Escalante Petrified Forest State Park

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Coordinates: 37°47′16″N 111°37′46″W / 37.78778°N 111.62944°W / 37.78778; -111.62944
Escalante Petrified Forest State Park
Utah State Park
Piece of petrified wood Escalante Petrified Forest State Park.jpg
Large piece of petrified wood in Escalante Petrified Forest State Park
Country  United States
State  Utah
County Garfield
Location Escalante
 - elevation 5,900 ft (1,798 m) [1]
 - coordinates 37°47′16″N 111°37′46″W / 37.78778°N 111.62944°W / 37.78778; -111.62944
Area 1,350 acres (546.3 ha) [2]
Founded 1963 [2]
Management Utah State Parks
Visitation 57,934 (2011) [3]
IUCN category V - Protected Landscape/Seascape
Location of Escalante Petrified Forest State Park in Utah

Escalante Petrified Forest State Park is a state park of Utah, USA, located just outside the town of Escalante. In 1954 Wide Hollow Reservoir was constructed to provide irrigation for the town of Escalante. The reservoir is stocked with rainbow trout and bluegill, and is popular for water sports including swimming, boating and fishing. A visitor center was built in 1991, and features displays of plant and marine fossils, petrified wood and fossilized dinosaur bones over 100 million years old. The Petrified Forest Trail is a one-mile loop, winding through lava flows and thousands of pieces of petrified wood. The Sleeping Rainbows trail is an optional .75-mile (1.21 km) loop off the Petrified Forest Trail. This section is much steeper and requires scrambling and climbing over rocks.[4]

References[edit]

 This article incorporates public domain material from the website of the Division of Utah State Parks and Recreation.

  1. ^ "Escalante Petrified Forest State Park: About the Park". Utah State Parks. Retrieved 2011-02-05. 
  2. ^ a b "Escalante Petrified Forest State Park Resource Management Plan". State of Utah Natural Resources: Division of Parks and Recreation. September 2005. Retrieved 2011-02-05. 
  3. ^ "Utah State Park 2011 Visitation". Utah State Parks Planning. Retrieved 28 May 2012. 
  4. ^ "Escalante Petrified Forest State Park". Utah State Parks. 

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