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*** Site Availability Information ***: Individual campsites are available for reservation on a four-month rolling basis. For example, on January 10 individual sites are available for reservation through May 10. Group sites are available for reservation on an 11-month rolling basis. You can book a maximum of 13 days beyond the last date of the reservation window. For more information please contact our Reservation Call Center at 800-322-3770 between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. (Mountain Time) Monday through Friday. The call center is closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day.

Escalante Petrified Forest State Park, UT

Status: Open through Thu Dec 31 2015
Max reservation window: Fri Oct 02 2015
20 site(s) found


Escalante Petrified Forest State Park features colorful deposits of mineralized wood. Visitors will enjoy hiking through the petrified forest.


In 1872, a member of John Wesley Powell's survey party, Almon Harris Thompson, first explored the Escalante River. He decided to name the area after an explorer named Escalante, which means to escalate upward, like stairsteps, which describes the plateaus surrounding the park.


Guests to this park enjoy hiking, boating, fishing, ice fishing, swimming, wildlife viewing, petrified wood, photography, and camping


The nearby 130-acre Wide Hollow Reservoir provides water recreation and fishing. Off-highway vehicle riding areas are also nearby. The park is an ideal base for trips within the area, including Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument. visitor center was built in 1991, and features petrified wood, petrified dinosaur bones, ammonite, and shell fossils

Services & Amenities:

Within Facility
  • Ada Restrooms
  • Beach Access
  • Birdwatching
  • Boat Launch
  • Boating
  • Canoeing/Kayaking
  • Comfort Station
  • Drinking Water
  • Fire Pit, Grill & Table
  • Firepit Grill Cover Tbl
  • Fish Cleaning Station
  • Hiking
  • Hiking Trail
  • Hot Showers
  • Interpretive/ Nature Programs
  • Medium Tree
  • Parking
  • Pets Allowed
  • Picnic Tables
  • Picnicing
  • Ranger Station
  • Scenic Views
  • Sewage Disposal Station
  • Showers
  • Swimming
  • Visitor Center
  • Water Drinking
  • Wildlife
Alerts and Important Information
  • It is illegal to gather firewood or remove petrified wood.

  • Please bring your own firewood.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
37.78778, -111.62861
37°47'16"N, 111°37'43"W

Located 1.5 miles west of Escalante off Highway 12.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

Escalante Petrified Forest State Park
710 North Reservoir Road
ESCALANTE  UT  84726-0350

Phone Number:

Information:  (435)826-4466
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