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About Escalante Petrified Forest State Park
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State
Access
Drive In
Features
ADA Accessible
Alcohol Allowed
Drinking Water
Electric Hookups
Fires Allowed
Firewood Available
Market
Pets Allowed
Phone Service
Picnic Table
Reservable
Sanitary Dump
Sewer Hookups
Showers
Toilets
Trash Available
Water Hookups
WiFi
Location
Escalante Petrified Forest State Park is located in Utah
Latitude
37.7868 N
Longitude
-111.6309 W
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8 Reviews of Escalante Petrified Forest State Park
Nice Utah State Park with Fishing

We stayed here during our fall trip to Utah this year. We find the state parks offer more services and don’t tend to have the large crowds like the National Parks, especially in Utah. This park is next to a nice reservoir that provides boating and fishing options for campers. The camp itself is just off the main highway and can be accessed by both large trailers and RVs. This park has a wonderful view to the west over the lake with hillside to the east. The park staff were really customer friendly. Our site had some privacy even during the busy fall period. They have all the facilities you need including showers, water, power, and a dump station. While this may note have the natural beauty of the nearby parks, it’s situated between Zion and Arches National Park and makes for a nice stop over. The hikes in the park are terrific and you can see a number of examples of petrified wood and other interesting geological rock areas.

Fantastic area to visit- pretty campground

Been to this campground 3 times. The spots near the eastern part of the campground are really close together. In the past we snagged a spot in the grass under a Cottonwood tree and that was great. This most recent time we got site 04 which is very convenient and sunny. Not suitable for large tents- the designated space is TINY and boxed in. My extended family was offered a temporary spot right next to the lake.. and the road. They still enjoyed their stay. The Reservoir is amazing- in the past there have been vendors to rent canoes and rafts from but we went on Memorial Day this year and they weren't around yet. 

In late June the Cottonwood trees release their floating fluffy seed. If you are allergic this will be a problem but for me it was absolutely magical. There are stores nearby and the entry station has a small store that sells stickers and maps but not food. Stores in this area close early and on Sunday, come prepared.

The bathrooms are clean and the staff is friendly and informative. It can get VERY cold in early season May- we left early due to a major snow storm on Memorial Day so it's a good idea to check the local forecasts. There is also a fantastic hiking trail onsite which is great for the younger kids.

Great site

It was a weird site. The reservoir was pretty low and I’m not sure if people actually go in it even when it’s high. Great shower and toilet. There was a fish cleaning station. A couple of good pull through spots. There’s a cool trail through a petrified forest that was neat. It was a bit long for the kids (elementary and preschool), and they’re not nearly as impressed by petrified deadfall as we were. We hiked Lower Calf Creek falls from here. The campground at the trailhead was is where we’d try to get in next time. There were a lot of ants, they didn’t get into anything and didn’t bother us much. Probably could though if you’re camping equipment is more tempting or your site is more appealing for them.

Nice

Very well taken care of State Park campground. Sites are spaced nicely, most have a fire ring and a grill. Some site have ample tree shade, others come with a sun shade over picnic tables. The earth is very fragile in the Utah desert so the campground has a dishwashing station with running water and a very powerful hose to help prevent erosion within the campground. Be sure to not dump anything in the campsite and extinguish all fires. Bathrooms/showers are clean and maintained. I did not see any hookups for RV’s although many were camping. An hour drive from Bryce Canyon NP and less than 3 hours from Moab. There is a trail up to the petrified forest that is a ~40 min hike, as well as an entire fully preserved petrified tree that was relocated to the park to be held on display. The park itself is about a mile outside of the town of Escalante, UT. The town is small but has a couple gear/outfitting shops, grocers, coffee and ice cream. Great place to camp or pass through if you are doing a tour de Utah.

Quaint

We stayed here for one night on our way from Escalante through BCNP and back to SLC. We had a spot next to the water. It was calm and quiet. The bathrooms were immaculate and we loved the little mile hike in the campground. Despite the crazy amount of red ants, we loved the spot and would definitely come back!

Very Welcoming and Accommodating

Our original camping spot was invaded by small ants but the office was super accommodating when we wanted to switch spots. We were able to move to a great spot near the bathrooms. Sadly there aren’t many trees for hanging hammocks in the single spots.

its close to the town of Escalante and close to some great hikes!

accessible with amenities

I feel we got lucky with our camp site, not close to the RVs and hidden by shrubbery from other sites. We went in late April 2017, a bit windy and cold but worth it! Beautiful hiking trail that starts at the mouth of the campground. Its is close to Bryce, Kodachrome, and Staircase. If you don’t mind gravel road driving you can even get a trail that leads to Lake Powel. There are facilities for showering and bathrooms. It is also right on the edge of a lake.

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A campground that offers a bit of everything!

This is a beautifully maintained campground just outside of Escalante, Utah. The park rangers are extremely helpful and gave us great information about the park itself and things to do in the sorrounding area. There are many nature trails around the park that offer learning opportunities about the area's geological features and of course the amazing petrified forests of the region. It was an especially hot few days when we visited, so being right next to the Wide Hollow Reservoir was wonderful. We spent an afternoon laying in hammocks by the water, swimming around and even rented paddle boards for a few hours. There are standup paddle board, canoe and kayak rentals available by the dock (which is also a great place to go swimming and fishing!). The day use fee is $8 and camping is $20 per car. We had two tents at our site but they did not charge us a group fee. There are also RV camping options available. The bathrooms here are very clean and the showers were very refreshing after a hot day of hiking and swimming. There is even a camp kitchen area which were really helpful for scrubbing our cookware after many days of staying in more primitive campgrounds. All in all I would say that this is one of the best maintained state park campgrounds I have ever stayed in. It offers a bit of everything and is super family friendly as well!