Escalante Petrified Forest State Park is located in beautiful southern Utah, just 44 miles east of Bryce Canyon National Park. Hike along park nature trails through a petrified forest, camp along the shores of Wide Hollow Reservoir, or rent a canoe and paddle on its clear waters. At the Visitor Center, view displays of plant and marine fossils, petrified wood and fossilized dinosaur bones over 100 million years old.
Surprising little hike. I've been to the Petrified Forest NP. This is more condensed but the petrified wood is every bit as interesting. The plus here is that it is not that visited and there is a bit of elevation change. The NP is flat. If you go, make sure you take the Sleeping Rainbow loop. There are more colorful pieces there and is well worth the extra hiking. The $8 admission was a bit of a surprise. They had a lone state employee taking $ and giving out maps. Still, the $ are for preservation and I am good with it.
Trail was great! Initial climb out from parking lot was the hardest section on this part of the trail. Partway up the trail, there's an intersection with another, more strenuous loop called the Sleeping Rainbow Loop (actually, I forget the name, but it's rainbow something). It's much steeper, but this is where you will find the majority of the petrified trees in this park. I would HIGHLY recommend if you do this trail to also embark on the Rainbow loop as well. It adds an additional 0.6 miles to the hike but is very much worth it.
A great easy hike. The initial climb is a little long, but this is a fun and easy short hike. The petrified wood is great and there are a lot of unique colors you rarely see! The campground here is awesome too, the only showers we got to use while we were out in Utah.