Petrified Forest Nature Trail

MODERATE 28 reviews

Petrified Forest Nature Trail is a 2.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Escalante, Utah that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

2.1 miles
462 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly



nature trips




wild flowers


1 month ago

Rainbow Loop is a must! Regular nature hike path has some petrified wood but the added on 3/4 mile Rainbow Loop had much more to see and enjoy. It was well worth the add on! Without it, I’m unsure if I would have scored but a 2 or 3. When in doubt, hike it out!

6 months ago

Very nice short hike. Definitely the hike to do if u want to see petrified wood. You should always combine with the Sleeping Rainbow loop. Beautiful colors.

7 months ago

Good educational trail and the petrified woods are amazing! Good for kids, nice view of the reservoir from the top.

7 months ago

very nice, recommend taking time and read the pamphlet they give you. great views all around the top.

8 months ago

Beautiful views of the lake, with lots of petrified wood along the trail. Short enough trail for the younger kids. Bring water, not a lot of shade and make sure you grab a trail guide on the way up to identify the markers.

8 months ago

Very nice views on this well marked informative trail. Did not hike the Rainbow extension

9 months ago

Great walk with amazing whole tree sections of petrified wood. Do the upper loop if you can.

9 months ago

Great hike with beautiful views. Lots of petrified wood to see. Do both loops.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

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.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Super fun hike! A bit of a climb at the beginning, but overall it is a short hike with very cool scenery.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Very pretty. Was surprise you had to pay the $8 to get in the park, even if only hiking trail. It was very pretty. Make sure you hike the sleeping rainbow part. That is the best part.

Sunday, September 06, 2015

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.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

In the winter, there isn't enough foot traffic to pack down the snow or keep the trail visible, so bring a compass. My search for petrified trees was a bust.

scenic driving
Thursday, May 30, 2013

Nice easy trail,
another fine area off Utah Hwy 12!

Friday, May 25, 2012

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.

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