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.
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.
Super fun hike! A bit of a climb at the beginning, but overall it is a short hike with very cool scenery.
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.
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.
Scott N K.
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.
Nice easy trail,
another fine area off Utah Hwy 12!
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.