Explore the most popular kid friendly trails near Escalante with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

It was just ok, you're really doing this for the petrified trees. I had already seen them in the Black hills so this was nothing special.

You need to do the optional loop to see a decent amount of the petrified wood which is indeed rather steep.

So interesting! The interpretive guide is helpful to really appreciate this unique hike. It is fairly easy, and worth the time. We were alone on the trail which was an added bonus. The state park is a pleasant spot to rest for lunch by the reservoir- the Frogs sounded great.

A short hike to a great little arch in a wash. Hike up the wash 100 yards to find the tunnel/subway fed by a dry waterfall. The wash is prone to flash flooding so watch the weather.

It is not only great for kids...it's a giant playground for adults!! Really super for a short morning or late afternoon trip!!

Yikes wish we had read Doug’s post from last year , we only hiked to the bridge , not knowing about the arch , dwelling, or petroglyphs beyond the bridge .Start early , we hiked early afternoon & it was a scorcher ! The multiple water crossings were cooling, but not deep , so we kept crossing bare/footed which slowed us down as we put hiking shoes on/off. Long stretches of this trail are full sun & deep sand. We found ourselves rushing to each shady spot for relief .The sand definitely slowed us down. Look forward to repeating this hike just earlier in the day & continuing further.

Great hike and super dog friendly. Lots of place for the pup to cool off. Only thing I’d do different is bring river shoes. I went barefoot after the second crossing or so and the sand does get plenty hot.

Lovely, relaxed hike through sand and 4-5 shallow river crossings. The natural bridge at the end is towering and majestic. The babbling stream cooled our feet, and around every curve, a stunning, different canyon view appeared.

hiking
2 months ago

Good hike, great scenery. Trail follows the river so if you or the pups get hot, wade on in. The water was a great break.

hiking
2 months ago

Neat area to wander around in for awhile. Lots of little side trails to explore, with cool rock formations. There is no water at the park.

Perfect for kids that like to explore.

Fun hike and nice to stop and play in the water. The sand gets HOT! Took my two small kids. We didn’t make it all the way, because they wanted to stop and play in the water and sand.

Fun little hike. We also walked up a narrow canyon west and south of the arch that fed into the wash. Short but would be torture on a hot day.

Don’t believe the trail route indicated here — if you follow it exactly you’ll be stranded on the cliff edge.

nature trips
2 months ago

This is a photographer's dream. Loved the garden and easy access to drive to, no hiking!

A nice hike if you have 2 hours, but not a must do. To really see the petrified wood, you need to do the optional trail loop, making the total hike 2.3 miles. $8 entrance fee per vehicle.

hiking
3 months ago

I rate this five stars for its ease of accessibility and beauty. There are not many areas where you can pull off the road and immediately be swept up in a hiking wonderland.

The drive on BLM200 is a little rutted but not so bad that our car, “Pepe the Prius” couldn’t make it.

Great for afternoon picnics or a quick place to just enjoy the splendor and enchantment of an unusual destination.

Easy parking and bathrooms onsite.

Hike, enjoy, relax and discover. Lots of fun for all ages.

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scenic driving
3 months ago

Nice drive from Escalante to Boulder. Takes you into the higher elevation timber, and then to the canyon w/bridge overlook. Overlook was fun. It was just a nice diversion to driving up and down 12 hiway.

hiking
3 months ago

Fun hike!

hiking
3 months ago

Fun for the family!

Extremely fun trail with great views of the lake and Escalante. The trail is fairly steep in places and is quite rocky as it ascends to the top of a plateau. The normal loop provides some views of petrified wood, but the best wood is on the .75 mile Rainbow loop extension, which drops off the plateau the climbs back up onto it. While slightly more strenuous than the climb to the plateau, the views of the wood and the landscape are totally worth it. The informational pamphlet is worth reading also, as it gives good info on the nature surrounding the trail. I saw about 20 deer on the top of the plateau. Highly recommend this trail with the Rainbow Loop Extension.

Awesome hike! Nice gradual but quick uphill to begin the hike. Levels out to a nice high-desert alpine ridge. Take the extra 3/4 rainbow loop for a much more intimate look with the petrified forest, but be ready to get the blood pumping a little bit on the way back up.

After the 3/4 loop it can get confusing to get back to the main trail since everything starts looking like trails through the pines, but you'll eventually see the way back to the parking lot once you're on top of the ridge looking out into the reservoir!

Worth the $8.

hiking
5 months ago

Fun area for the kids to explore.

hiking
5 months ago

This trail was much more than what we though it was going to be. There was flat red rock that we walked along for as far as we could.. Then crosses the wash and walked along the edge of the white cliffs! So amazing! It was windy but sunny sunny! It was a beautiful relaxing great walk. And absolutely quiet and peaceful!!

Do I need a 4WD or all wheel drive at all for Fortymile Ridge Road? I just want to get to the trailhead without getting stuck.

hiking
7 months ago

Such a fun area to walk around and play! Lots of room to explore and take in the solitude.

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!

hiking
7 months ago

Did it on the way out with the sun setting. Really cool and interesting formations.

scenic driving
7 months ago

nice drive through the woods with a HIGH bridge - dropoffs near road may give some pause, but road is well maintained. not a great idea during deer season, woods will be full of hunters, ask locals when hunting season starts. nice views of changing aspen in fall. watch for cattle on road.

fun hike but a long drive, take water, no cell phone service. Sunset Arch 37.37588, -111.04835, Sunrise Arch 37.37296, -111.04727, Rocket Arch 37.35571, -111.04148, Passageway Arch 37.35461, -111.04176, about 5.5 miles roundtrip going south from the parking lot, more or less in a line going south

hiking
8 months ago

pretty, but hot and sandy in summer

walking
8 months ago

easy, fun for kids

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