Escalante Petrified Forest State Park
Escalante Petrified Forest State Park is a state park of Utah, half a mile north of the town of Escalante. Escalante Petrified Forest State Park is located at Wide Hollow Reservoir, a small reservoir that is popular among tourists and locals for boating, camping, hiking, canoeing, fishing and water sports. This state park is located near the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument. The visitor center for this park is a popular place to see petrified wood, petrified dinosaur bones, ammonite, and shell fossils.
Backstory and Context
In 1872, Almon Harris Thompson first explored the Escalante River. Thompson was a member of John Wesley Powell's survey party. Thompson decided to name the area after an explorer named Escalante, in which means to escalate upward like stair-steps. This expression describes the plateaus surrounding the park.
A 130-acre Wide Hollow Reservoir provides water recreation and fishing near this park. Off-highway vehicle (OHV) riding areas are also located nearby. This park is an ideal place to visit as well as the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument. The visitor center for this park was built in 1991. It features petrified wood, petrified dinosaur bones, ammonite, and shell fossils
Utah.com. 2018. Escalante Petrified Forest State Park. Website. https://utah.com/escalante-state-park