During our stay visiting the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument we camped out at Escalante Petrified Forest State Park just outside Escalante, Utah. We were lucky enough to reserve a campsite in the park adjacent to the Wide Hollow Reservoir with great views of the lake and the surrounding Mesa's. The campground has great showers, restrooms and most important of us electric after five days of dry camping. We made our reservations before our tip as this park is quite popular and has just 22 sites
We enjoyed our first day hiking and relaxing at our campsite. We took a hike on the Petrified Forest trail near the campground. The trail took us up about 400 feet to the top of a plateau to a Petrified Forest of trees that dated back about 150 million years ago. These crystalized trees were preserved by a process related to volcanic activity in this area just after the dinosaurs disappeared.
The Grand Staircase at Escalante National Monument has a varied landscape as it begins in the Dixie National Forest high up at about 9,000 feet gradually descending into the the Colorado River basin. The landscape here transitions from white rock to red rock canyons and multiple geological formations that leave you with a sense of wonder that nature can be so diversified in a way that defies the imagination.
|Our campsite at the Escalante Petrified Forest State Park|
|Wide Hollow Reservoir at just after sunrise|
|Barbara on the trail to the Petrified Forest, The Wide Hollow Reservoir is in the background|
|Petrified Log shining in the late spring sun|
|The view of the campground from high up on the trail|
|Flower blooming in the warm spring sun next to a petrified log|
|The CCC bridge on the Hell's Backbone road in the Dixie National Forest|
|The view from the CCC bridge on the Hell's Backbone Road|
|The amazing beauty and vistas of Escalante National Monument|
We were so amazed at the incredible beauty that makes this area of Utah so special. The Burr trail road out of Boulder, Utah provides visitors a great opportunity to see how special this area is and how it must be preserved for our children's children.
|White checkerboard Mesa at the beginning of Burr trail road|
|A red sandstone arch in Gulch area of the Burr Trail Road|
|The Gulch area of the Burr Trail Road|
|Barbara in front of a slot canyon just off the Burr Trail Road|
|Happy as I can be, Life is good|
|View of the steep walls in the slot canyon|
Beautiful pictures Doug! I can't wait until we too are out exploring the West.ReplyDelete
Thank you. I know how special visiting our national public land can be. I am excited for you knowing that you are at theDelete
beginning of a lovely journey together.
Looks like you are having a wonderful trip. You are inspiring Iain and me to explore the West! -- Iain and LindaReplyDelete
Beautiful pix! Glad you are having a great time!ReplyDelete
Glade you enjoyed my pictures. Barbara and I will be traveling out west again this summer. We will be visiting Oregon and Washington State stopping at some lovely public lands along the way. I will be blogging our adventures along the way. Hope you enjoy our travels again this year.Delete