Escalante Petrified Forest State Park RV & Campground Guide
Explore an ancient forest that's been turned to stone at Escalante Petrified Forest State Park. Located just two miles from Escalante and 47 miles from Bryce, this park is one of southern Utah's hidden gems. Explore the trail system to see the famous trees and keep an eye out for petrified dinosaur bones and fossils. Then, cool off in the beautiful Wide Hollow Reservoir; it's perfect for fishing and paddling. Whether you're staying for a week or a weekend, the surrounding rock cliffs make a breathtaking backdrop for your adventures.
Spring 30-70 F
Summer 55-90 F
Fall 30-80 F
Winter 17-45 F
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Escalante Petrified Forest State Park
Take your vacation to the next level by camping in an RV during your stay at Escalante Petrified Forest State Park. If you don't own one, a great solution is an RV rental from RVshare; you can pick a model that fits your group perfectly and comes with the perfect amenities.
Escalante Petrified Forest State Park Campgrounds
The two Escalante Petrified Forest State Park campgrounds make an ideal home base for exploring the park and the surrounding area. Choose from basic sites and electric sites; some are 65+ feet long, so you'll have plenty of room for a big rig. There's a dump station close by, and hot showers are available from mid-March to mid-November. At Wide Hollow, sites are $20 per night; Lake View charges $28 per site.
Escalante Cabins & RV Park
Book a site just two miles from the park at Escalante Cabins & RV Park. This spot offers large RV sites, each with full hookups, cable TV, and free Wi-Fi. A short walk away, there are bathrooms, hot showers, and a laundry room. The best part, however, is the view; your site will overlook colorful cliffs. The restaurants and stores in Escalante are within walking distance, so you can explore on foot. Love to grill? Be sure to ask the owners about purchasing their family's locally raised beef to toss on your grill. Rates start at $38 per night.
Canyons of Escalante RV Park
Known for its exceptionally friendly staff and sparkling clean facilities, Canyons of Escalante RV Park delivers a comfortable and relaxing stay. All RV sites have full hookups, plus access to showers, bathrooms, and a laundromat. Access free Wi-Fi from anywhere in the park. This campground is a great option if you're bringing ATVs; the trails are accessible right from your site. Nightly rates start at $39.
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Escalante Petrified Forest State Park
Inside Escalante Petrified Forest State Park
Once you've set up camp, head straight for the petrified forest. With its massive stone trees, it offers a fascinating glimpse of the past. The park's visitor center is a great place to learn about the local area and check out more fossils. Down by the park's reservoir, the Floatwerks company offers kayaks, canoes, and paddleboard rentals in the park during the summer months. Bring your fishing gear because the lake is stocked with bluegill and rainbow trout.
Outside Escalante Petrified Forest State Park
Escalante Petrified Forest State Park is located in the heart of spectacular southern Utah. The region is known for its stunning red-rock formations and unusual geology. With the small town of Escalante a few minutes away, you'll find plenty in the way of dining and shopping within a few minutes of your campsite.
Many of the dishes at Devil's Garden Grill feature fresh, local ingredients; the restaurant even grows some of its foods. The hours change by the season.
Location: 530 W Main St, Escalante, UT 84726
North Creek Grill serves wood-fired pizza and a small selection of entrees that are also cooked over a wood fire. Ask for a table on the patio to dine with gorgeous views of the rocks.
Location: 3680 W, UT-12, Escalante, UT 84726
Sip a craft beer while you savor an appetizer or hot sandwich at 4th West Pub. This fun spot features rustic decor and an impressive commitment to the environment.
Location: 425 W Main St, Escalante, UT 84726
Stock up on fresh produce and other groceries at Escalante Mercantile, a tiny and friendly spot a few miles from the park. In the summer, the store hosts a live concert series.
Location: 210 W Main St, Escalante, UT 84726
Blind Coyote Trading Post
If you're in the market for a vintage piece, stop by the Blind Coyote Trading Post. It offers an array of interesting antiques.
Location: 535 West Main, Escalante, UT 84726
Escalante Rock Shop is a unique, eclectic place that’s a haven for rock-hounds. Search for everything from petrified wood to fossils to complete your collection.
Location: 1075 N Reservoir Rd, Escalante, UT 84726
Griffin's Grocery & General Merchandise
Located in the heart of Escalante, Griffin's Grocery & General Merchandise is a great spot to stock your RV with snacks and kitchen staples.
Location: 30 W Main St, Escalante, UT 84726
Pastel-colored cliffs stretch as far as the eye can see in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, which is located just south of Escalante Petrified Forest State Park. With more than 1 million acres of land to explore, you'll never run out of hikes. Check out slot canyons, climb rock formations, and watch out for the ancient rock art.
Location: Kanab, Utah
Geology buffs shouldn't miss a visit to Capitol Reef National Park, which lies about 70 miles north of Escalante Petrified Forest State Park. Here, you can see the "wrinkles" on the surface of the earth that were formed by years of shifting plates. With hiking, orchards, and fascinating ranger-led programs, there's plenty to do for everyone in your group.
Location: Torrey, Utah
Drive about an hour west to get to Bryce Canyon National Park. This singular spot is world-renowned for its hoodoos – brilliant red-rock columns that feature unusual, totem pole-style shapes. Hike through the rock formations or simply enjoy the breathtaking views from one of the many outlooks.
Location: Bryce, Utah
Take the three-mile hike to Escalante Natural Bridge to check out a gorgeous rock bridge that stretches high above the canyon floor. The trail is easy to follow, but be sure to wear water-safe shoes as you'll need to cross the shallow river several times along the way.
Location: Escalante, Utah
How to Get to
Escalante Petrified Forest State Park
Escalante Petrified Forest State Park sits just off of Highway 12. You can access it easily from the east or the west; just turn north on Reservoir Road west of Escalante.
Entering Escalante Petrified Forest State Park
Escalante Petrified Forest State Park is open every day, with the exception of Christmas and New Year's Day. In the summer, the park hours are 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.; in the winter, the hours are 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Day use : $8
Day use, Utah seniors 62+ : $4
Whether you're coming to paddle the reservoir or hike through the petrified trees, Escalante Petrified Forest State Park is sure to deliver a relaxing getaway. The team at RVshare would love to hear about your impressions. Share them by tagging RVshare in your social media posts or send them by email to [email protected]