Published: April 16th 2011April 16th 2011
Escalante-Petrified Forest State Park
An overview of the park - that is our campsite down below looking from the Pertified Forest Trail
We arrived at Escalante, Utah on March 30, and set up at Petrified Forest State Park. There was a great trail right in the campground that was loaded with huge pieces of petrified wood - tree size pieces - BIG trees. This area was once a flood plain and also located near the equator, a VERY long time ago. It was tropical then with ferns and palms and huge coniferous trees - and that is what we were looking at - seems incredible.
To get to one of our hiking areas we took Hole in the Rock Road for about 27 miles to Dry Gulch Trail. This was the beginning of two slot canyon trails. The first, Spooky, got so narrow between the canyon walls that it was too spooky for us. We did hike through Peek-a-Boo though. That was a very challenging hike through narrow canyon walls with drop offs and slide throughs. When we got to the end there was a 25' drop to the canyon floor. It seemed at first that we would have to turn around and retrace our steps. But four 20 year olds appeared at the bottom of the 25 foot
The colors in this petrified wood are incredible - it is a good thing it is so heavy or visitors would have carried it all away by now,.
drop and with them telling us where to place our feet and hands we were able to climb/slide out. What an adventure that was!
There isn't much in the 'town' of Escalante, the attraction is the hiking in the area with trail names like Devil's Garden and Death Hollow Box Canyon.
Our next stop was Moab, Utah, where we waited for Kris and Ed to join us. We all visited Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park and Fisher Towers. LOTS of hiking and walking and oohing and aahing and saying how absolutely beautiful this area is. Canyonlands is an enormous park with 3 separate areas. We went to the one known as Island in the Sky. This is a 2,000' high mesa that that has been carved by the Colorado and Green Rivers - an area so different from Arches N.P. Take a close look at the Fisher Towers picture - there are actually people climbing to that very narrow piece of rock at the top!!
At the end of their visit we were happily exhausted. One final adventure for Kris and Ed was sleeping on our new hide-a-bed couch with the new air mattress.
Apparently it leaks, so at 3 in the morning they were pumping air into it again and by morning they were once again feeling the frame. It was great to see them.
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