"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime"-MARK TWAIN

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Escalante, UT


We made the move to Escalante on Saturday.  Pulled up and over a 8600’ mountain pass, then down the other side through Boulder.   No pics of the mountains as auto and ATV traffic was thick.  Then it was up the Hogback for rest of the journey.

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After all arriving safely, a few of us decided to hike the Petrified Forest trail at Escalante State Park.

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A short, but steep trail climbs up to the top of a plateau littered with the remains of a ancient forest.

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Some wildflowers and Claret Cups along the way.

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Some of what we came to see.

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A rockhounds paradise.  Thankfully, there were only a few signs of actual damage or removal by some that just had to have a chunk.

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A few still stood upright.  Pretty lady for perspective.

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Tons and tons of petrified wood every direction you looked.  Information booklet said it was all once alive near the Equator.   It’s traveled quite a ways to be here in Southern Utah. So many different variations of color in one log.

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You can also see the growth rings.  Another great little hike.


  1. Sure makes me wonder how it got there from the equator.

  2. Neat perspective with Casitas headed up the mountain road.


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