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Wolverine Petrified Forest

Wolverine Petrified Forest

Petrified Logs at Wolverine Petrified ForestWhat To See and Do: The Wolverine Petrified Forest, located on the west side of the Circle Cliffs area in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, is the second largest Late Triassic petrified forest in North America (behind Petrified Forest National Park). Giant fossil logs of araucarian conifers (Norfolk Island Pine relatives) litter the beautiful badland slopes eroded into the 220 million year old purple and maroon clays of the Chinle Formation.

 

How To Get There: The Wolverine Petrified Forest can be reached from the town of Boulder by driving about 18 miles east on the Burr Trail, which is paved in this section, to a rough unpaved side road that travels south. The forest is about 8 miles south of this junction on the south side of the road in the area where the road crosses the usually dry Wolverine Wash. A small parking area is provided here and the forest is briefly described on a nearby sign. For peace of mind on visits to the area, a high-clearance or four-wheel-drive vehicle is recommended, especially in wet weather or shortly after rainstorms.


Please respect this petrified forest! Visitors to the Wolverine Petrified Wood Natural Area are reminded to leave the petrified wood for others to enjoy. In fact, collecting of anything, including petrified wood, in Grand Staircase – Escalante National Monument is now illegal to all but permitted researchers.

Contact Information: For more information about this locality, please contact the Escalante Visitors Center, 755 W. Main Escalante, UT, 84726. Phone: 435-826-5499; Summer Hours: 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM, 7 days a week, mid-March - mid-November. Winter Hours: 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM, mid-November - mid-March.


For more information about the Wolverine Petrified Forest, click on the link to read "The Wolverine Petrified Forest" by Sidney Ash, published in the UGS Survey Notes, Volume 35, Number 3, August 2003.