Petrified Forest

Tower, Wyoming 83011

Petrified Forest

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"The Petrified Forest on Specimen Ridge, extending over 40 square miles, contains one of the most extensive petrified forests in the world. Lava flows engulfed and entombed the deciduous forest 50 million years ago, preserving the still-standing ancient remains. Among the specimens are redwoods, sycamores, oaks, and maples. This hike is the shortest route to the Petrified Forest and is brutally steep. The trail climbs nearly straight up the ridge with little finesse. The impressive fossilized forest and panoramic vistas are worth every step of the steep ascent."

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"The Petrified Forest on Specimen Ridge extends over 40 square miles and contains one of the most extensive petrified forests in the world. Lava flows engulfed and entombed the deciduous forest 50 million years ago, preserving the still-standing ancient remains. Among the specimens are redwoods, sycamores, oaks, and maples. This hike is the shortest route to the Petrified Forest and is brutally steep. The trail climbs nearly straight up the ridge with little finesse. The impressive fossilized forest and panoramic vistas are worth every step of the steep ascent."

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Trail Information

Tower
Nearby City
3.5
Distance
1,600 feet
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Easy to Difficult
Skill Level
2 hours
Duration
Yellowstone National Park
Local Contacts
USGS Lamar Canyon, Trail Illustrated Tower/Canyon
Local Maps

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