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Welcome to Ginkgo Petrified Forest State Park

 
 
Welcome to Ginkgo Petrified Forest State Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, August 24, 2010
1. Welcome to Ginkgo Petrified Forest State Park Marker
Inscription. This landscape was built by ancient lava flows and sculpted by powerful Ice Age floods. Clues to this fascinating past are all around you.

Remains of a Fossil Forest
The park contains hundreds of pieces of petrified wood that were preserved within an ancient basalt lava flow known as the Ginkgo flow. These fascinating pieces were unearthed through a combination of Ice Age floods, erosion, and human activity. Many different species were preserved at the site, including ginkgo, maple, Douglas-fir, spruce, walnut, and elm.

Read the human history in the landscape!
The Columbia River has long been a travel and trade route for Native Americans. Early traders and settlers also traveled through the area, eventually building ferries and roads at this natural river crossing. In the 1930s the Civilian Conservation Corps built many structures in the park, including the interpretive center and the nearby stone house.

A Park of Intriguing Options
Visit the interpretive center, hike nearby petrified forest interpretive trails, or relax along the shores of the Columbia River at the Wanapum Recreational Area.

(Lower Left Photo Caption)
Ginkgo Petrified Forest State Park trails opened in 1938. To see petrified logs and Ice Age flood features, hike these self-guided
Basalt Layers Along the Columbia River image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, August 24, 2010
2. Basalt Layers Along the Columbia River
View to northeast from marker location
interpretive trails located along Vantage Highway two miles west of here.
 
Erected by Washington State Parks.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Civilian Conservation Corps marker series.
 
Location. 46° 57.283′ N, 119° 59.299′ W. Marker is in Vantage, Washington, in Kittitas County. Marker can be reached from Ginkgo Avenue half a mile north of Vantage Highway. Touch for map. Marker is located at the interpretive center for the Ginkgo Petrified Forest State Park; a entrance fee may be required. Marker is in this post office area: Vantage WA 98950, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Buried by Enormous Lava Floods (here, next to this marker); In the Path of Cataclysmic Floods (within shouting distance of this marker); Explore Massive Floodscapes! (within shouting distance of this marker); A Living Landscape (within shouting distance of this marker); Carving Out Basalt Layers (within shouting distance of this marker); Here and Gone (within shouting distance of this marker); Ginkgo Petrified Forest State Park (approx. 1.2 miles away); The Wanapums (approx. 1.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Vantage.
 
Regarding Welcome to Ginkgo Petrified Forest State Park.
Ginkgo Petrified Forest Interpretive Trails image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, August 24, 2010
3. Ginkgo Petrified Forest Interpretive Trails
Located two miles west of marker location on Vantage Highway
The interpretive trails for the Ginkgo Petrified Forest are located two miles west of the interpretive center on Vantage Highway.
 
Also see . . .  Ginkgo Petrified Forest State Park - Wikipedia entry. (Submitted on May 2, 2015.)
 
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Petrified Log of a Douglas Fir image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, August 24, 2010
4. Petrified Log of a Douglas Fir
On the Ginkgo Petrified Forest Interpretive Trails
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 2, 2015, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 205 times since then and 30 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on May 2, 2015, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.
 
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