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Owner description: Nature center displaying a diverse collection of petrified wood.
Reviewed 12 September 2014

You can wander around the park and enjoy the views, that's the best part. You can also check out petrified forest remains and Native American petroglyphs which is neat. A good visit.

Date of experience: July 2014
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Reviewed 4 June 2014

My husband and I were on a road trip to Wyoming from Vancouver and stopped here. As a tree biologist, I found it fascinating to see that these now petrified conifers had once thrived here in this place that is now a desert. There were also some really nice wildflowers. I am convinced that desert flowers are the most spectacular, probably just because they stand out so much in the landscape. This was also just a great place to get out and take a 30 minute walk to stretch your legs. Definitely recommend if you are passing by!

Date of experience: May 2014
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Reviewed 8 July 2013

You would expect to see Ginkgo trees in a warmer and more temperate place. But by Vantage, Wash., on the west side of the I-90 bridge, there is a forest of petrified ginkgo trees. You can wander dirt trails on a hillside to see all the half-buried ginkgo trees. It is easier to just stop at the store outside the park for the best specimens. If you park at the museum, you will need a pass, and it costs $30 for the annual pass (for all Washington day-use parks) or, I think, $10 for the day. So if you are on a tight budget, go to the store near the entrance to the park, and then drive farther up the main road to gain access to the dirt trails. The museum has some exhibits that explain how a ginkgo trees ended up here, in what had been a swamp sometime in the past. I would also recommend that you go to Wanapum Dam, down the river some 10 miles south. Watch the film about the Great Missoula Floods. The film will explain the sights you will see if you travel north toward Wenatchee and Banks Lake toward Grand Coulee Dam. It will explain how all the coulees were formed, and why there are huge granite boulders out in the middle of farm fields, during the repeated floods. Wanapum Dam is also free, and so you can see most of this without paying the $30 annual fee.

Date of experience: June 2013
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Reviewed 24 March 2013

I was so happy with our trip to the Ginkgo petrified forest and interpretive center. There were many large pieces of petrified wood at the int. center that we could feel and take pictures of, the dinosaurs were fun to take pictures with, and the little store had so many amazing rocks and the owners were very knowledgeable. My kids all picked pieces of petrified wood we bought and brought home. We live in Everett and drove 1 hour from our cabin to visit, it was a lovely drive and this time of year was a perfect time to go, as it wasnt too hot, as it usually is in the summer.
Vantiage only has one restaurant though, it was a little hamburger place, it was good food, but we waited in line forever, just to order, then waited forever to get our food. Though I guess thats what you do, when there is no where else to eat.

Date of experience: March 2013
2  Thank Jessica H
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Reviewed 26 May 2012

This was a great display of the petrified wood from the forests that used to be in the area. There are also a couple amazing petroglyph panels created by Native Americans with the remainder of them lost beneath the lake behind Wanapum Dam.

Date of experience: May 2012
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