Ginkgo Petrified Forest State Park Interpretive Center

Ginkgo Petrified Forest State Park Interpretive Center, Vantage: Address, Ginkgo Petrified Forest State Park Interpretive Center Reviews: 4.5/5

Ginkgo Petrified Forest State Park Interpretive Center

Ginkgo Petrified Forest State Park Interpretive Center
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Nature center displaying a diverse collection of petrified wood.
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Alana
Bend, OR12 contributions
View and history
Jul 2020
Very cool place to see when on Vantage! The view from here is unbelievable and what a cool piece of history!
Written 5 July 2020
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roadtripswc
United States274 contributions
Love the hike and breathtaking views.
Jun 2020 • Family
We were able to do a little hike, unfortunately the Interpretive Center itself was still closed during our visit.
The lower part of the hill was rather gentle, and even one of the family members who has knee issues could walk up slowly. The ground was well maintained.
Written 18 June 2020
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CoralYBC
Everett, WA46 contributions
Educational and interesting
Oct 2019
The Interpretive Center is a small hidden gem. Uncrowded and easy to self lead your tour, well described exhibits, interesting employees who can speak about what you are seeing, and surprising petroglyphs around the corner.
Written 6 November 2019
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Loreen P
Seattle, WA212 contributions
Exploring The Ginko Petrified Forest
May 2019 • Couples
Have been wanting to check this State Park out. We decided to take the Vantage Hwy out of Ellensburg, this is a nice alternative to taking I-90. We reached the outdoor Trails, Takes you up along the hillside to view the different Petrified trees that we're found here. Unfortunately, because of vandal's, The trees are covered under a grate to protect them. You can see them fine, and they have little signs to tell you what tree you are viewing, but sucks for taking pics. There are also pretty wild flowers along the trail. We just did the 1.3 mile loop, Trail is mostly dirt, Some areas loose rock. Be sure to wear a hat, maybe have water with you. There is also a 3 mile loop you can do, I would suggest doing early day, or early evening, but they do alert you to be aware of Rattlesnakes. After this, we continued down the road 3 miles to the Interpitive center, Air Condition, also stopped in the cute Gem Shop, Great selection of Petrified pieces outside their store, Along with some fun photo ops with Dinosaurs. Beautiful views of the Columbia River. We are planning to come back, probably camp, and do more of the trail system we didn't get too. Nice camping areas near by.
Written 29 May 2019
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Jennie J
Kirkland, WA39 contributions
Skip Trees of Stone Interpretive Trail and go straight to the Ginkgo Petrified Forest Interpretive Center
Sep 2018 • Family
Skip the recently burned Trees of Stone Interpretive Trail and go straight to the small Ginkgo Petrified Forest Interpretive Center.

Although the path has many very large petrified trees of different types, they are all in metal cages to prevent theft, which makes them hard to see. Also, the signage is limited to the tree type, such as "Elm" or "Walnut" or "Douglas Fir." If you are looking for wild flowers, you'll also have more luck elsewhere, at least until the area recovers from the fire that left the hillside blackened.

You can see and touch many, many (smaller, but still large) petrified logs up close in the parking lot of the interpretive center, and there is good information about the petrified forest inside the small Interpretive Center. In addition to reading the displays and looking at the cross sections of petrified logs, ask the ranger to put start one of their several movies about the geology of the area. We watched the ones on the petrified forest as well as one on the Great Missoula Floods that shaped the area.
Written 24 September 2018
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DeeTeeSeattle
Brisbane, Australia55 contributions
Many examples of different petrified trees, Native Petroglyphs
Jul 2018 • Couples
Just off I-90 near Vantage, the Ginko Petrified Forest - Interpretive Center was very interesting, with many examples of different petrified trees. Large ones were outside and were interesting to touch and look at closely. Inside, examples were in display cases all around the room. A very comprehensive collection.
Good views of Lake Wanapum from the back of the center as it fronts the lake.
A surprise was the group of Native American petroglyphs on display outside. They were brought from elsewhere when the lake was created as they would have been underwater. Don't miss this - it's a separate path from the front of the Center around the right side at the back.
Staff were friendly and informative. We didn't do the trail to see petrified trees in situ, but could see it from the Interpretive Center. It's a State Park, so we bought a 12 month Discovery Pass for all State Parks in WA.
Written 24 July 2018
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apike01
Port Orchard, WA17 contributions
Souvenirs
Sep 2017 • Family
The shop was cute and had great stuff in it. We picked up souvenirs for the whole family. We also got some great pics outside. However we just finished doing the hike at the forest and the lady working behind the counter told us we should have stopped there 1st so her husband would have told us the park wasn't worth the trip! She was wrong! Our hike was great
Written 12 September 2017
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Carla T
22 contributions
Great scenery
Aug 2017 • Family
5 n 10 yr old loved this place.informative center,best views, kids could explain how the trees became petrified after seeing the video presentation. Nice Indian paintings.great photo opportunities.
Written 16 August 2017
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odhett
17 contributions
Short stop on I90
Jul 2017 • Friends
Nice little museum with a nice collection. Hours of operation "until dusk", but it was actually until 6pm
Written 19 July 2017
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akfishingirl
Anchorage, AK83 contributions
Above picture is of the Gem Shop
Aug 2016 • Business
Beautiful collection of Petried woods and rocks. The staff is friendly and seemed to especially enjoy talking with kids about areas geology.
Written 16 January 2017
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