Ginkgo Petrified Forest State Park encompasses a total area of 7,470 acres of land that is located in Kittitas County in the State of Washington. The park is about 29 miles east of Ellensburg city which is along the Columbia River. Ginkgo Petrified Forest State Park was proclaimed in 1935 and is governed by the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission.
Several features make Ginkgo Petrified Forest State Park an exciting place to visit. First, the park was demarcated as a historic preserve after remains of a fossil forest were unearthed in the area during extensive construction in the 1930s. Secondly, the petrified wood in the park is distinct because it comes from the Ginkgo tree, which is quite rare.
Third, the park is a National Natural Landmark because of the unique and unusual fossil forest. Fourth, the park also has cultural and historical significance because of the Wanapum, who were a Native American tribe that inhabited the area along the Columbia River from Snake River to Beverly Gap in prehistoric times. Fifth, the Wanapum, left over 300 petroglyphs into the basalt cliffs, some of which can still be viewed today.
Besides these attractions, the park is also an excellent place for a visitor to enjoy recreational activities including boating, camping, water-skiing, swimming, fishing, and hiking. Some of the amenities in the park to facilitate these activities include picnic sites, shoreline, museum, boat launch, 50 utility campsites, interpretive center, hiking trails, and a gift shop.
Dogs are undoubtedly allowed into Ginkgo Petrified Forest State Park, although with some restrictions. First, tail-waggers must always be on a leash that is no longer than eight feet long. Secondly, dogs must also be kept away from restricted areas of the park. Third, dog owners must keep their dogs well-behaved and clean up after their pooch.