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Address: P.O. Box 221, Petrified Forest National Park, AZ 860289
Phone Number: 520-524-6228
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This desert is famous for its striking bands of colors.

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Mother Nature at her Finest

We spent six hours in the park, weather was perfect with Temps in the upper 50, so very comfortable hiking in the Arizona sun. The colors were spectacular in the rock formation... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Alaine B
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Howards Grove, Wisconsin
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Howards Grove, Wisconsin
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15 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We spent six hours in the park, weather was perfect with Temps in the upper 50, so very comfortable hiking in the Arizona sun. The colors were spectacular in the rock formation, and the Cyrstal Forest was beatiful. We stopped at every viewing point. Park staff was friendly and very helpful. Nice way to spend the day.

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North Richland Hills, Texas
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6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Even in the July heat, this trip is worth the effort. The views are unmatched, and the formations are interesting. Take your time and read the signs. Be sure to stop at the ranger station and education center.

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Thank Jeff E
Rochester, NY
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229 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 211 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

If you can, plan a half day and drive from the south entry of the Petrified Forest north, ending at the Painted Desert. Two reasons to go south to north: one, the sun is not in your eyes as you drive, and two, ending at the Painted Desert in the late afternoon gets you maximum color. The walks are wonderful... More 

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4 Thank vpoleshuck
Apex, North Carolina
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74 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We saw the painted desert as part of our visit to the Petrified National Forest. The colors were amazing and the landscape was something so new to us. My kids could not stop taking pictures. A stop at the visitor's center helped us make the most of our stop.

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Thank ncbiscuit
new york city
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38 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Out of the way and so worth it! Never seen anything like this, it was really spectacular, made me feel like I was on another planet. The painted desert and petrified national forest should be done together, can take about 2.5hours, part driving and part walking and whole extraordinary. Really go back in time here and appreciate being able to... More 

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Thank ihearttheworld
Rockville, MD
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34 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped here on our long drive from Maryland to Las Vegas. It felt great to get out and stretch our legs for a few 1-mile walks and take in the scenery and geological history over a few hours. Funny that someone mentioned the person working in the Painted Desert Visitor Center...we had a laugh over her. Normally the people... More 

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Tennessee Ridge, Tennessee
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20 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We've heard good things about the Painted Desert so did research and made plans to visit. When we got there we found out the fee for cars to enter had recently almost doubled in price. While it still may be a reasonable value for a large family or van load of people it doesn't feel worth it for a car... More 

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1 Thank Maybeyesmaybeno
Alvin, Texas, United States
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17 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Though this was really neat, I'm glad we didn't make a special trip to see it. You can see all you need to see in a few minutes. The trail near the visitor center is short and you can see the best petrified trees there. It doesn't take long. The drive to see the painted desert was just eh for... More 

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Clemmons, North Carolina
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79 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2016

I came through here on a cold day with my parents while driving through the national park. The desert is very appropriately named - the mix of colors actually make it look like someone had to have painted it! The main road through Petrified Forest National Park offers about 7 or 8 overlooks of the desert, and each one is... More 

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2 Thank Andrei S
Irvine, California
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177 reviews
112 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016

This was our final stop. It was so beautiful. We didn't hike. It has a "leftover" snow and it enhanced the color. It looked a lot more red.

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