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

My husband and I took the drive through the park starting in the south end of the Petrified Forest and head north to end in the Painted Desert. It's a beautiful drive with several... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
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Bakerstown, Pennsylvania
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35 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

My husband and I took the drive through the park starting in the south end of the Petrified Forest and head north to end in the Painted Desert. It's a beautiful drive with several pull offs for pictures. Each stop has board and signs with information on it. There's a film shown at the visitors center at each end, but... More 

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Blackpool, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

I really regret not having scheduled more time here during my whistles top tour of arizona, the ever changing light and shadows are a site to behold.

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Stillwater, Oklahoma
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

This is one of those sites that you have to be there at the right time of the day. Otherwise, it is just a interesting place. We hit it perfectly with our daughter-in-law and our oldest granddaughter. Wow, what a sight!

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Moro, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

If my memory is correct, the drive through the Painted Desert from the Petrified Forest National Park is 28 miles long. When we paid our fee and entered the beginning of the drive, the ranger warned us that we only had a little more than an hour and a half to finish the 28 mile drive. As we pulled away... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

We enjoyed our visit to the park. We took our time and many pictures. It had rained the day before so everything was clean and fresh. I highly recommend it.

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Chesterfield, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

take at least half a day to see these two. they are next to each other kind of in the larger scheme of things. There is lots of opportunities to do several short hikes in the petrified forest and a cool gift shop just outside the park. In order to see it well, one needs to walk. most of the... More 

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Paris, France
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

We went in through Route 66 gate which we think is the best option and we drove the 28 miles road southward in the park. We have had a pleasant welcome with lots of explanation. Thank you to the visitors center staff ! The overviews on Painted Desert first are awesome. The very best part is the second one with... More 

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Kent UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

This National Park, not far from Holbrook in Arizona, is well worth a visit. Just off the Interstate 40, it also straddles the "Mother Road", Route 66, now virtually defunct of course although parts remain. We entered at the Painted Desert end of the Park. We watched an 18 minute film presentation in the Visitor Centre and then had a... More 

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San Diego, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

Enter the Park off of I 40 and stop at the information booth for maps and directions. This is a lovely trip. If you go through the entire Park it takes about three hours. Majestic views and natural beauty throughout the Park. The Petroglyphs were extremely interesting and easy to view. Much beauty and lots of picture opportunities. The trees... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

Amazing place to come and see. Make sure you go off the main road to see some of the off the beaten path sites. The Blue Mesa was amazing as were all the sites to see in the Park.

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