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

I had been to the Painted Desert and Petrified Forest several years ago, and my husband had been there as a child; we decided to make a return visit en route to Flagstaff and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 19, 2015
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Santa Fe, NM
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Santa Fe, NM
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

I had been to the Painted Desert and Petrified Forest several years ago, and my husband had been there as a child; we decided to make a return visit en route to Flagstaff and enjoyed the area again, especially the Petrified Forest. There is a very nice walk you can take in the Forest that allows you to see a... More 

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Braintree
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

The Painted Desert is the first part you visit and it is eponymous. Interesting but samey. The Petrified Forest is a mass of different shapes and sizes of petrified wood, scattered everywhere. It is an amazing place and well worth time spent. Recommended.

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Grayling, Michigan
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39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

We had no plans of going there but I just couldn't pass it up. The red, blue, and gray mounds will really something to see! The petrified wood shines so bright in the sunlight! So glad we went through it.

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Zuni, VA
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27 reviews 27 reviews
12 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

This is in the middle of nowhere, but well worth the drive and the time! Breathtaking colorful vistasin the painted desert. Amazing chunks of petrified wood to wander through. Nature is amazing. This is truly awe inspiring.

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Corona de Tucson, AZ
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76 reviews 76 reviews
16 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

Stunning views that I really enjoyed getting to see but wow, it is out in the middle of nowhere. It was the company with me that made it all worth it. This was on my bucket list so I took the time to drive to it. I am not disappointed at all but am glad that there were a few... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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235 helpful votes 235 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

This is a photographer's dream: the colours are so rich and varied. The park's road has numerous strategic pullouts, each with unique views.

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Cranbury, New Jersey
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129 helpful votes 129 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

The painted desert and the petrified forest are one park connected by a road that runs from one end to the other. I would recommend that you only start at the painted desert end if it is early in the morning as that along with evening is when the light is best. There are information ranger stations at both ends.... More 

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Milton, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015 via mobile

In early September of last year we drove into the Petrified Forest National Park entering from the south entrance and drove the length of it. The Painted Desert provided a colourful magnificent backdrop to our half day journey. Worth finding the old car in the middle of the desert where the old Route 66 was originally. It's a wonderfully quiet... More 

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Livingston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

It's a little bit of a drive through this National Park. Very colorful, and the Petrified Forest is awesome!

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Edison, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

I has been a dream of ours to visit the Painted Desert and we weren't disappointed. From the time that we stopped at the Rangers/Visitors Station and received a map and helpful guidance to the whole drive through it was wonderful. At every look out the view is stunning and if you walk a few feet and look again the... More 

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