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Painted Desert

Address: P.O. Box 221, Petrified Forest National Park, AZ 860289
Phone Number: 520-524-6228
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Grand Canyon South Rim Day Trip from Sedona
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Type: Deserts, Nature & Parks
Activities: Camping, Hiking
Owner description: This desert is famous for its striking bands of colors.
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Type: Deserts, Nature & Parks
Activities: Camping, Hiking
Owner description: This desert is famous for its striking bands of colors.
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Mobile, Alabama
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55 reviews 55 reviews
31 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

The Petrified Forest and the Painted Desert are connected. Definitely worth driving through. The trees in the Petrified Forest lived over 200 million years ago. Saw petroglyphs from a distance at Newspaper Rock. Painted Desert Inn which is a National Historic Landmark was interesting to see with a menu showing food prices as lost as 15 cents for an ice... More 

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Hanover, Ontario
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54 attraction reviews
105 helpful votes 105 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

You need to know that the Petrified Forest and Painted Desert are both in the same park. You can enter at the north entrance where the Painted Desert visitor centre is or at the south entrance where the Petrified Forest Visitor centre is. The road is 28 miles and leads you through the entire park. We brought a lunch, water... More 

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Lisbon, Portugal
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21 reviews 21 reviews
16 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

This is a very different landscape. A very beautifull one. However, the trip is worthy if you also visit the petrified forest.

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Provo, Utah
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32 attraction reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

I had been there once before during the middle of summer and did not enjoy it as much as going this past winter. If you go during the cooler months, the temperature is pleasant so you can go for walks and enjoy the beauty of the area without the extreme heat. Give yourself enough time to enjoy the park, so... More 

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Fort Collins, Colorado
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34 reviews 34 reviews
18 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

Looking at photos of the painted desert and hearing about it from another person is one thing, its a whole other thing to see! The colors are so beautiful and the hills/mountains/mesas with all of their pastels will have you in awe of mother nature. Be sure to stop by the painted desert inn to learn more about its history... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

The Painted desert and petrified forest National Park was one of the highlights of my recent Route 66 road trip. It was a 35 (or so) mile scenic drive through the park with lots of parking areas with short easy walks to scenic view points. It took us hours to wind our way through the park and even then I... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

I was always intrigued by the idea of petrified wood and finally got to visit the Petrified Forest National Park last summer The petroglyphs on Newspaper Rock and Painted Desert are prime examples of why you should save more time to savor sights in the National Park System: they often offer more than their names suggest! The painted desert was... More 

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New Haven
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125 reviews 125 reviews
26 attraction reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

The National Park Service does a wonderful job safeguarding our national treasures. The Pained Desert/Petrifed Forest is one of those treasures. The Painted Desert is beautiful especially at sunrise and sunset. The Petrified Forest is unbelievable with petrified logs lying all over the desert. There is a Visitor Center.

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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224 reviews 224 reviews
87 attraction reviews
109 helpful votes 109 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

We weren't planning on touring, but we had a picnic lunch with us and were looking for a spot to eat. Saw this on the map, turned into the north entrance, talked to a ranger and took his advice for a detour. So glad we did. Not an overwhelming vista, like many other places in the Southwest, but a very... More 

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High Wycombe, United Kingdom
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47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

If you ever have a chance to see this place - please make sure you take it! Didn't really know what to expect, but the views and colours are just stunning. A unique experience.

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