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Painted Desert

P.O. Box 221, Petrified Forest National Park, AZ 86028
520-524-6228
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Type: Deserts
Activities: Camping, Hiking
Description: This desert is famous for its striking bands of colors.
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Robbins, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

We just loved the painted desert. It was if God took a paint brush and painted the buttes. They are so beautiful. The petrified forest was very interesting. We walked through it. It is its own beauty. Nothing else like it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

This park is combined with the Petrified Forest National Park - so driving through one you get to see both! The desert landscape was really amazing…hard to put into words how the vivid the vistas are. This is a place you can sit for hours just taking in the beauty of the place. Well work the trip!

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Boston
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

This is another fabulous National Park and shouldn't be missed if you're in the area. Amazing colors, landscapes.

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Glen Rock, Pennsylvania
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

We visited on a cool, overcast day which dimmed some of the colors but it is still breathtaking! The cool weather made walking very enjoyable. My teens took LOTS of photos!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Visited this attraction when staying at Lyman Lake State Park about 50 minutes from the southern entrance. We mostly drove to see the highlights and it was interesting. We didn’t see so much petrified wood as we saw painted desert. For me this was a “glad I went but maybe not again” trip. Nice diversion for several hours. And if... More

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Victoria, Texas
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

My father in law suggested we visit the Petrified Forest in AZ. I have read the reviews and I feel bad that I didn't feel the same way. It was pretty but after awhile it all looked the same. I do recommend it.

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Gilbert, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 via mobile

Words cannot describe the beauty of this place. When you look out and you see the brightly colored stone that seems to stretch on forever, you can't help but have a feeling of pure wonder! It was simply amazing and for an even better show stick around and watch the sunset hit the area and light up the area truly... More

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Dalton, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

We drove in from the South entrance of the Petrified Forest National Park. I so loved the experience, they have added so much more to the park. We explored many of the car pull outs along the way.

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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

By all means go to the Visitor Center and watch the movie about Painted Desert and Petrified Forest National Park. This is like two national parks rolled into one. Delightful to spend the day hiking, exploring, or even just driving. At the very least get out of your car at the wonderfully worthwhile view points. The kids love the Junior... More

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Kettering, United Kingdom
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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

My wife and I spent the morning driving through this magical place admiring the views that looked as though it could have been on another planet. At 10 bucks for a car, it was really worth every penny and would recommend a visit.

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