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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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We were here in April 2015' were from England and travelling Route 66. What an amazing experience. We entered the park at the pettrified Forrest entrance of the park and was... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 21, 2015
Eluzabeth O
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Merseyside, United Kingdom
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Merseyside, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

We were here in April 2015' were from England and travelling Route 66. What an amazing experience. We entered the park at the pettrified Forrest entrance of the park and was stunned that the charge for entry was only 10 dollars for the car, not per person, but for the car! (Should charge more it's worth it). Stunning scenery, amazed... More 

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Orange County, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Recommend seeing like other national parks. I liked the petrified forest section the best. Amazing to imagine these ancient trees and what the land use to look like. The colors today are amazing!

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

Very peaceful and very beautiful. We were there on a breezy day. It somehow enhanced the effect the painted desert had on us. There are many places you can stop and take pictures or just enjoy the quiet. There are bathrooms at only a few sights, so pace your beverage intake. We started with the desert and then went south... More 

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Concord, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

You either enter the National Park at the Painted Dessert or the Petrified Forrest. My husband and I paid a $10 (total) entry fee. It was money well spent. I would estimate that it is about a 20 mile trip that includes a few short hikes, scenic pull offs, two visitors centers, and the Painted Dessert Inn. The landscapes are... More 

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Hoschton, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

As we drove up to the first view point, my daughter jumped out of the car, and she said' "I have never seen anything so beautiful." I had to agree with her!!! I also want to state that a camera cannot pick up the vivid color of this place. You have to visit it in person to truly appreciate it.... More 

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Nashville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

Awesome place to visit if you like pretty colors :) Part of the petrified forest, really easy to get to with minimal hiking required.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

My recommendation is to come into the park from the 40 and drive south through the park and finish at the Rainbow Forest Museum. Take your time and do all the side roads, I went in the morning and the colours were spectacular. I can only imagine how good it would look at sunset.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015 via mobile

Absolutely breath taking. Imagine the Indian people roaming this land then turn around and see the interstate. What would the Navajo make of it now...amazing!!!!

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Ridgecrest, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

Although the petrified forest is quite interesting, the painted desert makes the experience. Be sure you stop and take many photos. You will not be sorry. Make sure you go inside the visitors center. It is really an old restaurant. Make sure you check out the Indian jewelry.

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Dronfield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

We had a fascinating drive through the park, stopping at the viewing points. The staff at the information centres are knowledgable and very helpful. We enjoyed the first 15 or so miles but then it becomes "more of the same". However, it is a really amazing area.

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