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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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Midland, Texas
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89 reviews 89 reviews
24 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 NEW

Very scenic park. It has more than just rocks. There is a lot of native history in the park (dwellings, petroglyphs), nice visitors center. We were here in July and the park can be brutally hot. Be sure to bring plenty of water if visiting in the summer. The hikes are short but there is NO cover of any sort... More

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San Antonio, Texas
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32 reviews 32 reviews
22 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 NEW

Our concierge at our resort told us it would only take us about 2 hours to do the park. We drove from Sedona and entered the park from the southeast side. We first hit the petrified forests and spent time at the center. We didn't wait for a tour or the movie. I have seen petrified wood before but this... More

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Fairbanks, Alaska
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28 reviews 28 reviews
9 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

I have seen photos of the Painted Desert, and was a little disappointed at first. But after driving a few miles into the area, I started seeing the layers of colors, one on top of the other like a jar of colored sand layers. It looked just like the photos I saw as a young girl. The colors were beautiful.... More

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Goleta, California
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13 reviews 13 reviews
11 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

I love all our National Parks and would love to see all of them some day. This park was great because you could just drive through if you are short on time. Stop at the Visitors Center though, it will enhance your visit. The Petrified Wood is very cool to see. We even saw a very colorful Collared Lizard that... More

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California
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92 reviews 92 reviews
37 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

The Petrified Forest and Painted Desert national parks are well worth the visit, even if you only drive through and look at the different terrains and vistas. We especially enjoyed the Blue Mesa area. It was troubling to read about how the petrified wood was systematically taken over the years by visitors. With the big desert sky we were able... More

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Sarasota, Florida
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW via mobile

This was my first visit to this part of the country. I am from Maryland and had never seen the desert or mountains (mesas) like this ever before. The colors and terrain were absolutely beautiful. I would love to return one day.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

We were pleased to stop and take our kids to see the petrified forest but were literally ignored while standing in line. We decided to go out for a drive into the forest and a park ranger followed close behind us. When my husband stopped to make a u turn so that we could turn around and leave the ranger... More

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Libertyville, Illinois
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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

The petrified logs are only the half of it! The beautiful formations of teepee, blue Mesa, and painted desert are not to be missed. Best of all you can drive thru most of it if you're short on time. Enter in the South and exit North or vice versa and hop back on 40.

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Columbus, Ohio
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24 reviews 24 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

This park is combined with the Petrified Forest. The Painted Desert red, yellow, green and blue colors are so vivid, and the desert views are spectacular. There are many scenic overlooks on the 22 mile drive on Historic Route 66 that connects the parks. Don't miss the Petroglyphs overlook, they are easy to see. There are several trails available at... More

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Olathe, Kansas
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Our family was close to our final destination in Pinetop, Arizona when we decided to take time to drive through the painted desert and petrified forest for fear we wouldn't have time on our return trip home to Kansas. It was around noon on a hot day in July. We hoped to grab some lunch in the cafe to revive... More

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