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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, Outdoors
Activities: Camping, Hiking
Owner description: This desert is famous for its striking bands of colors.
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Type: Deserts, Outdoors
Activities: Camping, Hiking
Owner description: This desert is famous for its striking bands of colors.
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London, United Kingdom
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15 reviews 15 reviews
12 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014 NEW

Beautiful, natural, coloured rock formations interspersed with petrified woodland. At the shop I got a beautiful polished, russet coloured piece of petrified wood to take home with me. Well worth a visit.

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Eau Claire, Wisconsin, United States
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110 reviews 110 reviews
64 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014 NEW

The petrified trees are awesome, don't get me wrong, but the views of the painted desert will take your breath away. I stopped at every view point (which may have been a little overkill, but they do all offer different perspectives on the amazing landscape). There is a hike that connects a few of the lookouts which would be great,... More 

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Opelika AL
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80 reviews 80 reviews
41 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

It was cloudy today and cold but I am SO glad we did the drive into the park. We came in at the bottom and worked our way up. What an amazing couple of hours. We weren't able to stop at every view but we asked a ranger and received good advice as to what to view with limited time.... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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44 reviews 44 reviews
26 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

We had a limited time here and it was breathtaking. The views are majestic and the colors are amazing. This is a must see for anyone heading through the area! I would go back in a second and relive the beauty of this place.

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Texas
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22 reviews 22 reviews
10 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

OK folks this is a desert environment, if you expect a tropical rainforest replete with colorful parrots and the like then you are not nearly in the right zip code. The painted desert is absolutely wonderful, been there twice and already looking forward to the next visit with some of our friends. The drive is somewhat long and the road... More 

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Stockbridge, Georgia, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

This is a must for western travelers. Amazing vistas and the history of the park is amazing. Well worth the time to visit.

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Brisbane, Australia
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192 attraction reviews
95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

I guess I expected more colour, and what I got were shades of white, grey and red. We stopped at all the scenic lookouts along the way and saw so lovely views. The sun on the hills highlights the colours and there are picnic spots to take advantage of the setting. Also some good walks if you have the time... More 

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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63 reviews 63 reviews
33 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

The Painted Desert and Petrified Forest is another of the "Must See" places you should put on your list. The best time to experience this area is in the early morning or late afternoon or better yet, after a rain. The colors really come out and adds to your photos quality. Plan on taking your time driving thru the area,... More 

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Tucson, Arizona, United States
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24 reviews 24 reviews
5 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

A self drive and walk tour 29 miles long, that not only takes you through the painted desert but the petrified forest. One of Americas treasures you would never want to miss if your up in northern Arizona. Bring some water, maybe a lunch and enjoy the day. You will see so much.

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Rockville, MD
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39 reviews 39 reviews
10 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

The north end of the approx 30 mile Petrified Forest National park drive runs through the southern tip of the painted desert. It seemed a little confusing to us, but this is one-and-the-same as the petrified forest park drive. It really shouldn't be a separate review on Trip Advisor. We drove starting from the south at Hwy 180 (you can... More 

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