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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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Glen Rock, Pennsylvania
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74 reviews 74 reviews
17 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

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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133 reviews 133 reviews
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50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

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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22 reviews 22 reviews
15 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

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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130 reviews 130 reviews
58 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
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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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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218 reviews 218 reviews
142 attraction reviews
144 helpful votes 144 helpful votes
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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118 reviews 118 reviews
32 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 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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Washington, DC
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103 reviews 103 reviews
42 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

We started at the southern entrance of the Petrified Forest National Park and drove north through the Painted Desert. Great visitor centers on either end. Short hikes and lots of car pull-outs for easy exploring in the heat. Be sure to go in the visitor centers. The restaurant at the north entrance closets to I-40 also was a good stop... More

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Centennial, Colorado
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52 reviews 52 reviews
35 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

We went to the Petrified NP during a 7 NP tour in 10 days. This park was after Capital Reef, Zion Grand Canyon North Rim and GC South Rim. This was our least favorite park. It is sad to compare but you can do the park in 3 hours. We went through the short giant logs hike and got all... More

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Bay Village, Ohio
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99 reviews 99 reviews
26 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

We had already been to the Grand Canyon on this same trip and were blown away by that. Then we arrived at the Painted Desert - outstanding. Then, we stopped at the Petrified Forest - mind-blowing. The magnificent crystals that mother nature has formed in the trees over the centuries are something that you have to see in person. No... More

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