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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, Nature & Parks
Activities: Camping, Hiking
Owner description: This desert is famous for its striking bands of colors.
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Type: Deserts, Nature & Parks
Activities: Camping, Hiking
Owner description: This desert is famous for its striking bands of colors.
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Fort Collins, Colorado
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34 reviews 34 reviews
18 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

Looking at photos of the painted desert and hearing about it from another person is one thing, its a whole other thing to see! The colors are so beautiful and the hills/mountains/mesas with all of their pastels will have you in awe of mother nature. Be sure to stop by the painted desert inn to learn more about its history... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

The Painted desert and petrified forest National Park was one of the highlights of my recent Route 66 road trip. It was a 35 (or so) mile scenic drive through the park with lots of parking areas with short easy walks to scenic view points. It took us hours to wind our way through the park and even then I... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

I was always intrigued by the idea of petrified wood and finally got to visit the Petrified Forest National Park last summer The petroglyphs on Newspaper Rock and Painted Desert are prime examples of why you should save more time to savor sights in the National Park System: they often offer more than their names suggest! The painted desert was... More 

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New Haven
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

The National Park Service does a wonderful job safeguarding our national treasures. The Pained Desert/Petrifed Forest is one of those treasures. The Painted Desert is beautiful especially at sunrise and sunset. The Petrified Forest is unbelievable with petrified logs lying all over the desert. There is a Visitor Center.

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

We weren't planning on touring, but we had a picnic lunch with us and were looking for a spot to eat. Saw this on the map, turned into the north entrance, talked to a ranger and took his advice for a detour. So glad we did. Not an overwhelming vista, like many other places in the Southwest, but a very... More 

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High Wycombe, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

If you ever have a chance to see this place - please make sure you take it! Didn't really know what to expect, but the views and colours are just stunning. A unique experience.

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Syracuse, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

A visit to the Painted Desert and Petrified Forest were on my bucket list as I head out to Tucson. This is a must see, spectacular color, views and interesting. Ten dollars per car for a 28 mi scenic route.

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Dallas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

Did not have much time but we did a drive through stopping at several stopping points. Well worth stopping.

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London, United Kingdom
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21 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014

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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