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Painted Desert

P.O. Box 221, Petrified Forest National Park, AZ 860289
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
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Owner description: This desert is famous for its striking bands of colors.
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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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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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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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9 helpful votes 9 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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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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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

We seemed to have caught this on a day when the weather changed so walking around with the strong wind made this hard work. However the place itself is stunning with excellent views from every angle. The walks are not too challenging and there are plenty of photo ops. I would recommend doing this on a better weather day but... More

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Tel-Aviv
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

We visited Painted Desert and Petrified Forest coming from Chinle and going to Flagstaff. I honestly have to admit we were a little bit in a hurry, but the view of the Painted desert were really great. In the Petrified Forest you can walk through very accessible paths through hundreds of petrified trees. Dont miss this places

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Concho, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

Landscapes are beautiful, but if you're expecting petrified trees standing, there are none. All have fallen to the ground many, many years ago, and it's a pretty fair hike to get to them. I commend the National Park Service for keeping the place so clean and their true respect and accommodation of my Registered Service dog.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

Honestly for me once was enough...although in all honesty this was my 2nd trip. The first was probably 40 yrs ago... ugh makes you feel old. Anyway for me once every 40 yrs is enough. That said the petrified wood was interesting to see and the desert was particularly stunning at sunset. If you are nearby go for it...but don't... More

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Naples, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

We visited the Painted Desert and Petrified Forest National Park in October and found it very interesting and not very crowded at all. Painted Desert is like you are in another world with all the colors and very desolate scene. Great photo opportunities. When you show your photos to friends it might be a bit difficult to explain. Very scenic.... More

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