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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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Dartmoor National Park, United Kingdom
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36 reviews 36 reviews
12 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

The Painted Desert and the Petrified Forest (adjacent) are well worth the visit. Drive 28 miles from the north entrance on I-40 to south exit/entrance thru the most amazing scenery. At the north entrance is a great visitors center and a 20 minute video which will set you up for your visit, do take out time to see it. You... More

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Prairieville
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Approaching from I-40, the landscape provides no clue as to what lies within the park. Indeed, it would be tempting to keep on driving. Yet Inside the park lie treasures that should not be missed. From the stunning colors of the Painted Desert, to the Pueblo hyroglyphs and ruins, and of course, the multi--colored petrified wood that gives the park... More

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Valencia
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

The first time I was here was when my parents and I moved to California from Boston in 1948. This time my wife and I drove from Atlanta back to Los Angeles and stopped at all the landmarks along the way. It was wonderful visiting the Petrified Forest with her. We could have spent days there if they didn't shoo... More

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Ashford, United Kingdom
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55 reviews 55 reviews
16 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Like many others have said, when we first entered the Petrified Forrest we were quite underwhelmed but if you visit the Visitor Centre you grasp a better understanding of how it was all formed so you can appreciate the spectacle more. There are nice stop off points and some interesting petroglyphs to see en route. The painted desert is very... More

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Cedar Hill, Texas
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4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

The Petrified Forest is an incredible place to visit. The awe comes from imagining that 65 million years ago some tremendous flood ---of which the cause isn't known-- carried away an entire forest of fully grown trees. No tours. You explore and follow the pavement near the main office area. You walk off into other more remote areas at your... More

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Sacramento, California
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204 reviews 204 reviews
67 attraction reviews
103 helpful votes 103 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

This is the closest part of the park to I-40. You look out over a fabulous landscape of rocks in reds, pinks, oranges and golds. There are several lookouts, but the one we liked the best was just behind the old refurbished Painted Desert Inn. The inn itself is worth checking out, as they have made it look like it... More

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Woking, Surrey
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39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

We entered the park through the north entrance and went into the visitors center first to see the film which is worth doing. we then paid $10 to get into the park and its the best money i have ever spent. You arrive first at the Painted Desert there are several stop offs to park and view, the view is... More

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Madison, WI
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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 attraction reviews
106 helpful votes 106 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

We entered from the South entrance which is not the main entrance, and maybe that's why the park had to creep up on us. At first, it was a little unimpressive. Yes, there was petrified wood. Loads and loads of petrified wood. The most vast amount and largest chunks of petrified wood I've ever seen, but after you've seen one... More

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Portage, Indiana
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

We added this to our week long trip in Arizona. The Petrified Forest and Painted Desert are in the same area. It is beautiful. Stop at the Visitors Center at the south end. There is a short movie which explains how the Petrified Forest came about. There is a book of letters from people who have returned pieces of wood... More

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Elyria, Ohio, United States
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15 reviews 15 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

Decided on a whim when we saw the signs to drive through here and so glad we did, absolutely beautiful. Would do it again if ever out that way.

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