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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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Mossyrock, Washington, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

The best time of the day to experience this drive with numerous viewpoints is morning or evening. The colors are unbelievable during these times, however if you have to go during the heat of the day it is still a site you will not want to miss. To add to the excitement of the whole thing is the fact that... More

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Fort Worth, Texas
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

This was our first official fun stop on a road trip. We were there pretty early in the morning. It was just beautiful. We did the whole drive - I think about 30 miles but not a loop so it was okay as it went in the same direction as we were going. Scenic overlooks and nice short/easy trails to... More

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Clemson, South Carolina
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

This is a beautiful park. It is an easy drive through with excellent views from your car if you are so inclined. There is ample space to get out and take a gentle hike for photo opportunities. There is shopping, restrooms are plentiful and the park rangers are friendly and helpful. The historical aspect of the petrified wood is worth... More

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Houston
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27 reviews 27 reviews
15 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

On our way to Flagstaff, AZ, we decided to stop at Petrified Forest National Park, off Highway 40 / Route 66, and boy were we glad. The Painted Desert is one of many sites that you will encounter throughout the park. The Painted Desert Rim: This was our first stop near the north entrance and it was amazing. You will... More

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Salem, Oregon
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014 via mobile

Better than any picture I have this drive is worth every minute and mile. Take lots of pics but don't take stuff. You get a fine and rightfully so. This needs to be seen by future generations. Take the trip. You won't regret it.

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10 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

Hike I did not mind the "drive" though the Petrified forest and Painted Desert....it was a very looong drive! My 7 year old son grew tired of it fairly quickly.

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Senior Contributor
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

If you have a few hours to spare, check out the Painted desert and petrified forest. Along the road you'll have a chance to check out beautiful views. You'll also get to see Ruins, petroglyphs, petrified trees, old route 66, sand formations etc etc. Its certaintly worth the trip.

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Sedona
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42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

It's out of the way, but worth doing once. Our favorite trail was the Crystal Forest--the best gem-like petrification in the park. We drove it from north to south and went on to Winslow's Turquoise Room in La Posada for a great dinner

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Bel Air, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Give yourself half a day to really enjoy this national park. The views are fantastic. Look for petroglyphs. Amazing. If you will be visiting more national parks - buy the America the Beautiful park pass.

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Magna, Utah
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We stopped at the north entrance visitor center and took the tour of the northern portion of the park. The road to the south portion was under construction in March 2014, and we would have driven many more miles to get to the south entrance. But even the small part we saw was stupendous. We arrived about an hour before... More

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