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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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DEFUNIAK SPRINGS
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100 reviews 100 reviews
48 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

Nice relaxing drive through some of the most beautiful country you will visit. Our National Parks are a treasure no one should miss. The views in the park are amazing, the petrified trees are everywhere.

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Fairfax, Virginia
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

We enjoyed our drive and walks throughout this great National Park. The sights and scenery are just amazing. Spectacular ranges of color abound.

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Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

It was long but. The colors of all the Rock and the amazing view was great. I love the beautiful scener.

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San Diego, California
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130 reviews 130 reviews
50 attraction reviews
223 helpful votes 223 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014 NEW

When driving on I-40, you will see the sign for Painted Desert. Stop, because this is one of those breathtaking views everyone should see but you normally don't because you just want to zip through the hot part of your trip. There is a vistor's center to first visit so you understand what you will see and you take the... More

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Texas
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014 NEW

This experience was as good as I remembered from a childhood visit 30 years ago. The terrain is simply amazing, and the visitor's center has so much good stuff you could spend another hour to go through it after driving through the park. I'm not sure who was more fascinated with the trees - my kids or my husband.

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Port Matilda, Pennsylvania
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36 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

I'm separating the Petrified Forest into two parts, the Painted Desert and the rest. The Painted Desert, a beautiful, pristine piece of colorful, preserved natural history, is the best part of the Petrified Forest, and a reason to come on its own. This is basically a desert scene (sandstone, I'm assuming, much like the areas to the North of the... More

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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83 reviews 83 reviews
28 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

We made this a brief stop off of I-40, but the kids went inside the NPS info center and learned a bit about petrified wood before we started driving the north loop. The colors are just incredible. We loved seeing and learning about this NP. Definitely worth a stop. Would love to see the southern end of the park another... More

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So Cal
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63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Another NPS park on the bucket list. Use that pass here. Definitely a scenic drive. Start from the south and proceed upwards, as the end will shoot you back on I-40.

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Dallas, Texas
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21 reviews 21 reviews
6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

I'm rating the whole petrified park. It was really neat to see. I enjoyed getting out of the car at the different stops and actually being able to touch the rocks and imagine them as trees billions of years ago, some still looked like trees. The colors of the rocks were amazing. The painted desert was magnificent and impressive. Was... More

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Sulphur Springs, Texas
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9 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

This review is for both the Painted desert and petrified forest. We started our journey on 180 just west of Winslow. We then turned north on 99 towards the reservations and Indian Rte 2. We proceeded north to 264 where we turned east through the Hopi Indian Reservation and finally south on 77 towards Holbrook where we picked up 40... More

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