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Rainbow Forest

Petrified Forest National Park, AZ
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Forests
Description: An area in the south side of the Petrified Forest National Park.
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Hunt
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

We began our tour of the Petrified Forest at the Rainbow Forest Museum at the south end of the park. The trail with information stops (with pamphlet) was very interesting. We especially enjoyed the wonderful colors of the petrified wood. The displays in the museum were clear and very informative. Due to a time limit, we visited about half of... More

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33 reviews 33 reviews
9 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

Came through the area in 2004 and wanted to stop again. This visit we bought a tour audio cd to listen to while going through park. It is available at both ends in park offoce. It was great and helped us to better understand what we where seeing. It made a major difference this time. Was less then 10 dollars... More

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20 reviews 20 reviews
15 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

The petrified wood was very cool to see. It was all very colorful. This while national park was great and a lot bigger and better than I imagined it to be.

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Fort Worth, Texas
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77 reviews 77 reviews
48 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

I had a whole different idea as to what maybe involved in a forest in the desert. I was pleasantly surprised. Very interesting and pretty.

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Chardon Ohio
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101 reviews 101 reviews
23 attraction reviews
170 helpful votes 170 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

We visited Petrified Forest National Park in Mid-May. This is something you should do if you have never seen petrified wood before, otherwise it might not be worth the trip. You can do this park and the Painted Dessert in half a day. The down side is the park makes you feel like a criminal as soon as you get... More

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Dallas, Texas
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19 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

The geology of the area was interesting. The downed and petrified logs were unique. I'll swear, though, there is more petrified wood and logs in gift shops in Holbrook than in the national park. I understand that it didn't used to be illegal to take petrified logs from the park until a few decades ago; so much was taken and... More

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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

The rainbow forest was great. The fossil is trees are amazing. With the beautiful colors in them. And you can tell they were trees too.

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Rancho Cucamonga
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36 reviews 36 reviews
25 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

It is really out of the way, no matter where you are, but it was worth the stop for us. It was only $10 per vehicle. We could have spent all day there, but only had a little time. We didn't venture into the park too far, but saw and learned many things just around the Rainbow Forest Museum. We... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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25 reviews 25 reviews
20 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014 via mobile

In June 2014 the loop trail is under construction that looks to last a while, making this a 1.6 mile out/back trail, but it is the best way to see a bunch of petrified logs. There is no shade on the trail so it gets hot, especially when retracing steps, but seeing this is the reason you are here.

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Valrico, Florida
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146 attraction reviews
130 helpful votes 130 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

This offers, aside from the Crystal Forest, the most expansive remnants of the petrified trees. The walks are nicely laid out offering a plethora of photo ops. The visitors center is extremely nice offering activities for the kids and families, restrooms, a gift shop, and a snack bar.

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