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Rainbow Forest

Petrified Forest National Park, AZ
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Type: Forests
Description: An area in the south side of the Petrified Forest National Park.
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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76 reviews 76 reviews
31 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

I really had high expectations of this place as most American national parks are quite spectacular. This one was the exception. Basically it's a 28 mile drive past various lookouts and easy to navigate trails. At the risk of sounding negative, once you've seen a piece of petrified wood, you've seen it. I suppose it didn't help that it was... More

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Sebring, Florida, United States
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4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

Before you enter the park go to the museum and watch the 20 minute video. It explains how these logs were petrified millions of years ago. It also provides the history of becoming a national park to save what remains. We did the whole 28 miles, take the time to stop and explore the many scenes that include the painted... More

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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

This is an undiscovered park. It is a must see and I've never seen anything like it. It is now aw inspiring like the Grand Canyon but mysterious and will make you want to buy a piece of this petrified wood for yourself .

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Chicago, Illinois
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21 reviews 21 reviews
14 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

When you drive into the park they tell you the road is 28 miles long and recommend you drive through the entire thing. We drove in through the North entrance and took that advice. The Painted Desert was amazing. The petrified wood was everywhere once we reached about the halfway mark and it was glorious. We had planned this as... More

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Sydney Australia
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336 reviews 336 reviews
184 attraction reviews
134 helpful votes 134 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014

Was not intending to visit but that's what Road Trips are all about ! Turned off I-40 and followed the signs to the South Entrance and started on the easy 28 mile drive. Our first stop was the Giant Logs at the Museum and was gobsmacked at the size and complexity of colours of the pieces scattered around. From there... More

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Phoenix, Arizona
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66 reviews 66 reviews
11 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

We had not been in many years, and our two younger kids had not seen the petrified forest. We started here and spent about 2.5 hours driving the park. There's a short trail here to walk among the logs, with gift shop and visitor center. Not a crowded day at all, and we had a great time

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Houston, Texas
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2014

They say it only takes about 45 mins to drive through the park. That's a load. We only stopped a few times for quick pictures, didn't do any of the hiking trails and it look about 2 and half hours. With the low speed limits and other people on the road, just allow yourself time to enjoy it. We drove... More

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Niles, Ohio
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140 helpful votes 140 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2014

My husband and I were recently staying in the Scottsdale area and were looking for a day trip. We decided to head out Historic Route 66, stopping at the Meteor Crater, Winslow, Arizona and finally Petrified Forest National Park. The Rainbow Forest was really an amazing thing to see. It is certainly not something that you see everyday. We stopped... More

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Boston, MA
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42 reviews 42 reviews
13 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2013

OK..don't get me wrong...the petrified wood really is cool...but that's the first five minutes. Then..oh..more petrified wood? And yes..even more? Let's stop and see more wood? 1.5 hours of amazing petrified wood..hmmmmm? Thanks for letting me know the crystal forest was nicer before everyone stole it...that's just depressing.

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Cottage Grove, Minnesota
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113 helpful votes 113 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2013

This is one of the last areas you can get out of the car in the Petrified Forest. There is a museum and a gift shop here as well. The walk from the parking lot is not difficult and the walk among the petrified trees is not strenuous and is paved. You can get some great pictures of the stones... More

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