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Address: Petrified Forest National Park, AZ
Description: An area in the south side of the Petrified Forest National Park.

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Stunning Colors

Stunning colors of everything in all 360 degrees of where you stand. Hard to imagine a forest that once stood here. Take time to ponder the past, and as to how it might have... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 28, 2015
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Scottsdale, Arizona
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Scottsdale, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

Stunning colors of everything in all 360 degrees of where you stand. Hard to imagine a forest that once stood here. Take time to ponder the past, and as to how it might have looked like.

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Seattle
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Maybe it should have been more apparent to me, but The Petrified Forests of Arizona are not forests but scattered petrified logs strewn about what is now a desert. They are worth seeing butif you are on I-40, it take a couple of hours....although it could have just seemed that way. You do not drive into a forest but as... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

I am so glad that this area is protected and that by stopping people taking these petrified pieces of wood they will be around for everyone.

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United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

Stop and look at the center of the logs in the Rainbow Forest. You can see so many layers of contrasting colors. Take some time and think about the people who saw these logs in their glory of an actual forest.

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Sebastian, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

Rainbow Forest is an almost magical place. Seeing all the petrified wood lying on the ground, sticking out of rocks, and now being unearthed by erosion is very interesting. The colors you'll see are pretty amazing too. It takes a while to fully appreciate what you're seeing so don't rush through. Don't just drive on the road, but take the... More 

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Northridge, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

Stopped here with the wife while at the Petrified Forest and Painted Desert National Parks. The petrified trees are absolutely beautiful. A must see whe nin the parks.

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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

Depending on whether you enter the Petrified Forest National Park at the south or north entrance, the Rainbow Forest loop path will be either at the start or end of your drive, respectively. Definitely don't miss the opportunity to walk among these fossilised tree fragments, some small, some massive, all surreal with their random colour combinations—yellow, purple, and orange-red predominate.... More 

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Milton, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015 via mobile

you can not help when walking amongst petrified trees which are millions of years old think even if just for a moment about the length of your own stay here on planet Earth... A great place to walk around and escape from work, from emails. Beautiful specimens though many of the petrified trees show scars from times past when treasure... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

I went to the petrified forest, and I knew that u would just love the rocks! The colors were just amazing, however my family and I were a little disappointed with several things. First of all, we understood the strict rules of no taking the rocks home, but it's another thing to not touch them or even take of picture... More 

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Lewisburg, West Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

You think you will know how beautiful this will be. you will be wrong. the petrified wood has made agates In Rainbows of colors. This is extraordinary. the long logs and crystal forest walks are short I'm filled with wonder. the petroglyphs at newspaper rock were certainly worth seeing. Painted Desert with its array of colors in the evening sun,... More 

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