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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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Dallas, Texas
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58 reviews 58 reviews
12 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

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
3 helpful votes 3 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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32 reviews 32 reviews
24 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
13 helpful votes 13 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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83 helpful votes 83 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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Mount Vernon, Washington
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84 reviews 84 reviews
22 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

On our drive through Arizona, decided to take this loop through the Arizona desert. It was well worth the drive to see all the petrified wood there. The colors in the Tepee Area was beautiful to see. There were bathrooms along the way, with some of them closed.

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Gainesville, Georgia
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94 reviews 94 reviews
54 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Our family enjoyed exploring this stop in Petrified Forest National Park. The petrified logs here are just amazing - so beautiful! The museum information was helpful in exploring the park so I think a stop here first is good. Plus, with the stops throughout the park if you start here in the morning, you are at the Painted Desert Visitor's... More

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Granbury, Texas, USA
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6 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

I had no idea that petrified wood could be so colorful!! Very beautiful and interesting how these logs were preserved and formed

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Plymouth, Massachusetts
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114 reviews 114 reviews
26 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2014

The visitor center has not had a major upgrade since before the Cuban Missile Crisis. Nonetheless, the staff is friendly and knowledgeable, and the site really is interesting. It's far from civilization, but if this sort of thing truly interests you, then it's money well-spent. The gift shop and surrounding area are all about dinosaurs.

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Los Angeles, California
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198 reviews 198 reviews
38 attraction reviews
116 helpful votes 116 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

I had last been here twenty-two years ago and was delighted to come back. The Rainbow Forest was amazing. We arrived late in the afternoon on a weekday, so there were not a lot of people. There are so many logs in this area and many of them are huge. The trails are paved and easy to navigate. The colors... More

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