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Address: Petrified Forest National Park, Petrified Forest National Park, AZ
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Eroded area of the Painted Desert where colors are brilliant.

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Devil's Playground permit hike is cool

In order to do the devils playground hike, you'll need to get a permit from the visitors center. Only 3 permits are given a week. Finding the start of the hike was a little... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 29, 2015
anne n
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San Francisco, California
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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2015 via mobile

In order to do the devils playground hike, you'll need to get a permit from the visitors center. Only 3 permits are given a week. Finding the start of the hike was a little difficult. You're given a map from the park ranger at the visitor center but we were still confused. You'll be parking your car at the top... More 

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Thank anne n
Wickenburg, Arizona
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690 reviews
406 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 571 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2015

This is worth the stop; take the camera. the wide open vistas with the amazing formations and colors are stunning.

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Thank Esty666
Campton, New Hampshire
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71 reviews
57 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2015 via mobile

The experience was better than expected. The entire place is different and stunning, providing endless photographic opportunities. Definitely worth a stop.

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Thank ChristineNH
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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31 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

Wonderful sight. A must see if your in the USA. The Devils elbow can only be taken in with your own eyes.

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Thank 1955weegie
Chesterfield, Virginia
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10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015

if you could catch this when it has the sun on it in the morning or evening it is very colorful, maybe if it had some moisture to highlight the colors. Even without those it is an extreme landscape, more rugged than the badlands on a smaller scale

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Thank 1andonlyFabIII
Michigan
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288 reviews
170 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

This park is full of interesting scenery and petroglyphs too! The park is very beautiful and it worth a stop if on the way westward. Devil's Playground has many amazing geologic features.

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Thank CaseyJones6325
London, United Kingdom
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759 reviews
661 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 625 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

The range of colours, and their layering are magnificent. Photos will be best if taken on a clear morning.

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Thank etweeden
Scottsdale, Arizona
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653 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 334 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015

The colors make me speechless. They are simply beautiful. Nothing else but nature could create such beauty. Simply wow.

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United States
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395 reviews
273 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 139 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

Beautiful views that are somewhat reminiscent of the Badlands of South Dakota. Imagine riding or walking in this part of the country long ago when there were just horses and your own two feet! What a trek that would be...but it is gorgeous nonetheless.

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Thank AAHolt
Gibsonton, Fl
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11 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 via mobile

As I drove through Petrified I picked up beautiful wood samples to bring home. What colors, the drive through Painted desert was icing on the trip. Petroglyphs, the amazing scenery and vibrant colors. If possible, go! P.S. , the samples were bought at Fred Harvey. Y'all take only pictures, no wood please.

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