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Black Forest

Address: Black Forest, Petrified Forest National Park, Apache County, Petrified Forest National Park, AZ
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Type: Forests, Outdoors
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Owner description: Forest of darkly-colored petrified wood.
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West Hartford, CT
11 reviews 11 reviews
7 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

I had the good fortune to spend two weeks in the Petrified Forest National Park on an assignment and can say without hesitation that it was one of the most amazing places I've ever visited. The name is misleading: the petrified wood is just one of many complex and compelling attractions, including fossils from the Late Triassic period (224-million years... More

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Brookings, Oregon
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125 reviews 125 reviews
47 attraction reviews
113 helpful votes 113 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2013

The Black Forest is really the northern part of Petrified Forest National Park, better known as the Painted Desert, and very handy from I-40. You can actually pull off the freeway and enjoy the visitors center, gift shop and restaurant without paying the entrance fee to get into the park, but there's also much to see just a few miles... More

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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2013

We toured the Petrified Forest in Arizona the same trip we made to the Grand Canyon in 2005 This park was simply breath taking. The colors, the size, and the abundance of petrified wood laying on the grounds of what use to be a forest turned desert. There was no charge, you could not pick up any of the petrified... More

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Ellicott City, Maryland, United States
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2012

The Black Forest is near the north end of the Petrified Forest National Park. There are restrooms, a restaurant, and a large visitors center near by. This was our last stop through the park, so we were a little tired, but still enjoyed the views.

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Sherborne, United Kingdom
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93 reviews 93 reviews
30 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2011

A lovely drive through and stop. The visitor centre and walk was great. A very interesting park. Overall a very good and worthwile place to visit

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san jose
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29 reviews 29 reviews
14 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2011

I saw several reviews complaining that it's not really a "forest" as the name indicates. That's apparently due to the tourists taking away a piece of petrified rock as souvenir when they visit. Supposedly, 1 ton of petrified wood goes missing every month. The photos I saw of the old petrified forest looks accurate to me. We were very pleased... More

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Tippecanoe, Indiana
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21 reviews 21 reviews
8 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2010

We traveled from the Grand Canyon (out of our way) to visit the Petrified Forest. On our way into the Park from the south we came across many shops with all sizes of petrified wood for sale. This seemed to cheapen and lessen the park experience. As we entered the park, we immediately saw the petrified logs. They were beautiful... More

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Top Contributor
88 reviews 88 reviews
15 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2010

The word "forest" is not what we expected. The "forest" is all on the ground, sparsley scattered on the desert like plains. You have to really look to see the petrified logs and bits of trees to notice what they are. They are there and they are real. I would suggest you park and walk to see the pieces to... More

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Los Angeles
16 reviews 16 reviews
12 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2009

As we drove towards Santa Fe, we saw one simple sign advertising the Petrified Forest and Painted Desert. Needing a break from driving, we followed the arrows to the Southern tip of the park and paid $10 a car to enter. What a treat. This was our one detour on our Southwest road trip which really proves that you need... More

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