Stewart's Petrified Wood

Stewart's Petrified Wood, Holbrook: Address, Phone Number, Stewart's Petrified Wood Reviews: 3.5/5

Stewart's Petrified Wood
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dan_saviola
London, UK74 contributions
Aug 2013 • Friends
I really like fossils and we stopped here because we'd heard it was weird. The rumours were true!

We were met by an old African-American lady who told us some things were half off. There were also some Native-American children, about 16-17 in age, hanging around and commenting on everything we said. The place is basically a shack by the side of the road with hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of fossils inside. The shack is so poorly looked after and dusty that we were worried our feet would fall through the floor at any minute! We ended up buying a trilobite for $20 (not the $30 she had originally wanted but that's because the "discount" is standard - be warned).

To add to the weirdness, there are ostriches outside and creepy mannequins outside an old school bus.

I wouldn't have missed this place for the World. An awesomely weird and creepy grotto!
Written August 27, 2013
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Rmountain299
Arlington, TX14 contributions
Sep 2015 • Couples
We stopped there on the way to the Grand Canyon. I wanted to buy some Petrified wood and well...that's what they sell. The place is definitely, No Frills, but I enjoyed the odd stuff around the place. The mannequins look like they have been outside for 20 years...creepy, cool and artsy, all rolled into one. They have a lot of rocks to choose from and we did pick up a few for $2.00/lb, which seemed to be comparable to the bigger and fancier place, just a few miles west of there, on down I-40. Go ahead and stop...it is fun and you will get a few memorable photos.
Written August 12, 2016
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DuncanDonutAZ
Phoenix, Arizona80 contributions
Jul 2016 • Friends
There are a few large dinosaur and concrete statues around Holbrook and many are in better shape. You can't get very close to most of these, either. But they are the most bizarre, with one dino eating a mannequin.
There are two ostrich, but they are predictably smelly and best left alone.
We stopped in the rock shop and bought a few pieces of petrified wood to take home. Probably not the best rock shop in town, but it was OK.
Written July 25, 2016
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Renee Rasmussen
Independence, IA4 contributions
Apr 2022 • Couples
Stopped in since had seen postings that it was a “must stop”. Horrible. No ostrich as advertised. Road getting to store horrible with holes. The guy working there did not say a word the whole time we were there looking at rocks…he just had his nose in his phone. They do have a lot of neat rocks/petrified wood. There have to better better places
Written April 20, 2022
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Jennifer U
3 contributions
Aug 2021 • Couples
This is one of my favorite places in Arizona. I love the art and hope some more of it can be restored. The dinosaurs and decorations are one of a kind. I hope they get a male ostrich, so I can buy eggs again. Bought several beautiful pieces of petrified wood. Been coming to this store since 2002. I always feed the ostriches and find something I want to buy. The Stewart's are very nice people. Last week the store was closed, but they saw me by the ostriches and opened up for me. This is a route 66 must see. Feed the ostriches and find a souvenir. Another suggestion I have for the owners is to sell cold soft drinks. Otherwise it is perfect.
Written August 5, 2021
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D H
1 contribution
Jul 2020 • Friends
Melissa spent plenty of time explaining what all the different minerals were and she was an awesome person in general.im from Iowa and plan on making the drive just to visit her shop,and to visit her.the most beautiful minerals,petrified wood ,and dinosaur bones.the place was amazing.see ya soon,Darrin
Written July 13, 2020
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JTK_SD
San Diego, CA48 contributions
Sep 2011 • Couples
This place was hands down, one of the creepiest places I have ever been! My life flashed before my eyes on several occasions while we were here and I was constantly assessing for an escape route if necessary (and damnit, I was wearing my Tom's. . .).

When my husband and I pulled up, we were promptly greeted by a lone fellow, who I presume is the owner, and there was no one else around. Shortly after we went inside, a woman materialized out of no where. They both watched us like hawks, which made me feel super uncomfortable.

The inside looked like a large garage sale of rocks, there was also other items, jewelry, and other trinkets littered throughout. There was also a fenced side yard of rocks where the only way in and out of the yard is through the house of rocks. I will say that they have a lot of rocks and petrified wood, but the owner(s) seemed to have limited knowledge of the non-petrified wood items but was willing to make a deal and going for the hard sell. But even the "deals" were more expensive than some of the other petrified wood shops around.

After a few minutes inside I was so creeped out that I couldn't stand it anymore and went out in the front to look around. The yard was littered with random chunks of petrified wood, grass burrs, old cars/buses, handless (?!?) mannequins and other random junk. It was seriously something out of a horror flick. I started taking pictures of the yard because people just wouldn't believe me about this place when we told them about it. That was when I noticed that the woman was standing in the doorway of the house just watching me. I wasn't sure if she was going to charge me for taking pictures . . . or what exactly she had in mind. Luckily, my husband came outside shortly afterward and was ready to go - no petrified wood in hand, but both hands intact - I considered that a success! As we drove away the woman got in her car and drove off down a dusty dirt road and disappeared as quickly as she appeared.

THIS PLACE WAS SO WEIRD, but it is a must-see if you are ever visiting this part of the country!!! I don't ever want to come back here, but I'm so glad that we went solely for the storytelling aspect. Being a horror movie fan, I have to give this place 5 stars for the horror movie creep factor.
Written November 9, 2011
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rodney01
st. catharines376 contributions
What a waste of gasoline pulling off the interstate. I had my doubts right away because of the pathetic homemade dinosaurs along the interstate. Pulled in anyway because we are rockhounds and never leave a stone unturned. After walking in where do I start? The prices are horrendous!! We are rockhounds are familiar with the industry. Their 50% off is a scam because they are 150-200% above what everone else is. The place is creepy and shows a least a decade of neglect. Quality of pieces is sub standard. Good quality pieces are polished not smoothed out and varnished over to giive the fake appearance of polishing.
There is competition in the area and in my opinion all of them blow this place away.
Written February 23, 2013
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Alis2525
Las Vegas, NV4 contributions
Aug 2013 • Couples
Hubby and I saw the weird Dinosaurs from the Road so of course we had to go check it out. The whole place has a creepy feel. We went in the little store and I kept feeling like someone was gonna come out with a chainsaw at any moment and attack us. The older lady working there sort of had a voodoo witchy vibe. There are lots of cool rocks in the store. We ended up getting a few postcards and feeding the ostrich's. Great little side stop if you like unusual stuff.
Written July 9, 2014
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MonsterMom
Highland Village, TX1 contribution
Mar 2019 • Family
My 4 year old had to go to the bathroom. So we made an impromptu stop here. Their bathroom was broke, it was run down and a mess. Very expensive petrified wood. The outside is very kitschy with random pieces of art. It is more for photo ops and not for a nice gift shop stop. The only plus was they gave my son a free rock, which he loved.
Written March 28, 2019
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