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Address: 1 Park Rd, Petrified Forest National Park, AZ 86028
Phone Number: (928) 524-6228
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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This desert is famous for its striking bands of colors.

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Beautiful vistas!

This place is amazing! The colors are so vibrant and the landscape is very unique. You drive to the different lookout points. But, there are several trails you can take in the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Longview, Texas
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Longview, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This place is amazing! The colors are so vibrant and the landscape is very unique. You drive to the different lookout points. But, there are several trails you can take in the park. Don't miss the very last stop on your map. That is where you will see the most petrified wood up close. It's hot in July, so wear... More 

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Petersburg, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

For several years, I've wanted to see the Painted Desert. Finally I got the chance, and I wasn't disappointed! Now, I don't plan to explain the magnificent scenery: The pictures do that. But, I will say this: Visiting the desert is a lot like being in a giant "painting machine." Every time you turn around, you find a new landscape... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

All I could say was WOW! Around every bend, there was a new, beautiful sight to behold. GOD in His Glory did a magnificent job here! I'm speechless. I did not want to leave. The Petrified Forest was unbelievable. A must see!!!

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Pinehurst, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We went in July and I realize we missed the most beautiful part of the flowers blooming and such, but even missing all that, this NP was great. The vistas were breath-taking and worth the stop. The north part of the loop Is the Painted Desert piece and relatively short. It's the southern loop that will take some time. It... More 

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Starkville, Mississippi
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We made an unplanned stop here on a road trip to the Grand Canyon. We arrived at 6 pm, just 2 hours before the park closing. While we only had a short time in this park, it was well worth the stop. The view of the painted desert were phenomenal and the petrified wood was cool to see.

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Colchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The views are wonderfull the colours are so intense. We drove the road from Petrified Forest and the scenery changed so much.

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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The painted desert is part of vast area of petrified forest logs converted into stones. As you drive along the 30+ long park road you stop at various spots with amazing geological artifacts. The museum at the south entrance is worth a visit. Allow time for short hikes if you can. Otherwise, allow about 2 hours to visit this beautiful... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A beautiful place to see at least once in your life. Seeing the petrified forest that is at least 200 million years old is a bonus. After a full day here many good hotels are just up the road in Holbrook, which is itself just 3 hours to grand canyon.

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Augusta, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I could have spent hours just driving this area. My kids loved it and we came out with almost 2000 photos.

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Madison, WI
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We stopped here during a long road trip. We told the ranger at the visitor center how much time we had. He asked us a couple questions about our interests and then told us how to proceed highlighting which pullouts we should be sure to see, which were optional, and which were not good fits given our interests. It worked... More 

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