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Address: 1 Park Rd, Petrified Forest National Park, AZ 86028-9997
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(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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The Painted Desert and Petrified Forest are really one destination. It is a 26-mile route, with many places to stop or take extra short loops by car or by foot. I recommend... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Ontario, Canada
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Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Painted Desert and Petrified Forest are really one destination. It is a 26-mile route, with many places to stop or take extra short loops by car or by foot. I recommend starting at the north entrance, just off I-40. You can watch a short film and get a map at the Visitors Centre, which will show all the places... More 

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Muncie, Indiana
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

In the middle of the day, the colors will be washed out. Still a great place to visit. Do not under estimate the Petrified Forest which was very impressive. Be sure to talk to rangers too to get tips and insights.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We only had time for a short visit (about an hour), but it was a beautiful (and easy) drive through the Park.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

With the sun shining on the wood and helpful staff we were able to see great views. Mesa verde was excellent. Driving north to the painted desert just north was a great visit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I'm glad we drove out the extra 1.5 hrs (one way) while on a 1 week vacation in Flagstaff. This was an easy, fun-filled day trip. It's not as busy as some of the other parks in AZ which was a nice break. Although views are not as "grand", they are still beautiful.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

so dramatic are the vista that you are insignificant. went in Dec. & had park to our self! Complete silence so became absorbed in the magnificence of enormity. like thousands of camped Indian dwellings these mounds rose in a limitless parade. each viewpoint is different and we stopped at each one for new perspectives. educational markers were great.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 13, 2016 via mobile

Maybe I wouldn't plan a vacation around it but if you are sight seeing the west and are in the area this is worth a day of your time between the two parks. Some great views and lots of historical facts.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 10, 2016

Walk down the mile loop at Blue Mesa- a steep but beautiful walk.....but from the top, the views are spectacular awe- inspiring.....take the drive her after the petrified forest stop

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 9, 2016

We did a trip taking in different sights like White Sands and the Painted Desert. It is worth seeing these places for sure at least once. This is a water carved badlands area that is colourful but somehow less than impressive in sort of a way. The features are quite low and I was expecting higher, almost like mountains. Not... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 7, 2016 via mobile

I didn't realize the Painted Desert was even near the Petrified Forest National Park, until I stopped at a viewpoint just before I left the park. It is one of those sites that you really have to see in person it appreciate. So beautiful in a 180 degree view. I flew over it about a week later on a commercial... More 

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