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Address: 1 Park Rd, Petrified Forest National Park, AZ 86028-9997
Phone Number: (928) 524-6228
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

This desert is famous for its striking bands of colors.

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Two Parks in One!

The Painted Desert adjoins the Petrified Forest to its south, with only one entrance fee needed. Both offer various stops along a driving tour, and at some stops there are trails... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
New Mexico
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New Mexico
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The Painted Desert adjoins the Petrified Forest to its south, with only one entrance fee needed. Both offer various stops along a driving tour, and at some stops there are trails as well. The Painted Desert has extraordinary visitas of vibrantly colored landscapes, while the Petrified Forest is full of ancient logs that have risen to the surface after millions... More 

Thank Purmamarca
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Petrified wood and Blue mesa are must see view points, there are 12 view points inside the forest , Arround 27 miles we need to drive within the forest , entry fee $20 and its worth visting, ready for trial

Thank Dinesh Albert A
Salem, Oregon
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We fell in love with this place. The colors in the hills were pretty awesome. The native ruins and petroglyphs are interesting. The petrified trees are very interesting. Who would've thought that a forrest was once there where a dessert is now.

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Gainesville, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Been through here a couple times seem quite different depending on time of day and time of year. At all times it very impressive.

Thank Bob D
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This park is huge - 28 miles of road to drive. There are many overlooks where you can view the incredible colored sand mountains. If you want to hike there are lots of trails where you can get up close. The park has a couple of information centers, one with a nice museum and the other offers food. Wonderful place... More 

Thank Laura Dianne M
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This was the first stop in our visit to four national parks. We absolutely loved it. The views are just amazing. Definitely worth the visit.

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Littleton, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is an amazing portion of our wonderful country, America. It's an exceptional educational experience! Drive the full park from north to south and take the time to see the beauty that is here. The Painted Desert portion is the northern portion of two national parks. The southern portion is the Petrified Forest. (TripAdvisor will not allow me to do... More 

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Bodrum City, Turkey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It was just 'wow' as we approached the painted desert which opened up ahead of us while driving on the designated road. It is very beautiful. Not sure if I'd call it a desert, but the rock formations & the varied shades & colors are just beautiful. It is by the north entrance.

Thank Louise K
West Lafayette
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We’d visited Petrified Forest National Park before, but this time we entered the north end, off I-40 and drove just a few miles into the park at the Painted Desert. It was a beautiful day to appreciate the colorful landscape and expansive views. A raven posed for a closeup before soaring away.

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Fernandina Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2016

Pack a picnic lunch and extra water. Start at the visitors center, watch the movie and then stop at each numbered sight. We loved them all. The Painted Desert Inn is beautiful, especially the murals. We walked down into the petrified area near there and then again, spent time in the petrified forest at the end of the day. I... More 

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