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This desert is famous for its striking bands of colors.
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
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1 Park Rd, Petrified Forest National Park, AZ 86028-9997
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(928) 524-6228
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If you’re entering the northern entrance of the Petrified National Forest you also get to view this little gem with your price of admission. Within the first mile of entry, you get your a view from the top of a canyon looking down and out...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank rmcleod999
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

So the Painted Desert is a very large area and important part of the Petrified National Forest. There are many viewpoints and most of them need to be enjoyed to get the full perspective. It would be nice if the park included a detailed overview...More

Date of experience: October 2018
2  Thank LUCKYME72
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Gold is the predominant color among the layers of sediment forming these amazing hills as you look down from the road. Whites and grays separate the multilayered vista.

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank ki0ki
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Another stop along the Route 66 route. Watch how the colors change with the sun. You can also view the Petrified Forest during your drive.

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank jacers1
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Very nice complement to Petrified Forest National Park.. especially the Blue Mesa Loop. Be sure and take the loop hike at Blue Mesa. Maybe it was the time of the year but none of the pullouts were crowed at all and you there is even...More

Date of experience: November 2018
2  Thank iurosebowl
Reviewed November 4, 2018

Perfect name for this lovely place. Accessible for all. RVing welcome. We like hiking so drove on down to petrified forest. Very much worth the stop. Even has a gas station & store at visitors center

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank CavemanHHH
Reviewed November 3, 2018

It took a little while to absorb the beauty and artistry of the desert paint job on a sunny autumn day but the effort to see the majesty paid off and soon we were seeing many colors that bring this place to life.

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank theresad114
Reviewed October 27, 2018

On a trip down Route 66 we drove through the Painted Desert. The scenery in breathtakingly beautiful. The rock formations were painted by Mother Nature. The weather was hot and dry but that did not deter the beauty of the National Park.

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank grammywren
Reviewed October 26, 2018

Rain stopped and sun came out just before we got to Painted Desert area. Colors of landscape were very beautiful. I ate my first Fry Bread in Visitors Center restaurant, it was good.

Date of experience: October 2018
2  Thank webbfoot
Reviewed October 23, 2018

This landscape is beautiful and unique. Certainly well worth the trip to Northern Arizona. The weather in October can be chilly but just be prepared.

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank mickey448
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SoccerChick555
November 7, 2018|
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Response from Westea | Reviewed this property |
there are plenty of places to hike and explore, but it is a desert, and there are all the dangers that go with that location. My grand nieces loved to walk along the edges and look at the panoramic vistas, but I did not... More
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wfarmer001
August 10, 2018|
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Response from BnCrXplorerz | Reviewed this property |
Unfortunately, you will not be able to remain in the park after closing. If you are overnighting at a hotel or motel somewhere in the area, you can watch the sunset over the Painted Desert/Petrified Forest from along Route... More
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May 14, 2018|
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Response from Paula S | Reviewed this property |
I drove from Oklahoma and stayed overnight in Texas, then continued my drive to Snowflake, AZ where I spent the night in order to get up early to see the petrified forest and painted desert. Continued to El Maipais National... More
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