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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 "Badlands of the southwest" - with more color

Nice visitor center. We didn't eat at the cafe, but it looked clean and welcoming. Prices seemed reasonable on the menu. Short movie explaining how all this was formed... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
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Austin, Minnesota
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Prescott, Arizona
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Okay for a one-time trip that did not take me off my planned path. Not something I'd go out of my way to visit again. "Painted," imo, is a real stretch.

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Austin, Minnesota
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Nice visitor center. We didn't eat at the cafe, but it looked clean and welcoming. Prices seemed reasonable on the menu. Short movie explaining how all this was formed 1,000,000,000,000,000,000 years ago (approximately)... I wish we could have a little sanity there... - Maybe God just created it. Road is in good shape if you keep it under 45.. Fine... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Located at the northern exit (411) of the Petrified Forest as you enter Intertstae 40 you will find the colored expanses of the Painted Desert to your left.This is also old Route 66 so there is some history as well and the beautiful scenery as well.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Painted Desert is the most beautiful nature wander, that is worth to explore. Amazing energy of area gives you inspiration and relaxation in same time.

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Brooklet, Georgia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My family loved the Petrified Forest, and enjoyed the Painted Desert as well. That being said, we all agreed that up in the Badlands in South Dakota the colors, shades, and hues were on a much grander scale

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Greensburg, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Views are wonderful even on a cloudy day. We made the drive from i40 West down to AZ180 and then to Holbrook. The vistas are grand. We made the recommended stops according to the nNatiinal Parks Service and spent 5 hours here and the petrified Forest. The gas station at the park entrance was closed for some type of renovation... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Best seen after rains or at sunrise or sunset. But still good anytime. Many pull offs to take pictures. Part of the Petrified Forest National Park. Take the whole loop road in either direction through the Parkin enjoy varied scenery and petrified trees.

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Carlsbad, New Mexico
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A 28 mile drive is punctuated with petrified forests, petroglyphs from ancient peoples, archeological digs and ruins, and panoramic scenes revealing an ancient archeology that is stunning. Yes - go to the Grand Canyon... but this is just a little ways from Flagstaff... and you have to see this as well

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Pflugerville, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We were on our way to another stop on our family vacation and didn't intend to stop here but made a last minute decision to go ahead and stop. I've been before but I was maybe 12 and my husband, son and daughter have never been - and honestly I don't remember most of it. It was really neat and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 20, 2017

In route from the Petrified Forest you will drive for a little bit and notice many pull offs to hop out of your car to take in the beauty of the different colors in the rocks. These pulls offs are very interesting...some of the colors within the rocks, petroglyphs, and ruins from ancient times. I found the this area to... More 

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