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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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Worth the Drive

We pulled our travel trailer through the park with no problem. Even if you never stop you have seen beautiful country. If and when you stop, take hundreds of pictures.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Bob19512014
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Clearwater, Florida
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Clearwater, Florida
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We pulled our travel trailer through the park with no problem. Even if you never stop you have seen beautiful country. If and when you stop, take hundreds of pictures.

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Lemont, Illinois
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We started on the South end and enjoyed the Petrified Forest first. I have an older vintage ring of petrified wood, probably from the 50's or 60's. I always wondered about it, but never thought I would be able to visit a National Park where I could see and learn much more about. Now I think that is where the... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I'm sure there's nothing I can say that other zillions of visitors have said. But being at the entrance when it opens will help you get good light for photography here -- and farther south into Petrified Forest.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Painted Desert became famous for a reason...It is beautiful. Definitely worth driving by or even out of your way to go see. The only disappointment for us was that there is limited hiking and none off trails. The views are awesome.

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Lewisburg, Tennessee
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was one of our planned places to visit on vacation and it did not disappoint. As stated in my title, this astounding place is beyond words to describe. You gotta see it!

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Derby, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were rather disappointed with the painted desert. The coloured cliffs are not especially interesting with only red and white to be seen. There are far more spectacular views of coloured cliffs elsewhere in Arizona. We would not have bothered except that the painted desert is continuation of the Petrified Forest National Park and therefore covered by the same fee.

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Alpharetta, Georgia
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We enjoyed the petrified forest and the painted desert. Give yourself at least an hour for the drive and pictures.

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Dysart, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The painted desert did not excite me much at all, of course for someone who is not as severely color blind as me it must be a sight to behold! I could see distinct patterns in the scenery but no real standout colors. further down the road I could see on the Buttes clearly defined lines and better colors, although... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The Painted Desert and Petrified Forest rival the Grand Canyon in their magnificence!! Interesting, informative, but also just stunning at every turn! Enter from the South gate, go to the museum/visitors center, and then drive the distance to the North gate. Stop at every point of interest and enjoy each part of this natural wonder. Every mile boasts a new... More 

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

If you are trying to decide whether it is worth going to see the Painted Desert, I would definitely say "yes" you should make the trip! It is such an interesting place to visit. You won't see anything like it elsewhere. The geology is amazing! The road goes through the Petrified Forest which is just an amazing place as well.... More 

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