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Petrified Forest

Sedona, Arizona
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Petrified Forest

We are staying in Sedona for a few days and want to go to Petrified Forest. While doing some research it seems like a lot of people drive around the forest but not a lot of hiking. We are traveling with two young kids and wanted to know if we should bring hiking gear, water, sunscreen? Could we spend a few hours checking out the forest?

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Me

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We are heading from the Grand Canyon back to Denver on HWY 40 and want to drive thru the Petrified Forest and such. Are there any other places we should stop for a fun photo op??? Thanks for any advice you can offer!

Edited: 11:23 pm, July 24, 2013
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12. Re: Petrified Forest

Obvious photo op is in Winslow at the Standing on the Corner monument.

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13. Re: Petrified Forest

And, of course, the most massive of the tree trunks in the Giant Logs section.

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Painted desert overlooks in Petrified Forest NP. Btw, it's your trip but have you considered driving back to Denver from GC via Monument Valley and Moab?

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We have already done Moab and that way:)

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There is a visitor center at the north and south end of the park. Both have "hands on" displays for kids. The video at the north end is quite informative, and there may (?) be mention of dinosaurs, which most kids love. The visitor center at the south end has the Giant Logs Trail and quite a few long logs simply lying about. Great photo op. Both ends of the park have a gift shop and a snack bar/restaurant.

As you drive through the north end, the Painted Desert, stop at the Puerco Ruins, right across the (dry) river. There are petroglyphs hidden amongst the rocks which kids enjoy finding. Also at the north end, at what used to be called the Inn and has been named and renamed is a good stop. It is kind of like a visitor center and gift shop combined. The upper and lower floors are open to the public and will give you a good idea of life for travelers at that time.

If you are interested in hiking off the beaten path, there is a trailhead behind the Inn that goes right down to the floor of the Painted Desert and there is quite a bit of petrified wood, some of which is only now being exposed due to erosion. This is considered wilderness area, but no permit is required for day use. If you keep the Inn in sight you will easily be able to return. Take lots of water, sunscreen and wear a hat or visor.

It has been my experience, as one who was a Park Ranger at the Petrified Forest and as one who taught at the one-room school in the park, kids love rocks! Especially boys! But, they won't enjoy being thirsty--take lots of water! Have a great time!

There are a number of pull outs and you can walk just about anywhere you are not prohibited by signs. But, picking up and KEEPING the petrified wood is not allowed. Picking it up to check it out is OK. Do be careful when you pick up petrified wood--critters live under those rocks. I always recommend moving the rock with your foot first, to give the critter and you a chance to go your separate ways.

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Thank you to all that commented! We just arrived back in Denver and had a WONDERFUL drive back. The Petrified Forest and painted desert were beautiful! But I must say that Winslow and "Standing on the Corner" was a HIGHLIGHT for me...especially being a Jackson Browne and Eagles fan! Thanks again for the advice!!

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Thanks for the feeddback. Glad you enjoyed your trip.

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