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“Sunset Ecstasy”
Review of Painted Desert

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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: This desert is famous for its striking bands of colors.
Charlotte, North Carolina
Level 6 Contributor
157 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
“Sunset Ecstasy”
Reviewed March 6, 2013

My father (who traveled extensively) always said this was the most beautiful place in the U.S. Took me 62 years to get here - and he was right. However, it may depend on the time of day. What may look like just a nice wide desert vista in mid-day turns glorious in the late afternoon sunlight. Do the Petrified Forest also. You'll be amazed at the Petrified Forest....then WOW'ed by the Painted Desert. Takes about an hour to drive through the Painted Desert and to visit the visitor center located there. I could have spent another hour or two just staring at the landscape full of pinks, reds, lavenders, and purples. It's like watching waves at the seashore - the colors move and change with the light. Don't forget your camera.

Visited November 2012
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Braintree, Massachusetts
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“Painted & Petrified”
Reviewed February 28, 2013

What a glorious park. The day was sunny, balmy and beautiful, thus the colors of the desert where gorgeous. We found a raven hanging out by a lookout and he was very accommodating in getting his picture taken. The Petrified Forest was a great attraction, although calling it a forest is a little misleading, but still worth the trip.

Visited October 2012
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San Jose, California
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“Beautiful in the snow!”
Reviewed February 27, 2013

This part of the national park is stunningly beautiful! If you're driving past on I-40, this is well worth the time/money. The entry fee to the park is just $10.

If you have just 15-30 minutes to spend in the park, this is the part to visit. I felt the vista is similar to the badlands in the Dakotas, but with the added snow it looked serene in the setting sun.

We did drive through the rest of the park, but this is the scenery we liked the best. Do check it out! :)

Visited February 2013
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Aurora, Colorado, United States
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“Breathtaking views”
Reviewed February 26, 2013

Worth the time and the detour. We got some spectacular shots and really enjoyed our drive. We continued on to Petrified Forest which provided some gorgeous photos and we learned how the trees transformed into petrified wood. Very interesting.

Visited February 2013
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Saxton, Pennsylvania, United States
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“disappointment”
Reviewed February 25, 2013

I expected much more from the name. Therefore, I was very disappointed. We fell it was nothing buy wasteland.

Visited February 2013
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