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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: This desert is famous for its striking bands of colors.
Reviewed August 29, 2013

From the moment you enter the park, the landscape is amazing. From the initial easy walking trails through the petrified stumps, to the viewing points over vistas of bizarre rock formations, you will be reaching for your camera.
There are a number of simple walks to get closer to the sights and many areas of outstanding beauty. It is useful that you don't have to retrace your steps, like many parks and can simply drive through it.

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Reviewed August 27, 2013

This park is 26 miles long from the entrance to the last attraction. It has one beautiful stop after the other. There really is too much to cover in one day but most people do it that way. Our favorite part was the stop that had all the fallen logs, as if a storm blew up and suddenly several trees dropped, only now they are not trees but rocks. Other awesome sites are Newspaper Rock and The Painted Desert. The gift stores are really nice and so are the visitor centers.

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Reviewed August 26, 2013

My family and I visited the Petrified Forest and Painted Desert on August 3, 2013 and we were blown away by the sights. It is a unique, stark landscape that we had never seen before. The scenic drive through the Petrified Forest and Painted Desert was easy and it provided so many fantastic vantage points for photo ops. There were numerous hiking opportunities throughout the park. Admission to the park was minimal and worth the price.

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Reviewed August 25, 2013

The views are remarkable from every facet of the National Park. There was much area to cover and it all had its own beauty. It is easy to imagine a huge body of water was once in this area. Driving through the area, I reflected that where I drove could have been the place where crocodiles roamed. Near-by bones of dinosaur's at a the Park Museum verified this could be an accurate assumption on my part. The Painted Desert is a vast area of layered colors of the beautiful desert floor. It is well worth the trip if in the area.

As a side note, it is easy to lose track of ones speed in the vastness of the park. Please be mindful of the speed limit as the park will report and fine those that are not watching their speed. No, I did not get a traffic violation; however, I was in front of someone who I believe did.

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Reviewed August 25, 2013

We love stopping at the NP sites our boys have earned several JR Ranger badges. The rangers were all friendly & it is a great way to sneak in learning when the children just think they are having a ball.

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