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“So glad we stopped here” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Painted Desert

Painted Desert
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$276.99*
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45-minute Helicopter Flight Over the Grand Canyon from Tusayan, Arizona
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: This desert is famous for its striking bands of colors.
London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
“So glad we stopped here”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 11, 2013

This is a wonderful area of scattered petrified wood, desert vistas, and unique geologic terrain. We entered from the south end, visited the petrified forest area first, and moved north up to the painted desert bit near the interstate, stopping many times along the way to take in the wonderful views. If you're anywhere near here, this is a must-see. (PS we stayed in a great B&B in Holbrook (Heward House), which was a short drive from here.)

Visited November 2013
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Fort Worth, Texas
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“if you're heading west to Flagstaff - stop here”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 1, 2013

stop here and stretch your legs... the park is awesome, relaxing and as usual for a NP -CHEAP.

its about an hour or two to drive the loop from the north end and then come out on the south end and hit -I40 back to Flagstaff (if you're coming west from Albuq)

The town of Holbrook is ok, has good gas stations. Petrified Forest is something you may not see ever again...(thats why we stopped)

Visited November 2013
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Illinois
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“Wonderful and Amazing Views”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 25, 2013

Our friends made a stop here on our way to the Grand Canyon. So glad that they day. We drove through the Painted Desert first. The amazing views and colors were outstanding. You must have your camera. In the Painted Desert we stop at a covered picnic area to have our picnic lunch. What a nice treat. As we drove we made our way to the Petrified Forest. It has many unusually and but very unique views. Camera time here also. We toured this in Sept and it was hot so bring water, hat and sunglasses.

Visited September 2013
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Broomfield, Colorado
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“Great colors!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 24, 2013

My family was torn on whether or not this would be worth an hour added on to our road trip but the kids haven't stopped talking about it for days. This was the first section we saw on the loop from the North Entrance and we already knew that we had made the right choice to see this while in the area. Every direction you look you see new colors and hills. It was raining on us most of the time, but the kids still loved getting out to enjoy the different views. The kids loved doing the Junior Ranger booklet and collecting facts.

Visited November 2013
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Borrego Springs, California
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“Colors = Amazing”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 23, 2013

Not to be missed. I entered the park at the north entrance and drove all the way to the south entrance and was glad I did! The first five miles are driving through the Painted Desert. Lots of pull-offs from which to stop and admire the views. Many interpretive areas give you context for what you're looking at. Truly amazing. My fave portion of the whole park, however, was the 3-mile loop to Blue Mesa - don't miss it! It's Dr. Seuss all over again!

Visited November 2013
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