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“A variety of Landscapes”

Crystal Forest Loop
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Reviewed September 17, 2013

If you're expecting a massive area containing a lot of petrified wood you'll be disappointed. However, the shop opposite the museum at the South Entrance, has some fine examples of raw and polished petrified wood, together with a large assortment of fossils (dinosaur bones and eggs, and many other things. The drive through the park was interesting with a variety of landscapes including areas with petrified wood. If it's not on your route, it's probably not worth the mileage to get there, but if you're in to petrified wood then fine.

Thank Dick F
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Reviewed September 6, 2013

We drove around to a few of the different trails. This trail is a little north of the entrance/museum. It was still less than a mile I think, and had some nice hills, slopes to it. Paved. Great views of the rocks.

Thank Danielle L
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Reviewed September 3, 2013 via mobile

This is one of the easy trails we did in the park although longer than Puerco Pueblo and Newspaper Rock (see those reviews). Our sons were trying to earn their Junior Ranger badges and the Crystal Forest Loop was a great place for them too observe and complete required activities in their booklet. We didn't want to stray from course too much or disturb the wood but some activities required touching the logs. They were able to gently complete their activities with logs right by the trail.

We took our time around the trail because it was hot and we wanted a leisurely stroll. At least I did. Unlike other trails in the six parks we had previously visited, the whole trail is visible from any point on the trail so when our boys would run ahead of me, I could still see them. Usually they would slow down as I am the keeper of the water (don't forgt yours!).

There were lots of beautiful logs to view, many so different from the others. It was a nice variety. Some looked chopped up like chopped carrots. I would have liked a "real" camera to take pictures instead of just my phone camera. It would be nice to capture the many colors and iridescence in the logs.

1  Thank wannabefolkie
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Reviewed August 11, 2013

PFNP is a nice park right off I-40. We started off taking a short hike along the rim of the Painted Desert, however we arrived too early to visit the Painted Desert Inn. The Painted Desert itself is majestic. It extends as far as can be seen with hues of red across the landscape.

The Puerco Pueblo trail was an interesting short hike through an ancient village with several petroglyphs. Newspaper Rock is another stop in the park with several boulders that contain hundreds of petroglyphs.

Most of our time was spent on the Crystal Forest Trail viewing the scattered logs. This is a pleasant mile walk where petrified wood can be viewed right off the path.

We ended the morning at the Rainbow Forest Museum with another short walk along the Giant Logs trail behind the museum.

2  Thank OnTheNarrowRoad
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Reviewed August 9, 2013

You can not start to imagine where all these big trees came from. And so many of them. This must have been a very big forest.

Thank Sarie V
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