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“Setup just like it was originally” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Painted Desert Inn

Painted Desert Inn
Certificate of Excellence
New Jersey
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291 reviews
118 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 140 helpful votes
“Setup just like it was originally”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 8, 2013

Has a nice display including the prices of the restaurant and good view of the painted desert. There is a hiking trail between the two ponts

Visited July 2013
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Greenbelt, Maryland
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163 reviews
95 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
“just a great experience (2 of 2)”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 9, 2013

The old Painted Desert Inn at Kachina Point was a fantastic find for this history buff, and the ranger on host duty went out of his way to show the place and answer questions. Views from the Inn patio are best in the early morning. The best part of the site, however, is the semi-hidden trail to the left of the building. In two switchbacks and a couple steep traverses it drops along the gully walls down to the desert floor (boots strongly recommended). From which one is free to explore as far as his/her feet (and water and sunscreen supply) allow. Close to the starting point is the remnant of an old dam and a natural petrified log acting as a bridge; further out is the colored sand with all its hues. All over the place are pieces (from fist- to boulder-size) of petrified wood. Overnight camping on the desert floor is allowed; check at the visitor center near the entrance to the Park.
The ½ mile stroll to the next parking lot/vista point along the blacktop road is a poor substitute for the experience on the desert floor (but the footing is easier and safer).
My only “complaint” is that the Inn opens to visitors relatively late in the morning and shuts down quite early in the afternoon, well before the rest of the Park closes for the night, so that it can be visited only in the warmest part of the day. The trail is of course open at all times.

Visited February 2013
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Saxton, Pennsylvania, United States
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30 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“A view of the past.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 25, 2013

I'm not sure what I expected, but I found this former inn to be quite interesting. There was a man who would have talked our leg off telling us history, but we were on a tine schedule and needed to get moving. Definitely worth a stop to look around.

Visited February 2013
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39 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Historical Place with Character”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 19, 2013

The building is very nice, sadly the day did not help and we could not grab nice photos for lack of light. It brings you back to simpler times where people did not require major amenities at their hotels. Very nice place to visit while touring the Petrified forest

Visited January 2013
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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6 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Beautiful Building”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 23, 2012

We stopped by here when we drove through the park. It is filled with interesting pictures and information about Painted Desert, and we were glad that we took the time to stop. It gave us even more information about the park than what we read as we were driving. We even came away with a few books that we have looked through several times since our visit.

Visited August 2012
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