Painted Desert, Petrified Forest National Park

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Like a striking canvas, the Painted Desert builds layer upon layer of color on hills made of siltstone, mudstone, and shale. The resulting view highlights the region's name, alternating oranges, white, reds, and pinks. This badlands area was formed of volcanic rock and limestone revealed by erosion over the years. Drive through the region along a paved road that stretches over plateaus on Navajo land with many lookout points. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Painted Desert by using our Petrified Forest National Park online vacation planner .
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  • One of my best travel experiences. Very surprising, despite huge expectations. Scatenza the edge of surreal experience that fantasy and imagination. A paradise for photographers, like me.
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  • View after stunning view. Some nice short walks The 28 mile drive (west to east) starts with the painted desert and ends with the Petrified Forest. Best to stay in Holbrook  more »
  • How pleased we were with the drive through the Painted Desert and the Petrified Forest. We almost skipped it but are so very glad we asked locals and added this to our trip. Around every bend and over...  more »

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