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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  • We stopped here during a cross country trip in May. Coming from the East Coast, the views here are so amazing. There are plenty of lookout points that have plenty of information at them. It didn't tak...  more »
  • We called here on our Route 66 road trip. It's essentially a self-drive tour of the desert with lots of viewing pull-offs and options to take various walking trails. The scenery is amazing.  more »
  • It is beautiful. There are different colors of soil in the hills at different levels. As the sun moves the colors increase in the brightness and intensity It is a must see if you are in the park. It i...  more »
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  • I loved it here. The views are breathtaking and serene. The petrified Forest is amazing. It's hard to comprehend that the fossils occurred naturally. Fabulous time. Use the Nat Park pass.
  • This is worth taking the drive off the highway just to see the views. If you are into seeing the national parks and you're in Arizona to see the attractions they have to offer, buy a park pass while you're there and it'll cover all of their national parks including the rest of the national parks in the United States.
  • The painted desert is so beautiful. So much color and beauty in one place. The desert landscape is magnificent. This is one of m favorite National parks. There were plenty of viewpoint or lookouts. Each had a great view. You will have plenty of opportunities to take photographs at the colorful desert landscape. It was just mesmerizing and relaxing to look at all the scenery. This was a great trip and I am glad that we decided to take the time to drive through this magnificent National Park.
  • Stunning..amazing. Beautiful
  • What a breathtaking View of Exquisite nature that our dear Lord has bestowed upon us. I have been here many times to experience this transcending world that we live in by our creator, our heavenly father, are powerful Almighty, amen

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