Painted Desert, Petrified Forest National Park

Must see · Desert · Nature / Park
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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  • The hike on the rim leading from the Painted Desert Inn to the parking area by the visitors center should be taken. The views of the desert change along the way and all of them are great.  more »
  • We visited the Painted Desert while we were in the Petrified Forest National Park. Absolutely loved it! So pretty.  more »
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  • The most beautiful place I've ever seen it was worth the trip
  • A MUST SEE! Drive the entire park road and stop at every pull off. The scenery changes at every one, and all the park employees are amazing.

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