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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  • Nice trails and beautiful scenery. Connected to Petrified Forest. Good size gift shop.
  • Beautiful but we went to late in the day so couldn't do some of the trails. Can easily do this park quickly if just driving thru
  • Stunning. However, it's similar to other parts of Utah and Arizona that have colorful dunes, so I would say if you've been around the four corner states and seen a lot of "painted" dunes and deserts, you probably will not be blown away by anything new. But if you're not from around here, ABSOLUTELY take the time out of your route to drive through the service road and see these views.

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