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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  • There were too many sites to even list individually. There are walking trails and driving trails. About an hour and a half trip if you drive it, but still stop to take pictures. 
    There were too many sites to even list individually. There are walking trails and driving trails. About an hour and a half trip if you drive it, but still stop to take pictures.  more »
  • We started at the South entrance of The Petrified National Park and we were hot and tired by the time we made it over to the North side of the Park. However, when we came upon the Painted Desert... 
    We started at the South entrance of The Petrified National Park and we were hot and tired by the time we made it over to the North side of the Park. However, when we came upon the Painted Desert...  more »
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  • Great vacation. Why did I wait so long.
  • This is the most beautiful place that is also including the petrified forest.

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