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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  • The landscape will take your breath away. The colors in the rocks are so stunning that it is hard to know where to focus in on first.  more »
  • I hadn’t been here in over 40 years. It’s as beautiful as I remember and made a notable impression on our teen. But, we had to chop an hour off our time to make it to Chinle later as we hadn’t known t...  more »
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  • One of the most beautiful areas we have ever visited. For photography, the best time to visit is closer to sunset.
  • It's a long time since I visited here and remember it so well and the beauty of it.

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