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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You can the park from the south from Holbrook or from the north via I-40. If you are headed east on I-40 exit to Holbrook so that you don't have to back track. If headed west on I-40 then you can go..... more »
Such a beautiful National Park with breathtaking views. We went on a Tuesday and the crowds were minimal. This park is also very well kept and was a treat for our family vacation. more »
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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