Painted Desert, Petrified Forest National Park

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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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  • it was snowing alot during our visit so some of it was covered but later as the sun came out and you could really see it "Wow" . Dont let winter stop you from visiting it was amazing  more »
  • The painted desert has no logs. We were amazed with the beauty here. Wow! At first it was yellow. However, everybody were enjoying the landscape and everyone wanted to take pictures. I had never...  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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