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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. Put Painted Desert and other Petrified Forest National Park attractions into our Petrified Forest National Park tour planner, and watch your holiday take shape.
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TripAdvisor
  • The colors of the rocks were so pretty. We had to rush through but it was an amazing sight. Took lots of pictures. 
  • The Painted Desert and Petrified Forest are really one destination. It is a 26-mile route, with many places to stop or take extra short loops by car or by foot. I recommend starting at the north entra...  more »
  • In the middle of the day, the colors will be washed out. Still a great place to visit. Do not under estimate the Petrified Forest which was very impressive. Be sure to talk to rangers too to get tips ...  more »
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  • Amazing colors almost unbelievable like a movie setting. Most can be seen from car. Its great if you have limited time.
  • This is a beautiful country. I can't imagine going through life not experiencing any thing this world has to offer.