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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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  • My teenage daughter and I did the Petrified Forest/Painted Desert tour on a recent trip. One park runes into the other. Plan your visit as to whether you enter the parks from the north or the south. I...  more »
  • Well....I was able to visit the park again. My husband and I were able to hike most trails. It rained but still fun. It is an unbelievable place and you get to see the desert, petrified trees and in t...  more »
  • Loved this place, the views are so beautiful. Lots of pull-offs so you can get some gorgeous photos. If you can walk, there is an area where you can walk down in to the canyon for even more impressive...  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.