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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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  • I'm sure there's nothing I can say that other zillions of visitors have said. But being at the entrance when it opens will help you get good light for photography here -- and farther south into Petrif...  more »
  • The Painted Desert became famous for a reason...It is beautiful. Definitely worth driving by or even out of your way to go see. The only disappointment for us was that there is limited hiking and none...  more »
  • This was one of our planned places to visit on vacation and it did not disappoint. As stated in my title, this astounding place is beyond words to describe. You gotta see it!  more »
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  • The rangers were very pleasant and helpful with the kids. Junior Ranger badges and patches along with the packets. Store prices seem much more reasonable than Grand Canyon NP. Video is worth the watch and the drive is at least an hour but completely worth it. Southern stop of the loop includes dinosaurs.
  • Nestled near the Petrified Forest National Park the Painted Desert has a number of breath taking vistas that don't require a hike. Although, if hiking is your thing, trails and badlands weave through this Arizona gem. Don't forget to stop by the gift shop for some beautiful native art and colorful mementos before finding your favorite spot to watch the sun set.
  • Very pretty place! I wasn't expecting to see as many good views as we did. Definitely worth the little detour it took to get us here on our cross country road trip. Try to go during "Golden Hour" to get the best photos and you won't regret the small detour!
  • Beautiful sight everyone should see. Absolutely breathtaking. God's handiwork at his best. Amazing.
  • 2nd visit. First time 1970's. Major improvements. Beautiful scenes. Worth it to travel and visit.