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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
  • This park is huge - 28 miles of road to drive. There are many overlooks where you can view the incredible colored sand mountains. If you want to hike there are lots of trails where you can get up clos...  more »
  • This was the first stop in our visit to four national parks. We absolutely loved it. The views are just amazing. Definitely worth the visit. 
  • This is an amazing portion of our wonderful country, America. It's an exceptional educational experience! Drive the full park from north to south and take the time to see the beauty that is here. The ...  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.