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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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  • Maybe I wouldn't plan a vacation around it but if you are sight seeing the west and are in the area this is worth a day of your time between the two parks. Some great views and lots of historical fact...  more »
  • Walk down the mile loop at Blue Mesa- a steep but beautiful walk.....but from the top, the views are spectacular awe- inspiring.....take the drive her after the petrified forest stop 
  • We did a trip taking in different sights like White Sands and the Painted Desert. It is worth seeing these places for sure at least once. This is a water carved badlands area that is colourful but som...  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.