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. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Painted Desert by using our Petrified Forest National Park online vacation planner.
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  • Painted Desert gets short end of the stick sometimes being kind of out shown by the Petrified Forest's glory but the two make a wonderful pair together. So beautiful the colors and views of nature...  more »
  • You can the park from the south from Holbrook or from the north via I-40. If you are headed east on I-40 exit to Holbrook so that you don't have to back track. If headed west on I-40 then you can go.....  more »
  • Such a beautiful National Park with breathtaking views. We went on a Tuesday and the crowds were minimal. This park is also very well kept and was a treat for our family vacation.  more »
  • The most beautiful place I've ever seen it was worth the trip
  • A MUST SEE! Drive the entire park road and stop at every pull off. The scenery changes at every one, and all the park employees are amazing.
  • A fascinating landscape, kind of. Not as dramatic as Grand Canyon or Yellowstone. But it has its own beauty. Quiet, melancholic. You look at all this red, white and sometimes green colours and see a vast never ending plain full of melancholic poetry.
  • So the actual park is great! But this is the wrong location. The real Painted Desert is in Petrified Forest National Park (North of I-40). Unfortunately, it appears that this location was added incorrectly. Go to the Petrified Forest North Entrance and drive through to see this attraction. It's well worth it!
  • Love it well worth seeing every body there was so nice !

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