The next stop on our 28 mile tour of the Petrified Forest National Park and Painted Desert, was finally, the Painted Desert. :-) It is located at the end of the 28 mile tour. It has several awesome stops along the way. Our first stop was Whipple Point. We loved this area so much, we tried to take a picture of ourselves with the Painted Desert for our background. A visitor stopped by and saw us and offered to take one for us. It’s not the best one of me, my hair was a mess, but the background made up for it. I have now changed our picture on the website to this one.
The Painted Desert encompasses over 93,500 acres and stretches over 160 miles. It begins about 30 miles north of Cameron, Arizona near the southeastern rim of the Grand Canyon to the Petrified Forest about 26 miles east of Holbrook, AZ. Along the way, it grazes the backyard of the Wupatki National Monument Indian Ruins. The Painted Desert derives its name for the multitude of colors ranging from lavenders to shades of gray with vibrant colors of red, orange and pink. It is a long expanse of badland hills and buttes and although barren and austere, it is a beautiful landscape of a rainbow of colors.
We have been absolute amazed at how much there is to see and do in this incredible park. Our next updates will cover more of the Painted Desert and a special stop at the Painted Desert Inn. Check back later for more from our outstanding visit to the Petrified National Park.