The next stop on our 28 mile tour of the Petrified Forest National Park and Painted Desert was Pintado Point and a few more quick stops. The air quality is so pure in this area, you are able to see clearly for 100 miles or more. The desert vistas from this point are amazing.
A natural canvas millions of years in the making, no one event shaped the Painted Desert. Instead, the area – which is home to many memorable formations and features – serves as proof of the earth’s volatility: volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, floods and sunlight all combined to create the Painted Desert. Deposits of clay and sandstone, stacked in elegant layers, play with the setting Arizona sun in an altering display of colorful radiance.
Both the Navajo and Hopi people have lived in the region for hundreds of years, but it was Spanish Colonialists who gave this landscape the name we know it by today – El Desierto Pintado.
Our next stop will be a tour of the Historic Painted Desert Inn. Check back later for more from our visit to the incredible Petrified Forest National Park and the Painted Desert.