The Stancliff Adventure travel blog

Petrified Wood

Large petrified tree

Another huge petrified tree

Painted Desert

Rick & Cheyenne on the ATV

Our campsite in Timberon, NM

After leaving Williams, Arizona and the Grand Canyon area we headed east and went through the Petrified Forest National Park and the Painted Desert National Park. It is interesting that every state in the country has petrified wood (which is now actually rock), the national park is just the largest concentration of petrified wood in the country. Petrified wood is one of the most well known fossils, petrified wood is simply mineral replacement that takes place over millions of years. The wood from forests became buried under thick layers of sediment and over millions and millions of years each wood fiber was replaced by tiny crystals of silica, which is a form of agate. The agate is colored by minerals producing the rainbow hues in the petrified wood. Also, petrified wood is the official state fossil of Arizona.

We then continued our travels eastward into New Mexico. We spent a couple of nights traveling along the way and ended up in Timberon, New Mexico which is a very remote little town in the southern part of New Mexico, located in the Lincoln National Forest. Timberon is so small that it isn't even on the map, we heard about it from a guy at a ATV shop that we stopped to ask about ATV riding. We camped at a really nice campground called Circle Cross RV Park. Each morning and evening there were deer and turkey that roamed around the campground, it was really neat. We were able to ride our ATV's in the forest a couple of days and found some really exciting trails in the mountains. Unfortunately the campground closed for the season on Thursday, Nov. 1 and we had to leave before we were really ready to.

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