The next stop on our 28 mile tour of the Petrified Forest National Park and Painted Desert was the Historic Painted Desert Inn.
The Inn is located two miles from the north entrance of the park, the Painted Desert Inn National Historic Landmark once served as a trading post, inn and restaurant for travelers along historic Arizona Route 66. Today, the landmark lives on as a museum, and also offers regular demonstrations from local Native American artisans on crafts such as rug weaving and silversmithing. I was able to touch some raw wool to see how it feels as one of the awesome examples in the Inn. It was impressive to see the menu from those days, the highest priced item was only 25 cents at the ice cream and soda counter.
The area offers a number of hikes, and a 10-mile paved road gives non-hikers a good opportunity to see rock formations and mesas with beautiful color striations. We enjoying touring this beautiful historic Inn on the inside as well as the beautiful outside. I will let the pictures tell the rest of the story. We only have one more stop on our tour after this one. Check back later for more from our visit to the Petrified Forest National Park and Painted Desert.