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Apr 28, 2018 - Petrified Forest and Painted Desert

The petrified forest and painted desert is a 28 mile drive that consists of overlooks, museums and walking trails... although only 28 miles it took us almost all day to go through. The colors are spectacular and the informational plaques and museums interesting and it was all surprising to us. The pictures pale in comparison to the real thing. The striations of colors ..shades of gray, white, green, aqua, blue and purples to an almost red. I could post 100 pictures of just the desert colors but there was so much more ... Historic Route 66...

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Apr 10, 2018 - Petrified Forest and Painted Desert

Welcome to the Petrified Forest. If you've never been it is a must see. You could just sit and stare at it for hours. The painted desert overlooks are numerous, each telling its own story. The drive through the forest is approximately 24 miles. One of the main attractions is the hike down the Blue Mesa which has a 3.5 mile loop to explore and a 1 mile trail that takes you down to where you can get an unclose view from the bottom. There are many extensive hikes throughout the park, but we opted for the shorter ones. Many of the rocks you...

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Mar 25, 2017 - Petrified Forest

We had a great day traveling through the Painted Desert. The weather was in the 70's and felt great. It reminded us of the Badlands in South Dakota. There was a 26 mile drive threw the park that took in the Painted Desert and the Petrified Forest. It had stops along the way and you could take all the time that you needed. This is just one of the many National Parks that we wanted to visit. WE camped at a campground just east of the park and right on old route 66. From here we will be traveling to Kingman, Arizona. We have seen a lot and...

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Sep 15, 2016 - Petrified Forest National Park - Crystal Forest Museum Campground

We’ve been by the Petrified Forest National Park several times now, but never stopped before. This was the trip we decided to finally do it. Petrified Forest National Park is named for its large deposits of petrified wood. (That sounds reasonable.) The park covers about 170 square miles encompassing semi-desert shrub steppe as well as highly eroded and colorful badlands. In fact, the northern part of the park extends into the Painted Desert. The Petrified Forest is known for its fossils, especially fallen trees that lived in the Late...

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Retired at Last!

Oct 3, 2015 - Balloons and Petrified Rocks

I took a "long cut" from Santa Rosa to Show Low. The balloon fiesta started in Albuquerque today so I couldn't resist driving by for a look see. It was worth the detour. At one point two balloons were right over my head. Beautiful colors all over the sky. The long cut was through the Petrified Forest. I hadn't been there since Tom and I took the boys in 1979. I forgot how interesting this National Park is and I am glad I went. I will enjoy looking at my pictures for a long time to come. The main street in Show Low is called Deuce of Clubs....

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Sep 19, 2015 - Petrified Forest and Painted Desert NP

We walked Sandy down to the beach for the sunrise before leaving Wahweap Park. We came another very straight route that maybe 10 other vehicles knew about. Peaceful and pretty. We drove to the "little Painted Desert." Pretty but not much there. We drove into Winslow AZ to "take it easy" and eat. We are traveling I 40 so we are headed East. We stayed in Holbrooke to see The Petrified Forest and Painted Desert. We got a late start because there is so much to see there. If you enter from 180, there is petrified wood laying all over. I was...

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Apr 21, 2015 - Painted Desert and Petrified Forest National Park

Today we drove through the Painted Desert and Petrified Forest on our way from Gallup, NM to Camp Verde, AZ. The road through the park easily accommodates big RVs like ours, so all we had to do was drive and pull over whenever we wanted to take a photo...which was a LOT! Enjoy the photos!

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2015 Southwest Trip

Mar 18, 2015 - Petrified Forest

Going North on Highway 60 from Globe AK you follow a beautiful scenic highway that passes through Salt River Canyon. A marvellous wonder of civil engineering. You can see it on YouTube since many travellers have captured this canyon on their dash cams. On Wednesday we visited the Petrified Forest National Park. This park shows the remains of an age old forest existing from before time began!?. The remains that you can see today are totally petrified (versteend) and the colours are amazing. We stayed overnight in a lonely camping in St....

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Escaping Freeseland

May 17, 2014 - Petrified Forest National Park (Arizona)

Saturday, 17-May – Red Rock State Park → Petrified Forest National Park → Holbrook, AZ Trip miles: 82 + 59 miles Route taken: I-40 Average Gas mileage: 26.1 Weather: chilly (45F?) in the morning, high of 90F in the Petrified Forest NP, sunny with gusty wind Elevation: 6468 ft. → 5082 ft. Highlights: - Petrified Forest NP - seeing migrating whooping cranes (maybe?) - gaining an hour driving from New Mexico to Arizona Other activities:Gallup, NM has many interesting summer activities, such as Rodeos, a walking tour of the downtown...

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May 11, 2014 - Painted Desert, AZ

A drive through the Painted Desert Google Search or you can try Wikipedia Painted Desert Inn or you can try Wikipedia

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May 11, 2014 - Petrified Forest

Petrified Forest and Wikipedia...

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May 11, 2014 - Puerco Pueblo & Newspaper Rock

Puerco Pueblo and Newspaper Rock...

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