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Painted Desert

1 Park Rd, Petrified Forest National Park, AZ 86028-9997
(928) 524-6228
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This desert is famous for its striking bands of colors.
  • Excellent68%
  • Very good25%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“national park” (239 reviews)
“petrified forest” (467 reviews)
“grand canyon” (143 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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1 Park Rd, Petrified Forest National Park, AZ 86028-9997
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Reviewed 3 days ago

I was not exactly sure of what to expect upon arrival to the Petrified Forest, but I left in total amazement. The entire visit I tried to imagine how the area would have looked a million years ago. It's almost unbelievable to see these trees...More

2  Thank Penny W
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Reviewed 3 days ago

The painted desert is an amazing and beautiful place. The wind whips up through the canyons and buffets you around while you gaze on the glorious view. It is also called the badlands and it is easy to see why. You can imagine people trying...More

Thank Larry B
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The desert is its own kind of beauty. When you see all the different colors of sand/dirt, you can't help but wonder ~ how? If you are in the area, you must take the road through the painted desert and petrified forest.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very easy to get to. Right off I-40. You can see all the sites here by car on the 26 mile drive. Great views and panoramic photo opportunities.

Thank Mnako
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The Petrified Forest and Painted Desert are in the one National Park. There is a scenic drive through the desert that has various stops along the way to the former forests. While there are petrified remains of some trees along the drive, it will take...More

1  Thank jillianjh
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We arrived at the Painted Desert around 10 am and had the morning sun to face when taking pictures. The Desert itself is beautiful with the different color contrasts of the sand. You are able to take a hike down into the desert if you...More

Thank Cynthia S
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I wish I had budgeted more time for this park. We did the Junior ranger program which the kids likes and drove all through the park. Ice cream at the inn was a favorite.

1  Thank Cynthia J
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Arrived via the south entrance. Toured the museum and self guided walking trail. Very descriptive pamphlet can be picked up in the museum. Drove up the park road about 5 miles. The lookouts and scenic views were great. I wish I had more time to...More

1  Thank Arizona_RoadRunner
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have seen dramatic scenery of all types, including deserts and badlands, and this just didn't measure up to my eyes. Ditto the petrified forest. I love getting off the beaten path, but the trip in here didn't justify what we saw. I suppose I...More

Thank montanapescado
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Each of the 8 overlooks in the northern end of Petrified Forest NP offers a different view of the Painted Desert. The colors will amaze you at each stop. Located very near each other, took us less than 45 minutes to do the entire loop....More

2  Thank Shuttrrbug
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May 14, 2018|
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Response from Paula S | Reviewed this property |
I drove from Oklahoma and stayed overnight in Texas, then continued my drive to Snowflake, AZ where I spent the night in order to get up early to see the petrified forest and painted desert. Continued to El Maipais National... More
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billy f
March 11, 2018|
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Response from BBCard1 | Reviewed this property |
$20 entry fee per car.
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Greg L
March 9, 2018|
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Response from marypatro | Reviewed this property |
Absolutely!! That's how we did it. We drove through the Petrified forest then through the Painted Desert while it was close to sunset. Then we went back through as we were heading back to Phoenix during the day. Stop at all... More
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