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We spent a little over three hours in the park which allowed plenty of time for us to complete a couples of short hikes and stop at most of the pull outs. The scenery is incredible. I recommend the Blue Mesa hike and the Giant...More
There is a small fee to enter (as there is with all National Parks) but it is well worth it. The road is a 28ish mile ride with pull ins around the road giving you spectacular views of some of the most colourful desert I...More
We are big fans of National Parks. We even have lived and worked in 3 of them. This is definitely a must stop. The colors are amazing especially if you are around sunrise and sunset. Be aware, they will kick people out around 6 PM....More
I have lived in AZ since 1952 and this was my first visit although I have traveled to many other places in AZ. I was fascinated with the many colors and the vastness of this area. The colors continue into the Petrified Forest which I...More
This is a part of two parks: Painted Desert and Petrified Forest -- that you visit following one road.
Painted Desert -- is unbelievable... but, please select a sunny day when you go there. If you go in a gray day, you will loose a...More
They were absolutely breathtaking. Allow yourself a full 8 hours to really enjoy the surroundings. I forgot my compact flash for my digital camera so make sure you are prepared. There are a few selfie locations in the park. There is also a hotel. I...More
Unfortunately, you will not be able to remain in the park after closing. If you are overnighting at a hotel or motel somewhere in the area, you can watch the sunset over the Painted Desert/Petrified Forest from along Route... More
Unfortunately, you will not be able to remain in the park after closing. If you are overnighting at a hotel or motel somewhere in the area, you can watch the sunset over the Painted Desert/Petrified Forest from along Route 77 between Indian Wells, AZ and Route 66/I-40 or along Route 66/I-40 which runs above a section of the park. You'll need to find a rest area or a scenic overlook, though, because I-40 is an interstate highway. Route 77 runs along the desert just outside of the Petrified Forest & Painted Desert parks.
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
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 Park (the arch and bluffs are not to be missed) and arrived in Albuquerque late afternoon. So yes, it is doable, but you may want to find a place to stay in Arizona as sunset is particularly lovely at the Painted Desert and a four and a half hour drive could be tiring after a long day. Enjoy! It’s spectacular!!