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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.
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“grand canyon” (138 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
1 Park Rd, Petrified Forest National Park, AZ 86028-9997
(928) 524-6228
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Cool title how the word petrified is interesting word it is a bunch of wood trees forest the head turned to rock with many beautiful different colors is quite interesting and educational to teach to children are young teens what it is into experience what...More

Thank saykenny
Reviewed 3 days ago

Amazing views of changing rock formations and colours. Well worth the drive stopping at the vantage points

1  Thank 639marie
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a wonderful visit to the Painted Desert. The park was absolutely beautiful to drive through, with occasional well-marked and well-maintained trails which we took advantage of. It felt like we were the only people there, which made it a special and memorable visit.

1  Thank masstrips
Reviewed 1 week ago

We spent a most enjoyable day visiting Petrified Forest National Park which includes the Painted Desert. The Forest side is a genuine wonder especially when you realize that the area was once a tropical rain forest and sat at about the latitude of Costa Rica...More

1  Thank Harry K
Reviewed 1 week ago

One of the greatest joys of the Painted Desert (and Petrified Forest) is that it never appears to be crowded. For us it is absolutely wonderful to be able to drive through with our big rig (60' truck and fifth wheel). There is plenty of...More

1  Thank chventures
Reviewed 1 week ago

So glad that we took the time to drive through the park and see the painted desert! There is beauty in every direction. A storm was coming in providing great contrast.

1  Thank Travis T
Reviewed 1 week ago

take at your own pace self-tour. historic information on Route 66 as well. Amazing feel with the people who did dwell there, great respect for Native Americans

1  Thank laelamarie
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Even in a storm, the Painted Desert is incredible to see. After the park ranger advised us to be safe due to all of the lightning, we opted for a drive through, rather than a lot of the normal stops. It was still beautiful!

2  Thank Pasoporaqui
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I wasn't expecting it, the drive through the Petrified forest is incredible, around every curve lies a different alien landscape. Definitely a must do and stop at all the turn outs too.

1  Thank RachaelSadley
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The photo opportunities are amazing. We got there late but were still able to see the amazing colors of the canyon walls. Definitely plan a few hours, maybe even drive the entire length.

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12 April 2017|
Response from 50Places | Reviewed this property |
Yes, that's possible. The route is only about 28 miles long, which is about a half-hour drive. But you would want to stop and get out to take photos, or go on short hikes to see things close up. And there are some short side... More
11 April 2017|
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Response from wilderspin | Reviewed this property |
Its 27 miles and there are lots of stopping points, so depends how slow you drive (to enjoy the scenery) and how often you stop :-) Reckon if you didn't stop about 45 -60 mins at a slow enough speed to look, plus any... More
Rhonda T
4 April 2017|
Response from wilderspin | Reviewed this property |
Hmmmm, never having driven anything like that I'm really not sure. But..... you could always perhaps park the trailer up at the car park at the visitor cetntre and collect it on the way back, unless you were planning to go... More