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Amazing and abundant

We were short on time so spent most of our afternoon hiking the Jasper area. We hiked down into a... read more

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This was a very beautiful Scenic ride. There were places where you can get out of your car and... read more

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Reviewed April 4, 2018

We booked two nights in Holbrook AZ in June, 2017 specifically to see the Petrified Forest National Park. Unfortunately we arrived during a sweltering heat wave. Only a few days before the Phoenix airport was shutdown due to the high temps. We went to the park anyways.

We entered the park at the South gate. Cost was $20 which was good for a few days. Our first stop was the Rainbow Forest Museum which is a must for little kids. There was a cool archaeological dig for them there. And other interesting attractions.

We wanted to go for a hike on the trails outside the museum, but it was too hot. We walked a little ways but decided to turn back after barley 20 minutes. Next we hit the gift shop across the street and all got trinkets for our family back home. Then we just drove through the park, wishing it wasn't so stinking hot. The vistas were beautiful!

We did stop at one trail to view the natural bridge. I don't recall the name of it, but I did get pics there.

Next time, we're in Arizona AND the temps are below 90 we'll definitely go back to explore more. There is parking at the trailheads. Expect to spend a few hours in the park if you plan to try any of the hikes.

The north side entrance has gorgeous views of the painted desert. Make sure to take your camera!

Date of experience: June 2017
Thank Jeff and Kim T
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Reviewed April 2, 2018 via mobile

I visited this park 31 years ago as a teenager, and was glad I could take my teens to see this marvel of nature. Recommended!

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank 44nataliewe
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Reviewed April 1, 2018 via mobile

This park is a 26 mile drive that is amazing. The pertrified wood, hills, rocks and more are breathtaking. The colors are incredible. Junior ranger program taught us a lot along the way. The are few rest stops during the drive and no food or water options except at the 2 entrances.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank BrandyR216
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Reviewed April 1, 2018 via mobile

Had part of an afternoon to visit the park, wish we had more time. Amazing petrified wood lying around on the ground plus petroglyphs at newspaper rock. Rangers warn you to be headed out at closing time but you can drive out even after the gates are closed

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Peggy S
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Reviewed April 1, 2018

While it is out of the way, about 2 hours east of Flagstaff, it is worth the drive. The desert landscape is littered with mineralized trees that are the remnants of an ancient forest. My family and I had a great time walking around in the park and enjoying the sites.

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank Lewis G
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