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“Amazing geological formations & fossilized trees....”

Petrified Forest National Park
Ranked #1 of 11 things to do in Holbrook
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Reviewed April 4, 2018

This park is remarkable for so many reasons. The scenery is spectacular, the geological formations impressive and the cultural histories fascinating. The sheer size & numbers of fossilized trees are breathtaking. The stories their presence tells! My husband & I chose to enter the park right at 8am for the morning light photography and the solitude. All the park rangers, staff & volunteers are very friendly & helpful. Ranger Ketchum assisted us with choosing hikes and, even though there were many visitors...she remembered us the next day. We did all the hikes...each one very special. Blue Mesa was one of our favorites...along with one of the “Off the Beaten Path Trails”: Onyx Bridge. We chose to hike the 4 mile Onyx Bridge hike at 3pm for the late afternoon colors. This is an unmaintained trail so requires skills to find your way. Even though we never found the bridge...we did hike up to lunar like landscape. We also enjoyed the historic Painted Desert Inn...be sure to set time aside to tour the Inn. The craftmanship & beauty is so stunning! Picnic tables are on site. We were so happy that we had set aside two full days for the park. It allowed us plenty of time to enjoy the park and it’s facilities. Don’t miss the 15 minute movie at the visitor center. We are so fortunate to have our national park system...we encountered so many foreign visitors that were taken aback by the grandeur of our park system!

Thank Sherry P
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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!

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!

Thank Natalie W
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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.

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

Thank Peggy S
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