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!
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