Petrified Forest National Park

Petrified Forest National Park covers an area of 230 square miles with a chunk of the Painted Desert in the north end.  A 28-mile road runs north-south, with many pull-off areas to see various sights.  There are several short hikes available but there are also 43000-acre and 7000-acre Wilderness areas – in the north and south respectively – for longer hikes and overnight stays.  Even if not venturing into the Wilderness areas you can spend most or all of a day here seeing the sights, which include desert and badland landscapes, the remains of ancient pueblos, petroglyphs, interesting geology, and more petrified wood than you can shake a stick at.

About Michael R

I enjoy hiking, landscaping with native plants, nature photography, dark chocolate, fine dining, good movies, and old jazz.
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6 Responses to Petrified Forest National Park

  1. Derrick J Mahoney says:

    Hey Mike, Cindy and I were there last week.

  2. Mike Adelman says:

    What a memory lane selection – went to Petrified Forest in second grade, returned when I was 30 with our kids. Thanks for sharing.
    What were the temperatures like?

  3. Lauri Buckman says:

    “More petrified wood than you can shake a stick at…” You have a nice turn of phrase, bro! Beautiful pictures.

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