Rainbow Forest

Rainbow Forest, Petrified Forest National Park: Address, Phone Number, Rainbow Forest Reviews: 4.5/5

Rainbow Forest
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An area in the south side of the Petrified Forest National Park.
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Lisamarie L
Madison, WI713 contributions
Petrified forest
Aug 2021
This is a general area in the park with various places to encounter petrified wood - there are a few trails around the Rainbow Forest Visitor Center as well as on the loop around the park where you can learn a lot of interesting information and see the deposits of petrified wood for yourself. I really liked the Jasper Forest stop.

The wood is much more colorful than I imagined - the veins of crystal in the wood sparkle in different colors.
Written 19 September 2021
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Chigchig
Memphis35 contributions
Outstanding
May 2021
The variety of colors and sizes will astound you. I didn't even get to hike it all because the toddler was tired but I definitely plan to go back.
Written 1 June 2021
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momtks
Lakeside, CA219 contributions
Spiritual
Sep 2019
Let the spirits of the past fill you with peace and courage. Resect the past peoples who knew this land was special!
Written 17 November 2019
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KatWat39
Canton, GA463 contributions
View Petrified Trees
Oct 2019
Interesting place with up close views of some petrified trees. It's well worth a look at the huge logs. We enjoyed it and are glad we stopped, but there were other viewpoints we liked better.
Written 28 October 2019
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Guestma90
Phoenix, AZ43 contributions
One of the most amazing places I have visited.
Jul 2019
Part of the national park you have to experience to believe. It is like nothing you have ever experienced. It is well worth the trip.
Written 30 September 2019
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CWGross
Calgary, Canada283 contributions
The heart of Petrified Forest
Aug 2019
The Rainbow Forest isn't a specific PLACE in Petrified Forest National Park. It is the southernmost region of the park where you find most of the petrified wood deposits. The northernmost region, by contrast, is the Painted Desert. The Rainbow Forest is most accessible through the Giant Logs trail behind the Rainbow Forest Museum and the nearby Long Logs trail.

If you are coming to Petrified Forest specifically to see the petrified wood deposits, then this is the section you want to give the most time to. We actually started at the north gate, at the Painted Desert, and ended up feeling a bit rushed by the time we finally got down to the Rainbow Forest, which I regret. When we go back (I've already decided it's a WHEN, not an IF!), we're going to focus on just the Rainbow Forest. You get a neat effect going north to south, because the petrified wood deposits get bigger and more voluminous as you go, climaxing in the Rainbow Forest, but if you do that make sure you give yourself a full day. By the time we got to the park and had lunch, we didn't actually get IN the park until noon. The Long Logs trail closed at 5:30, the museum closed at 5 or 6, and the park road closed at 7, and that sneaks up on you sooner that you expect.

If you're undecided about Petrified Forest, DO IT. It's not a scenically dramatic park like Grand Canyon, Zion, Yosemite, etc. What is most fascinating about Petrified Forest, and the Rainbow Forest in particular, is what you find there: endless fields of massive 225 million year old logs, dating back to the primordial swamps in which dinosaurs were just small newcomers. It's one of the most famous palaeontological sites in the WORLD, let alone the United States. If you're making your way out to Northern Arizona to see the Grand Canyon and Meteor Crater and all that, you owe it to yourself to see Petrified Forest too.
Written 21 September 2019
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marthaemi
Colorado165 contributions
Well Worth the Trip
Aug 2019
The Rainbow Forest was an add on to our road trip, and it turned out to be the best stop. The petrified tree logs are beyond amazing. I think everyone should visit this Park. We went in August, it was perfect weather and we literally had the park to ourselves. For $20.00, it was a great bargain!!
Written 26 August 2019
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Cynthia U
Dallas, TX747 contributions
Pretty amazing
Aug 2019
Incredible crystallization in these former trees. since i was last here in the 70s a lot more of the park has been developed.
Written 15 August 2019
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RP-Netherlands
Wemeldinge, The Netherlands1,144 contributions
petrified tree logs everywhere!
Jun 2019
One feels like a time traveller who's gone back to the dinosaur era. The tree logs are huge and there are so many. A beautiful site and a fascinating story about how there logs were preserved. A very interesting day out, well worth seeing.
Written 7 August 2019
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Steven C
192 contributions
Amazing Physical History
Jul 2019 • Couples
Glad we decided to stop here and see history as this land flourished with forest now petrified dotting the ground where they once stood.
Written 21 July 2019
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