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Address: Petrified Forest National Park, AZ
Phone Number: +1 928-524-3138

An area in the south side of the Petrified Forest National Park.

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On a cold, windy day it was a great driving and photo experience. Make sure to go to the visitor Center/museum first. The context is essential here.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Olympia, Washington
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Olympia, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

On a cold, windy day it was a great driving and photo experience. Make sure to go to the visitor Center/museum first. The context is essential here.

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Essex, England
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

The Painted Desert/Petrified Forest is a photographer's dream - so many miles of scenic driving and several amazing places to not only snap but to experience. Who would ever think rock could be so interesting?

Thank pd7
Columbia, South Carolina
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016

Sadly the bits of petrified wood had been so abused before it was saved it was almost like it was too little too late.

Thank sara55521
Poole, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016 via mobile

Combined this with Painted desert . A pleasant drive with stops for photos. Saw some wildlife as we drove through.

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The Colony
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016

It's just astonishing what happened to this forest...and to think it was originally located 4 degrees north of the equator (millions of years ago, when Pangea was still intact). The "wood" looks in many cases like it could still burn if ignited. We wouldn't have missed this for the world.

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Greater Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016

nother great part of the park and worth the short walk. The scenery is great and the petrified loogs always an interest

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Amarillo, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016 via mobile

If you like rocks and fossils, this is the place. Nice museum, and short trail among the petrified conifers. Take your camera.

Thank TxWaccamaw
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016

We arrived at the Visitor Center by Interstate 40 and were helped by a couple of friendly, young park rangers. Besides receiving the map of the park we bought a self touring CD guide which really enhanced the experience with its audio commentary as we drove along. Our first stop at one of the Painted Desert views was incredible with... More 

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

This was my third visit here and I really enjoyed it. The rainbow forest contains many pieces of petrified wood laid out on the desert floor. It's forbidden to touch (and very much forbidden to try to take some home) but you can photograph as much as you like. There is a visitor centre nearby with restrooms and some information... More 

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Irving, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

This park is one of the most under rated parks. There is plenty to see and do and it is perfect for just a couple of hours or an all day event. We did it as a side trip for about two hours and made it a lunch stop. There are great photo opportunities every where and we learned a... More 

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