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“Beautiful Old Dead Wood”
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Black Forest
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Owner description: Forest of darkly-colored petrified wood.
Reviewed 27 June 2013

We toured the Petrified Forest in Arizona the same trip we made to the Grand Canyon in 2005 This park was simply breath taking. The colors, the size, and the abundance of petrified wood laying on the grounds of what use to be a forest turned desert. There was no charge, you could not pick up any of the petrified wood. So I took pictures and more pictures. You could see pictographs on the huge rocks left there by the Native Americans. There was on there titled the newspaper, it had a lot of pictographs on it. It was very educational. Within the Forest was also what they called the painted desert. The different colors of sand was amazing. At the end of the road, there was a ranger station where you could see the history of the Forest. You could also buy a piece of the petrified wood there. It is a little expensive to buy, but you couldn't pick it up off the ground for yourself. Hmmm.

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Reviewed 1 November 2012

The Black Forest is near the north end of the Petrified Forest National Park. There are restrooms, a restaurant, and a large visitors center near by. This was our last stop through the park, so we were a little tired, but still enjoyed the views.

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Reviewed 18 July 2011

A lovely drive through and stop. The visitor centre and walk was great. A very interesting park. Overall a very good and worthwile place to visit

Thank jim_bayfield
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Reviewed 1 January 2011

I saw several reviews complaining that it's not really a "forest" as the name indicates. That's apparently due to the tourists taking away a piece of petrified rock as souvenir when they visit. Supposedly, 1 ton of petrified wood goes missing every month. The photos I saw of the old petrified forest looks accurate to me.

We were very pleased with our visit to the petrified forest. There were a lot of different landscapes and the petrified wood also looked different along the trail; they got more and more colorful as we drove near the south of the trail. In the museum, there was a chart of all the petrified wood across the united states, and I would say these ones in Arizona were by far the most beautiful and colorful one. It's one of those things that become cooler the more you learn about it.

Thank tracyx
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Reviewed 5 December 2010

We traveled from the Grand Canyon (out of our way) to visit the Petrified Forest. On our way into the Park from the south we came across many shops with all sizes of petrified wood for sale. This seemed to cheapen and lessen the park experience. As we entered the park, we immediately saw the petrified logs. They were beautiful in color and their story is amazing. At that point we could have turned and left but instead we drove through the park. This was dissapointing for us as we expected to see a "forest" of petrified trees. Not standing but trees non the less. What we saw was a piece of a tree here and there and the rest of the landscape was barren. The northern entrance was beautiful as it lies in the Painted Desert. The scenery here is absolutely beautiful and breathtaking. The Painted Desert is worth the trip, however the Petrified Forest will either put the kids to sleep or have them complaining for hours.

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