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Petrified Forest National Park Professional Review and Guide
"It is hard to imagine that 200 million years ago this arid desert landscape was covered by a thick forest of tall coniferous trees. The passing of eons has changed all of this remarkably. It is now a multicolored desert with petrified logs in an array of brilliant colors. The petrified trees are mostly lying on their sides rather than standing, and more often than not are broken into smaller fragments. Petrified Forest National Park is a land of exquisite and delicate beauty. Its two main features are the thousands of petrified logs that give it its name, as well as a large area of Arizona’s fantastic Painted Desert. Each is an unforgettable sight on its own. This eTrail explains in detail how to tour the park. In addition to a park map the details include driving tours, outdoor recreation, accommodations, campgrounds, dining, and more."
--Larry H. Ludmer, Great American Wilderness: Touring America's National Parks (Hunter Publishing).
Totally worth the trip! The park is beautiful and the sights are so humbling. The park rangers were really nice and the visitor centers were informative. Be sure to check out the rock shops. They have dinosaur bones that are really cool. Be sure to check out all of the petropglyphs
We spent five hours in the park. Worth seeing the introductory film at the vistor's center. Choose one of the trails, either Crystal or Long Log Trail (go to the Agate House if you do this one) for remarkable petrified logs. We never expected to see such a quantity of petrified logs. Colours are amazing. Take time for the Blue Mesa trail in the badlands. The ruins of the Puerco Pueblo village are interesting and you get to see amazing petroglyphs. By the time we reached the painted desert, we did not have time for hiking the trail but the visibility was incredible...the fierce wind too.
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