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Painted Desert

1 Park Rd, Petrified Forest National Park, AZ 86028-9997
(928) 524-6228
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This desert is famous for its striking bands of colors.
  • Excellent68%
  • Very good25%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“petrified forest” (462 reviews)
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
1 Park Rd, Petrified Forest National Park, AZ 86028-9997
(928) 524-6228
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Stopped here on our trip to SEDONA and decided to go though as a little break in our drive and we are so glad we did! Absolutely gorgeous! It is SO vast and stunning you can’t really capture it in photos.

Thank Sandantics
Reviewed 1 week ago

This part of the park reminded me a lot of Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota where we walked painted canyon trail. We got into this park from Holbrook in the morning, it was sunny, the colors were beautiful. Not a lot people in...More

Thank LisaMNUSA
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited Petrified Forest National Park. The colors and view of the section of the park called the Painted Desert are totally awesome to see. There are several viewpoints to see along the road. There is also hiking trails and a visitor center. There is...More

Thank mini
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We drove the entire road through the Petrified Forest National Park, and the Painted Desert section is the best part of the park. There are several overlooks and stopping points along the route. One of the best ones to stop is Tawa Point. At this...More

1  Thank Rick C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Take the time to at least drive to all the lookout points. There are many short hikes you can take from the drive. Well worth a visit.

Thank Scooter210
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The painted desert is so beautiful. So much color and beauty in one place. The desert landscape is magnificent. This is one of m favorite National parks. There were plenty of viewpoint or lookouts. Each had a great view. You will have plenty of opportunities...More

Thank Chucknteojamul
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is actually 3 parks for the price of one! You can drive through in an hour or two or take some time to contemplate the scenery, embrace the ancient inhabitants and their culture and walk through the ancient rainforest...which is today, petrified. Crystal Forest...More

Thank altaman55
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

On the way to Sedona from Chinle and the Canyon de Chelly, we decided to drive through the Painted Desert and Petrified Forest. We came down 191 to I-40 and entered the park from the north and drove the length of the Petrified Forest Road....More

1  Thank Steve F
Reviewed 10 November 2017 via mobile

We drove our 32 ft rv through the 2 parks. Easy access driving and able to stop andview everything. Both parks were fdantastic and did see many mountain goats and prairie dogs.

Thank Alain C
Reviewed 31 October 2017 via mobile

Just off route 40 the north entrance is inviting. Visitor Center has a theater and souvenirs to purchase. Good place to stretch the legs after along drive. Very Cool pieces of petrified wood. Diagrams and info on how petrified wood is formed. Restrooms available outside.

Thank Jeppy405
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Erica S
17 September 2017|
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Response from saykenny | Reviewed this property |
A little cool
13 April 2017|
Response from 50Places | Reviewed this property |
Yes, that's possible. The route is only about 28 miles long, which is about a half-hour drive. But you would want to stop and get out to take photos, or go on short hikes to see things close up. And there are some short side... More
12 April 2017|
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Response from wilderspin | Reviewed this property |
Its 27 miles and there are lots of stopping points, so depends how slow you drive (to enjoy the scenery) and how often you stop :-) Reckon if you didn't stop about 45 -60 mins at a slow enough speed to look, plus any... More