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Address: 1 Park Rd, Petrified Forest National Park, AZ 86028-9997
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(928) 524-6228
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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This desert is famous for its striking bands of colors.

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We were traveling with a group of RV friends and didn't know what to expect. WOW, the scenery is spectacular. So glad that we stopped.

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Las Vegas, NV
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We were traveling with a group of RV friends and didn't know what to expect. WOW, the scenery is spectacular. So glad that we stopped.

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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Nature is an incredible thing and although we were told not to bother with the painted desert, it was something to behold. The sun was just going down and the colors really were magnified by the effect.

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Dallas, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The scenery is spectacular; there are short drives off of the main road and lots of overlooks. We were in awe no matter which direction we looked. Couldn't get enough pictures, which don't truly capture the beauty of this special, amazing landscape. This is a must-see experience.

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Joensuu, Finland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 154 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

A nature gives best of it. Very beautiful view's to the desert. Plenty of viewing and photo opportunies.

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We live about 45 minutes away so we end up going fairly frequently on our own and with guests. Keep in mind that this is still the high desert and temperatures can vary greatly between morning and night. Dress in layers and prepare for wind. Most of the park and the Petrified Forest can be mostly driven with plenty of... More 

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Florida
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

So incredibly beautiful. The colors are such a surprise. Please take the time to visit if you are anywhere near Arizona. I was going to grand canyon and decided to stop here, so glad I did!

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Simi Valley
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Just finished enjoying an 8 hour visit to the Petrified Forest/Painted Desert. We hit all of the major stopping points and walked every trail allowed. It made for a long, but breathtaking experience. We came in from the south end where it's primarily the petrified forest section, slowly making our way northward and concluding with the dramatic vistas of the... More 

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Matteson, Illinois
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The scenery is quite breathtaking with the way the sun plays on the peak and valleys of this desert. It truly is a painted desert. Loved the Newspaper Rocks which is a vast collection of petroglyphs. We almost missed them because we did not read the tablet that was at the site first. Truly some Kodak moments.

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Woodbridge, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautiful drive with amazing scenery. There were plenty of good viewing stops, but overall it is not exactly knock-your-socks-off. We preferred the Petrified Forest half of the park.

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 245 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Petrified Forest National Park is worth seeing, if only for the amazing views. Can be done as a day trip from Sedona.

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