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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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“national park” (238 reviews)
“petrified forest” (466 reviews)
“grand canyon” (141 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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1 Park Rd, Petrified Forest National Park, AZ 86028-9997
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"national park"
in 238 reviews
"petrified forest"
in 466 reviews
"grand canyon"
in 141 reviews
"visitor center"
in 141 reviews
"beautiful scenery"
in 46 reviews
"blue mesa"
in 114 reviews
"south entrance"
in 79 reviews
"gift shop"
in 76 reviews
"scenic drive"
in 21 reviews
"take your time"
in 40 reviews
"natural beauty"
in 26 reviews
"long drive"
in 26 reviews
"mother nature"
in 22 reviews
"south end"
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"newspaper rock"
in 73 reviews
"mile road"
in 22 reviews
"take pictures"
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Seeing really is believing, apart from the Grand Canyon this was the other place on our American Road Trip that can't be done justice from photographs, TV or books. To see the vast expanse of the layered coloured rocks stretching to the horizon is spectacular....More

Thank Suzibeaton
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Reviewed 5 days ago

As the sunlight changes so do the colors in the painted desert. The views are fantastic. With every light change comes different hues. This would be a great place to take up painting.

Thank SlowPoke59
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Allow yourself some time here and enjoy the views. Be sure to check out the visitors center and get the history. Talk to a ranger and get the amazing details. Take a good camera and maybe a selfie stick for your phone pics. Don't forget...More

Thank brickie074
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Connected to the Petrified Forest National Park off I 40. One price for both. There is a loop drive with several view points. Get out and look. Such an unusual landscape with beautiful colors that change as the sun and clouds change. Stop at the...More

Thank nicolediane
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Driving around this magnificent Desert, one realizes that Mother Nature makes us humans look rather puny. The scenery, the logs, the desolation, all combine to make this a very memorable experience. Take the time to stop and gaze, I highly recommend the Route 66 stop,...More

1  Thank Paul G
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Only had 1.5 hours before closing and the ranger at the north entrance visitor center (Exit 311, I-40) suggested two spots to visit. One was about three miles out and displayed the reds and oranges of the desert, and one was about 15 miles out...More

1  Thank calmtnman
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Loved the colorful sediments exposed in this area. So beautiful when the lighting is right. You can see why artists have been so taken with the Painted Desert. We did the walk from Tawa point to the Painted Desert Inn. It was easy and very...More

Thank loonwatchers1993
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Driving about here affords one amazing visit after another. Good explanatory notes and illustrations at the viewpoints. I particularly liked one which traced the different eras one can see by looking at a cliff side.

1  Thank RonTSmithers_B_C_
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Perfect for those that are wanting a drive vs a hike. We stopped here while traveling from Flagstaff, AZ to Albuquerque, NM

1  Thank Laurie R
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We took the entire tour of the Painted Desert and Petrified Forest. There are many stops along the tour where you can get out and walk around Picture taking is amazing! We spent almost the whole day there. It was the best part of our...More

Thank bandie101
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billy f
12 March 2018|
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Response from BBCard1 | Reviewed this property |
$20 entry fee per car.
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Greg L
10 March 2018|
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Response from marypatro | Reviewed this property |
Absolutely!! That's how we did it. We drove through the Petrified forest then through the Painted Desert while it was close to sunset. Then we went back through as we were heading back to Phoenix during the day. Stop at all... More
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Erica S
17 September 2017|
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Response from marypatro | Reviewed this property |
Hi, Erica, During the winter months it may get a bit cool. The 40's-50s; however, the air is crisp and clean. We were there in August. It was warm and even a little humid. Go to the Petrified Forest weather page and... More
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