Painted Desert Visitor Center

Painted Desert Visitor Center

Painted Desert Visitor Center
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Scenic01047094064
Riverview, FL15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
The gift shop is amazing! We purchased a beautiful Zuni tribe bracelet there. A lot of jewelry, nicnacks, coffee cups, and more. If you're going to purchase gifts, look at the prices in the visitor center and then compare them to the gift shop. We found the puzzles to be cheaper at the gift store.
Written 9 March 2024
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Bethany Jones
Sioux City, IA44 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
The visitors center was really neat! We stopped and got a walk through from the gal on where to drive and what to visit. Grabbed our map. Stopped at the gift shop and found a couple of neat items. My girls each got a dreamcatcher keychain, I picked up two shot glasses for my dad who collects them. Total was $34.76.
Written 9 July 2023
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1witchy1
Woodstock, VA131 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
Nice place to stop when visiting the painted desert. Nice gift shop and they also have a penny press!
Written 21 October 2022
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RetiredBeachers29526
Conway, SC591 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
We stopped at the visitor center and were very impressed by all the information that was there regarding the Painted Desert. There were park rangers available to answer questions and all in all, it was well worth the visit.
Written 15 August 2022
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bookworm8
Memphis, TN265 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
This visitor center looks relatively new with work still in progress. There is a small cafe. I enjoyed a Navajo taco on fry bread. The gift shop is nice too. This is a good place to stop for food, snacks, or rest room breaks. The Painted Desert overlooks are near and the nearby Painted Desert Museum (Harvey house) is lovely. If you don't have time for the entire drive through the Petrified Forest, this end with the Painted Desert is a must.
Written 2 April 2022
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AndyB5542
Minneapolis, MN3,805 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022 • Couples
This visitor center had some construction going on. They had a park gift shop, cafe, and larger gift shop. There are a few picnic tables.

There was a demonstration next to the ranger station. We were able to talk to a paleontologist who was working on some fossilized bones.
Written 4 February 2022
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Grover R
Pensacola, FL18,101 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021
Petrified Forest is unique in that the entire park closes at 5:00 in the winter so every day starts anew little a store and the best place to get information on the park for that day is the VC. In addition to the VC, there is store and restaurant with restrooms.

We stopped here to begin our visit to learn the best overlooks to visit for that day. Also PFNP is one of the few parks that allows you to simply walk anywhere going off trail. The rangers were great and they provide a guide for hike on the Blue Forest Trail to Blue Mesa.

Finally, when we visited in November, there is a large tree in the courtyard that was beginning to turn a brilliant yellow. All in all a good stop to plan your visit.
Written 29 November 2021
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Ryan P
Huntington Beach, CA140 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
This is a great spot to stop and get a guide map and directions. Also, if you have a dog, you can pick up a Bark Ranger certificate and some dog treats! They also have a gas station on site!
Written 30 August 2021
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Bill K
Mantorville, MN6,380 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
This is a great place to get off your feet, rehydrate, and get a bite to eat.

The rangers here are so very helpful (like almost every visitor center in the system).

There is a gas station here as well. Not a bad idea to fill as the rest of the park is very remote.
Written 10 August 2021
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Kaye N
Provo, UT2,167 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
I love it when knowledgeable people can answer questions and give help. This was the case at this visitor center. Friendly, helpful people! We loved this area!
Written 5 July 2021
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