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Painted Desert

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Address: 1 Park Rd, Petrified Forest National Park, AZ 86028-9997
Phone Number: (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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Painted Badlands

We did a trip taking in different sights like White Sands and the Painted Desert. It is worth seeing these places for sure at least once. This is a water carved badlands area... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Calgary, Canada
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Calgary, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We did a trip taking in different sights like White Sands and the Painted Desert. It is worth seeing these places for sure at least once. This is a water carved badlands area that is colourful but somehow less than impressive in sort of a way. The features are quite low and I was expecting higher, almost like mountains. Not... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

I didn't realize the Painted Desert was even near the Petrified Forest National Park, until I stopped at a viewpoint just before I left the park. It is one of those sites that you really have to see in person it appreciate. So beautiful in a 180 degree view. I flew over it about a week later on a commercial... More 

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New Mexico
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Painted Desert adjoins the Petrified Forest to its south, with only one entrance fee needed. Both offer various stops along a driving tour, and at some stops there are trails as well. The Painted Desert has extraordinary visitas of vibrantly colored landscapes, while the Petrified Forest is full of ancient logs that have risen to the surface after millions... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Petrified wood and Blue mesa are must see view points, there are 12 view points inside the forest , Arround 27 miles we need to drive within the forest , entry fee $20 and its worth visting, ready for trial

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Salem, Oregon
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We fell in love with this place. The colors in the hills were pretty awesome. The native ruins and petroglyphs are interesting. The petrified trees are very interesting. Who would've thought that a forrest was once there where a dessert is now.

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Gainesville, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Been through here a couple times seem quite different depending on time of day and time of year. At all times it very impressive.

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Thank Bob D
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This park is huge - 28 miles of road to drive. There are many overlooks where you can view the incredible colored sand mountains. If you want to hike there are lots of trails where you can get up close. The park has a couple of information centers, one with a nice museum and the other offers food. Wonderful place... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This was the first stop in our visit to four national parks. We absolutely loved it. The views are just amazing. Definitely worth the visit.

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Littleton, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is an amazing portion of our wonderful country, America. It's an exceptional educational experience! Drive the full park from north to south and take the time to see the beauty that is here. The Painted Desert portion is the northern portion of two national parks. The southern portion is the Petrified Forest. (TripAdvisor will not allow me to do... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016 via mobile

It was just 'wow' as we approached the painted desert which opened up ahead of us while driving on the designated road. It is very beautiful. Not sure if I'd call it a desert, but the rock formations & the varied shades & colors are just beautiful. It is by the north entrance.

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