Painted Desert, Petrified Forest National Park

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Like a striking canvas, the Painted Desert builds layer upon layer of color on hills made of siltstone, mudstone, and shale. The resulting view highlights the region's name, alternating oranges, white, reds, and pinks. This badlands area was formed of volcanic rock and limestone revealed by erosion over the years. Drive through the region along a paved road that stretches over plateaus on Navajo land with many lookout points. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Painted Desert by using our Petrified Forest National Park online vacation planner.
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  • Painted Desert gets short end of the stick sometimes being kind of out shown by the Petrified Forest's glory but the two make a wonderful pair together. So beautiful the colors and views of nature...  more »
  • You can the park from the south from Holbrook or from the north via I-40. If you are headed east on I-40 exit to Holbrook so that you don't have to back track. If headed west on I-40 then you can go.....  more »
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  • The most beautiful place I've ever seen it was worth the trip
  • A MUST SEE! Drive the entire park road and stop at every pull off. The scenery changes at every one, and all the park employees are amazing.

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