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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  • Amazing! My recommendation would be to not limit your experience to viewing the Painted Desert from the various viewpoints in the area (Tawa Point, Tiponi Point, Kachina Point etc) The views from... 
    Amazing! My recommendation would be to not limit your experience to viewing the Painted Desert from the various viewpoints in the area (Tawa Point, Tiponi Point, Kachina Point etc) The views from...  more »
  • If you're on the road and you have the time...DO THIS. Easy drive through the park. About a 2 hour drive because it's slow and you stop to take in the views and a million pictures. If you're coming.....  more
    If you're on the road and you have the time...DO THIS. Easy drive through the park. About a 2 hour drive because it's slow and you stop to take in the views and a million pictures. If you're coming.....  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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