A walk through the trees.

Petrified Forest National Park Travel Blog

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A petrified log
Our motel supplied the breakfast (cheerios,toast and orange juice) and the super helpful lady at the counter gave us superb directions and helpful hints. We were soon on our way to check out the Petrified Forest.
Basically, the trees were left at the bottom of river bed millions of years ago. The soot and silt and water and time made crystals grew in the trees leaving the wood turned to rock.
We paid the admission and drove in. The first stop was at the giant log trail. Theres a tiny shop and and area explaining the trees and then a shot .8 mile hike around the giant logs. I bought a little booklet (donations requested was 50 cents or you could borrow and return for free) and we walked around checking them out.

We hopped back into the car and drove on.
We reached the Badlands that looked just incredible. Then moved onwards. The lovely lady at the Super 8 motel told us that we must stop at Blue Mesa. So we took her advice and we were glad we did. The Blue Mesa is an area to stop and take pictures at. Its looking down at a river bed. The ground looks like soft dips and hills. The covering is this gorgeous blueish purpleish color. Its simply beautiful. We took a bunch of pictures and then continued onwards again.

The next stop was Newspaper Rock. This is an area where native americans had drawn on this rock. There is a viewpoint so that you don't go down traisping around. Telescopes are provided and you can findthe drawings. They are very interesting. The niece stayed in the car for this and missed out. She only got to see the pictures.

We stopped along the way and took more pictures and then headed out to the Painted Desert. The highway continues directly through it before you can get onto the freeway. There were many turnouts so we stopped at a few and took more pictures. The visitor center at the end before the freeway is a good place to stop and get refreshed. We bought some sourveniers at the gift shop and then were on our way again.
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A petrified log
A petrified log
logs in the distance
logs in the distance
The Badlands
The Badlands
BLUE MESA
BLUE MESA
Blue Mesa
Blue Mesa
Blue Mesa
Blue Mesa
Nana on the Giant Log Trail
Nana on the Giant Log Trail
Some Giant Logs
Some Giant Logs
a petrified log
a petrified log
Nana hiding in a cave on the trail
Nana hiding in a cave on the trail
Nana on a log
Nana on a log
BLUE MESA
BLUE MESA
Newspaper Rock
Newspaper Rock
Painted Desert
Painted Desert
Painted Desert
Painted Desert
Painted Desert
Painted Desert
Painted Desert
Painted Desert
Painted Desert
Painted Desert
Painted Desert
Painted Desert
Painted Desert
Painted Desert
Blue Mesa
Blue Mesa
Blue Mesa
Blue Mesa
Blue Mesa
Blue Mesa
Blue Mesa
Blue Mesa
Blue Mesa
Blue Mesa
Blue Mesa
Blue Mesa
Blue Mesa
Blue Mesa
Blue Mesa
Blue Mesa
Newspaper Rock
Newspaper Rock
Petrified Forest National Park
photo by: bluemarbletreader