A walk through the trees.
Petrified Forest National Park Travel Blog› entry 7 of 14 › view all entries
August 16th, 2007 – by: CrazyLisa
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.
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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