Petrified Forest National Park, AZ

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We tried to get a picture of the State Sign each border crossing.

Today was an easy one to talk about, because it involved only two things, driving and going to one place. So we were up pretty early because the hotel served a hot fresh full breakfast only until 9 a.m. The breakfast was a great change from what we had been used to having. Today, scrambled eggs, hash brown potatoes, sausages, juice and coffee. We ate slow and enjoyed it all.

Then it was on the road west again. Our destination today was the Petrified National Park. It’s one of those places that if you didn’t know in advance it was there you would drive right past it. And it starts just off of I-40 and you can’t see a thing. You drive into the welcome center, museum and gift shop and spend a little while just taking in the beautiful artifacts and sliced and polished pieces.

Entry to the Petrified Forest Natinal Park.

The you go through the entry gates and pay the minimal fee, or like me show your Golden Age Pass, and enter the park. It is pretty much a driving type of park. Several stopping points to see the amazing sites and then drive to the next one. And you are not allowed to pick up even one stone anywhere in the park. If fact, they have the option to inspect you and your vehicle when you leave.

The first sections you get to are north of I-40 and are the Painted Desert. Amazingly beautiful colors, not like the Grand Canyon or Bryce Canyon but beautiful in their own way.

South of I-40 still on the Park road you come into the Petrified Forest areas. They begin slowly but as you move along you get more and more spectacular views. The side roads are spectacular too.

In the Museum this was one of several polished petrified rocks.
Especially Blue Mesa Loop, about a six or seven mile loop that takes you through some great rock formations and close up views of petrified rocks. It also shows some great color changes in the levels.

At one point we were visited by two of the largest black Ravens you have ever seen. They were moochers. Asking any visitor if they could have something to eat. They showed no fear of cars or people. As we moved along they would fly along side and land and come right to the side of the car. At one point we were the only visitors in the area, and they stayed with us for about ten minutes, begging and making their "Caw, caw" noise. But of course when I decided I wanted to shoot their landings or flying they found someone else to mooch from. We did get a few shots of them.

The farther south you go the more you see the petrified logs laying all over the landscape. We found that this was a very worthwhile National Park to visit.

coles says:
Have to add another place on the To Visit list..
Posted on: Jul 28, 2010
alyssa_ob says:
Its almost hard to picture a forest here in what is now a desert! A very beautiful park worth driving through!
Posted on: Jul 17, 2008
mistyleatherneck says:
I have been to Petrified Forest, Painted Desert and all of those beautiful sights to see in NM and AZ with my Ex. I have a lot of pictures, but I am not sure if I will post them.
Posted on: Jun 10, 2008
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We tried to get a picture of the S…
We tried to get a picture of the …
Entry to the Petrified Forest Nati…
Entry to the Petrified Forest Nat…
In the Museum this was one of seve…
In the Museum this was one of sev…
Another example
Another example
Three more examples of petrified r…
Three more examples of petrified …
The painted desert.
The painted desert.
The painted desert.
The painted desert.
The painted desert.
The painted desert.
The painted desert.
The painted desert.
The painted desert.
The painted desert.
We caught two jack rabbits playing…
We caught two jack rabbits playin…
The painted desert.
The painted desert.
The painted desert.
The painted desert.
The painted desert.
The painted desert.
The painted desert.
The painted desert.
The painted desert.
The painted desert.
One of the signs at an overlook.
One of the signs at an overlook.
At Newspaper Rock they explained t…
At Newspaper Rock they explained …
Zoomed in it was easy to see them.
Zoomed in it was easy to see them.
More of the petroglyphs.
More of the petroglyphs.
Zoomed out the huge boulders they …
Zoomed out the huge boulders they…
South of I-40 the landscape change…
South of I-40 the landscape chang…
On the Blue Mesa loop there were s…
On the Blue Mesa loop there were …
More great rock formations.
More great rock formations.
And more petrified rock.
And more petrified rock.
I found this one particularly pret…
I found this one particularly pre…
This was the only flower we saw du…
This was the only flower we saw d…
Much more petrified rock
Much more petrified rock
Another one up close.
Another one up close.
And beautiful colors.
And beautiful colors.
Some nearly complete logs could be…
Some nearly complete logs could b…
And some amazingly beautiful color…
And some amazingly beautiful colo…
Another close piece.
Another close piece.
An unusual site was a tree that ha…
An unusual site was a tree that h…
They have supported it with concre…
They have supported it with concr…
Full trees uncovered.
Full trees uncovered.
Many of them.
Many of them.
This is the major mooch that came …
This is the major mooch that came…
His partner was a little smaller, …
His partner was a little smaller,…
But they showed off their habitat …
But they showed off their habitat…
Sometimes taking center stage. :)
Sometimes taking center stage. :)
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