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Petrified Forest-Shadows of a Long Time Past!

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A February 2003 trip to Petrified Forest National Park by Taylor252

Puerco Pueblo Photo, Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona More Photos
Quote: When I was a small child, my mother showed me a piece of petrified wood she had. Ever since then, I have wanted to see the Petrified Forest for myself!

Petrified Forest National Park

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Attraction | "Petrified Forest--The Logs of Rock"

Petrified Forest National Park Photo, Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona
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To visit Petrified Forest National Park, you start and one end and drive through to the other. Along the way there will be sign posts for interesting places to get out and look around. There are several areas along the 28 mile drive that are devoted to seeing petrified logs. Starting from the south as we did, the first opportunity to see petrified logs is a place called "Giant Logs" Guess what you see here? At this site will be the Rainbow Forest Museum which has a dinosaur on display as well as other displays about the park. There is also a bathroom at the facility! However, the star of the museum in out back. You are given a self guided tour brochure and shown the paved trail. It is about .4 ...Read More

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Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona 86028
(928) 524-6228

Puerco Pueblo

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Attraction | "History and Archeology in the Park"

Puerco Pueblo Photo, Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona
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The largest Pueblo ruin in the part is Puerco Pueblo. It is a very short circuit to walk around on a paved walkway and there are plaques occasionally to explain what you're seeing. Also, if you check the self guided tour you get when you enter the park, you’ll find that a park ranger is there at specific times to do a guided tour. We were lucky enough to catch that. He spoke about how these people survived out here. It really looks desolate. Even though the Puerco River was close by, there was absolutely no water anywhere that I could see. So I mentioned that to the ranger and he said the area was experiencing a drought and that this area was grasslands in the first millennium A.D. He went on to say i...Read More

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Puerco Pueblo

Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona

Painted Desert

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Attraction | "Painted Desert-The Geology of Petrified Forest"

Painted Desert Photo, Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona
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North of the Petrified Forest but included in the protection of the National Park is the area known as the Painted Desert. As the name implies, it is very dry (a desert) and the painting comes from iron and other minerals that colored the ancient layers that form this land. Most of the reddish and yellowish colors are caused by iron oxide minerals. (See pictures below for views of the banded hills and desert.) The scientific name for most of the land we saw is the Chinle Formation. In geological terms this formation isn't very old --180 to 200 million years. For example, it is the same age as the highest and newest layers of the Grand Canyon. It was laid down as sediment in a watery tropical environme...Read More

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Painted Desert

Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona

Park Sign... Photo, Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona
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From Flagstaff we went east on I-40 to exit 285. A short drive on Rt. 180 brought us to the south entrance of the Petrified Forest. Right up front, I will recommend that you use this entrance rather than the one further east off I-40. I believe this entrance is considered sort of backwards for going through the park. Most of the brochures etc start from the other end. However, it really makes no difference whether you see Giant Logs first, or the Painted Desert -- but you might have better traffic starting from the south! Using this entrance also takes you past private rock shops where you can obtain significantly less expensive petrified wood souvenirs. The products sold in these shops come from...Read More

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Attraction | "Petroglyphs!"

Petrified Forest National Park Photo, Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona
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When I saw the word "petroglyph" connected to the Petrified Forest, during my research prior to our trip, it assured a high priority for this National Forest. I knew that Utah is peppered with this phenomenon, but I had no idea they were also in Arizona! Since we entered the park through the south gate, I had to wait a bit to get a first look at these ancient drawings. It is the ninth of 18 stops along the way coming from that direction and the stop is called Newspaper Rock. Prior to the time of our visit, you could walk down and see the drawings up close. Now, thanks to the depredations of stupid and/or uncaring people, you stand on a platform and look down at the rock. (There is a telescope for clos...Read More

Petrified Forest National Park

Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona 86028
(928) 524-6228

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Taylor252

Taylor252
St. Louis, Missouri

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