Start in the North First for Solitude and Adventure

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by Chris & Carinne on August 13, 2009

Pulling over at every stop and walking every mile of maintained trail provided a pretty complete experience of the park in just 2.5 hours. Certainly, ONE of the petrified forest trails is a must, and the Blue Mesa trail was cool, but the day didn't start for me until I entered the Wilderness Area in the northern part of the park, which has all the features of the rest but with absolute solitude and the challenge of finding those features without a trail. If only I had gotten here earlier, I might have spent more time in a cooler Painted Desert.

Five hours allowed me to do absolutely everything in the park. Use the same amount of time to start in the north, find the Onyx Tower in the Painted Desert, and then be selective on your drive south.
Petrified Forest National Park

Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona, 86028
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