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We learned the Petrified Forest is part of a larger region called the Painted Desert. It is a national park with entrance fee of $20 per car. We had the lifetime unlimited pass so didn’t have to pay.
Takes a while to drive and visit...More
If you are anywhere within the area, make it a point to see this. It is incredible and breathtaking, and be sure to take your camera. And, you can drive through. There are several look-out points, and walking trails, also.
The range of vistas in the Petrified Forest National Park is incredible. We spent 6 hours travelling the 26 miles of the park due to stopping at every view point and walking almost every trail. Highly recommend the Blue Mesa, Crystal Forest and Agate House...More
We didn't think we'd make it to the Painted Desert on our recent trip out west but we were pleasantly surprised how well we could view it during our excursions through the national monuments north of Flagstaff. With the binoculars we could see the vivid...More
We spent a week in Flagstaff and were determined to see all the sights within a couple hours' drive. My recommendation is is you are seeing the Petrified Forest and the Grand Canyon in the same trip, go to the Petrified Forest National Park first,...More
I love to travel to National Parks. Of all the ones I have visited this one is easily the top. It is a beautiful landscape that I am thankful we have preserved. It is located easily off the interstate and allows for a drive-through with...More
It’s a nice drive and worth driving through. We were in a hurry and didn’t want to take the time to walk. The walks were all shorand would be a nice break after driving for hours. The petroglyphs are really no longer visible. Many people...More
I love our national parks and each one has its own story. From the pullouts to view the desert landscape, the petroglyphs, forest of petrified wood to the visitors center, a fantastic time is to be had at each place. On one side of the...More
This is adjacent to the interstate. I think this is a must stop. There is a fee to pay and then you can drive through both areas of this national park (petrified forest and painted desert). You can go out the back gate and this...More
Response from BnCrXplorerz | Reviewed this property |
Unfortunately, you will not be able to remain in the park after closing. If you are overnighting at a hotel or motel somewhere in the area, you can watch the sunset over the Painted Desert/Petrified Forest from along Route... More
Unfortunately, you will not be able to remain in the park after closing. If you are overnighting at a hotel or motel somewhere in the area, you can watch the sunset over the Painted Desert/Petrified Forest from along Route 77 between Indian Wells, AZ and Route 66/I-40 or along Route 66/I-40 which runs above a section of the park. You'll need to find a rest area or a scenic overlook, though, because I-40 is an interstate highway. Route 77 runs along the desert just outside of the Petrified Forest & Painted Desert parks.
Response from Solivagant1975 | Reviewed this property |
I drove from Oklahoma and stayed overnight in Texas, then continued my drive to Snowflake, AZ where I spent the night in order to get up early to see the petrified forest and painted desert. Continued to El Maipais National... More
I drove from Oklahoma and stayed overnight in Texas, then continued my drive to Snowflake, AZ where I spent the night in order to get up early to see the petrified forest and painted desert. Continued to El Maipais National Park (the arch and bluffs are not to be missed) and arrived in Albuquerque late afternoon. So yes, it is doable, but you may want to find a place to stay in Arizona as sunset is particularly lovely at the Painted Desert and a four and a half hour drive could be tiring after a long day. Enjoy! It’s spectacular!!