Kaleidoscopic petrified wood, crystal canyons, rugged badlands, Native American petroglyphs & ruins and sweeping Painted Desert views make a visit to Petrified Forest National Park a timeless and colorful experience 225 million years in the making
The Giant Logs Trail of the rainbow forest offers a first glimpse at the park's namesake wood through a 1/2 mile loop.
A reconstructed Ancestral Puebloan home thought to be occupied between 1050 and 1300. The pueblo can be accessed via a 2 mile round-trip hike.
Long Logs Trail
Along the same trail as the Agate House, Long Logs Trail preserves some of the largest and most concentrated portions of petrified wood in the park.
A sea of rugged geologic badlands
Petrified wood enshrined with quartz crystal along a 3/4 mile trail
Mudstone mesas rising from the grasslands
Colorful badlands filled with petrified wood deposits
Blue bentonite clay formations rising from the flats can be explored from a 3 mile drive with several overlooks
An up-close and personal look at the mudstone bentonite clay formations of Blue Mesa through a one mile hike
A 100 room Ancestral Puebloan village located near the Puerco River. Occupied during the 1300's by nearly 200 people, petroglyphs can be seen on surrounding boulders.
More than 600 petroglyphs cover this rock created by Ancestral Puebloans 650 to 2,000 years ago.
The only survivng stretch of the Mother Road on National Park land is preserved here. The Petrified Forest was an iconic stop for those traveling between Chicago and Los Angeles.
My favorite vista of the Painted Desert is best viewed after a rain when the wet soil allows colors to glisten
Breathtaking views of the Painted Desert Wilderness
Spectacular overlook of the Painted Desert
Painted Desert Inn
This National Historic Landmark in the Pueblo Revival architectural style was designed by Lyle E. Bennett and Mary Jane Colter. It is now a museum featuring artists-in-residence as well as Route 66 and the Civilian Conservation Corps history.