Painted Desert, Petrified Forest National Park

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Like a striking canvas, the Painted Desert builds layer upon layer of color on hills made of siltstone, mudstone, and shale. The resulting view highlights the region's name, alternating oranges, white, reds, and pinks. This badlands area was formed of volcanic rock and limestone revealed by erosion over the years. Drive through the region along a paved road that stretches over plateaus on Navajo land with many lookout points. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Painted Desert by using our Petrified Forest National Park online vacation planner.
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  • This may not be in the top tier of National Parks, but it is certainly worth a visit. Easy access off of I40. If you are westbound on I40, you can make a loop from the Park Headquarters Exit and...  more »
  • Located within the Petrified Forest National Park, the Painted Desert has some of the most colorful and breathtaking views of any desert in the world. Paved road with many paved pull-offs and...  more »
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  • The most beautiful place I've ever seen it was worth the trip
  • A MUST SEE! Drive the entire park road and stop at every pull off. The scenery changes at every one, and all the park employees are amazing.
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