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  • Hours: Open year round. Hours vary depending on season.
  • Admission: $10 per vehicle or $5 per person for a seven day pass

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Painted Desert & Petrified Forest

If you want to see some of the coolest sites that nature has to offer, than few destinations are better than Arizona's own Petrified Forest National Park. The park is divided into two areas along a north-south corridor. 

The northern half of the park is home to the famous Painted Desert, an 146 square mile (235 square meter) area of badlands. Composed of stratified layers of easily erodible siltstone, mudstone, and shale, these desert stones gain their varied pigmentation from the iron and magnesium compounds found within the rock layers. The site makes for an absolutely breathtaking expanse of colorful desert landscape.

"The southern half of the park is home to some of the world's largest and most colorful concentrations of petrified wood. The major concentrations have been given various forest names such as "Black Forest," "Rainbow Forest," and "Crystal Forest." No matter which sites you go see, the park is full of unbelievable natural wonders that are sure to astound you with their scenic beauty.

Practical Info

The Petrified Forest National Park is located about 2 hours east of Flagstaff.

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Grand Canyon South Rim Day Trip from Sedona

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 72 Reviews

You get to choose how you see the Grand Canyon South Rim on this breathtaking tour from Sedona. Perhaps you'd like to see the IMAX movie, maybe enjoy a bird's ...  Read more

Location: Sedona, Arizona
Duration: 11 hours (approx.)

From USD $157.46

Ultimate Grand Canyon Day Trip from Flagstaff or Sedona

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 18 Reviews

This Grand Canyon day trip from Flagstaff or Sedona blends ancient ruins, lava fields, majestic volcanoes and amazing views throughout Grand Canyon National ...  Read more

Location: Flagstaff or Sedona, Arizona
Duration: 11 hours (approx.)

From USD $139.99

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