Built in 1892 by the Atlantic and Pacific Railroad of red sandstone, the depot was used by the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway to transport passengers from and to the Grand Canyon, but sadly services stopped in 1971. The frieght rooms additions were added in 1912-1917 as traffic increased. These structures are of concrete and stucco, not...more
The park is just located right outside the Holbrook. You can enter the park from only two entrances. North entrance: from I-40 Exit 311 and the other is the south entrance off US 180.Here is a timeline:Captain Lorenzo Sitgreaves was the first to document finding petrified wood in this region. 1853: Lieutenant Amiel Whipple, during a...more
I saw a billboard on the way to the Petrified Forest National Park and it was advertising a fossilized Alligator called Wild Bill so I wanted to see this roadside wonder. I was not disappointed because it is real and free. Wild Bill, named after a friend of Gray family, Wild Bill is a fossilized Alligator approximately 2.9 millions years old and...more
Located right on the corner of Navajo Blvd and US 180 is a neat little rock shop with these huge concrete dinosaurs who have graced this corner for over 20 years. It a great place to just stop and take some unique photo's. If you look around the building, you can see all type of rocks, petrified wood & Geodes available for sale. Also, they have a...more
Wigwam Motel started in the 1950's by Chester E. Lewis and is still owned and operated by the Lewis family. This site is listed on National Register of Historic Places on May 2, 2002. It became very popular during its heyday of the Route 66 days. As a kid, I would sigh everytime we passed by this wonderful piece of Americana. It was fun to see it...more
You can see this park in a minimum of two hours, although more time would be nice. The tree stumps are so numerous, colorful and just about everywhere there is a parking area. You can take a short hike and wander through the areas, each one having a different kind of petrification.The first part of the park is dedicated to the Painted Desert. There...more
The Navajo County Museum also houses several historical displays including: Pioneer items; a military room; the pony express; a school room; and a display about the town's saloons (the bucket of blood saloon was named after a gunfight where two Mexicans were killed).more
Holbrook is a town of over 5000 located along Interstate 40 in Northwest Arizona. Holbrook is the county seat of Navajo County. Holbrook was established in the early 1880s and was named after the first chief engineer of the Atlantic and Pacific Railroad.The new county courthouse is located on the outskirts of town. The old courthouse is located in...more
The whole Painted Desert actually covers almost 95,000 acres from the Grand Canyon to the part you see in the Petrified Forest National Park. The area was formed by the Chinle Formation, a very soft layer of earth consisting mainly of mud, sandstone, and volcanic ash. The softness of the soil allows for fantastic erosion effects as well as colorful...more
The Petrified Forest National Park was established in 1906. The park has one of the world's largest and most colorful concentrations of petrified wood, the colorful painted desert, historic structures, archeological sites, and 225 million year old fossils. It is open from 7 AM to 7 PM during the summer and from 8 AM to 5 PM in the winter. The...more
About 50,000 years ago a meteor estimated to be about 150 feet in diameter slammed into the earth about 20 miles west of modern day Winslow, Arizona. The depression is about 0.75 miles in diameter and 550 feet deep. It is one of the better examples of a meteor crater on the planet; but the area is privately owned, and the entry charge ($10 per...more
A must see place along the park road is the Painted Desert Inn, nearby Kachina Point. This former road inn - dating back to 1920 - along Route 66 has been restored and is open for visitors.Painted Desert Inn is situated on the rim overlooking the Painted Desert and was built of petrified wood and other native stone. After the restoration it fits...more
Painted Desert in the northern part of Petrified Forest National Park is part of a much bigger desert, which stretches from Interstate 40 in a northwest direction all the way to Lake Powell and Tuba City. This landscape of badlands, hills, mesas and buttes is arid land, sparsely vegetated and heavily eroded. But we had never seen a desert with so...more
The Tepees area is another nice area in Petrified Forest National Park. These cone-shaped clay hills are named after the Indian ‘wigwams’ (although you must have some imagination) and do have remarkable banded colors. These layers are caused by different kinds of minerals: the cap of the tepees is just clay, white layers are sandstone and reds are...more
The Blue Mesa area is located more or less in the east central section of Petrified Nat. Park and is also the link between the areas with petrified wood and the Painted Desert. Driving the three-mile loop road clockwise we still saw some petrified logs, obviously fallen down from one of the sculpted hills. From the viewing points on the other...more
Our second stop along the park road (just three miles from rainbow Forest Museum) was at the car park of Crystal Forest. This area is well-known for the huge number of petrified logs with exquisitely colors. Walking from the car park to the nearby Crystal Forest view point we already saw some examples with amethyst and quartz crystals.The trail -...more
Rainbow Forest was our first stop along the park road and immediately after leaving the car we were ‘surrounded’ by pieces of petrified wood. But we started our visit in the Rainbow Forest Museum, which has exhibits about the history of the area, petrified wood and fossils. The museum is showing every half hour an orientation movie, ‘Timeless...more
The landscape of Petrified Forest NP was 225 million (!!!) years ago a vast plain crossed by streams and covered with forests of conifer trees. Trees fell and were swept away into floodplains. Volcanic ash and mud buried the trees. The sediment cut off oxygen; silica-laden water seeped in the logs and they became petrified over millions of years....more
Just amazing, in Greece there is one with only 2 trees but here as far as you can see tree trunks and bit and pieces laying around. It is one of the most amazing things we've ever seen.Just spend the day there driving around and at the end enjoy the Painted Dessert. Don't forget to look at the rockpaintings at Newspaper Rock.more
The Petrified Forest is about 30 miles down Interstate 40 from Holbrook. This National Park features petrified trees at the southern end, the middle has native American historical artifacts, and the north end of the park offers great views of the Painted Desert. Entrance is $20 per vehicle for a one-week period, and the park is just 28 miles long,...more
Prior to the establishment of the interstate system, Route 66 ran from Santa Monica, California to Chicago, Illinois. After WWII, when Eisenhower saw the value of Germany's autobahn, he pushed for similar multi lane, divided highways in the US.Route 66 ran down what is now Navajo Blvd in Holbrook, AZ. The street here is lined with signed embedded...more
I'd read mixed reviews on this - people complaining of lack of trees!Well - they may look like trees but they're actually lumps of rock and they are pretty amazing. Visit the park museum and listen to the rangers or read the material to find out what it's all about.I'm certainly glad I went.more
An average hotel with free wifi, plenty of parking, and within walking distance of a few of...more
we arrived very early but we allready could check in. toll free 1-877-280-7300more
We arrived here around 7PM to see the sun setting. It was beautiful. All of the old cars added to...more
There is not much choice for restaurants in Holbrook. We had read some rather good reviews and also the lady from the reception in our motel recommended it, so we decided to have dinner in Mesa Restaurante Italiana. During our visit - early in the evening - it was rather busy and we were happy to get a table. Location: Mesa Italiana is located more...more
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We stopped in here because I wanted to see Wild Bill. What a huge shop. At first I didin't quite understand why some companies can harvest the petrified wood since it is against the law to take anything from the national park. As it turns out, Jim Gray Company owns mineral rights to many areas outside of the park and are licensed to sell. They make all kinds of things out of the beautiful wood. The furniture is spectacular. The jewelry is beautiful and stunning. It is amazing the various colors of the wood produces. You just have to walk thru the whole store to see all the things they sell. I will say, it made me nervous having my autistic son with me because he wanted to touch everything, so he had to stand by my side the whole time.
This store has some real retro cars in front of it too, just like the Wigwam Hotel in honor of the Old Route 66 Days.
Ganado is about halfway between Petrified Forest National Park and Chinle (our next that day) and having some spare time we decided to visit the Hubbell Trading Post just outside this Navajo village.
When entering the homestead it is just like stepping back in time (just these modern cars should get another car park). The main building with its long stone walls looks exactly as in the past (saw some old pictures) and I think the old wooden floor of the shop (or bullpen as it is called) creaks as much as it did in the older days when Navajos were negotiating with one of the Hubbell family. Even nowadays this trading post is still active and trading traditions are maintained by the Western National Parks Association.
In the middle of the ‘bullpen’ stands an ‘old fashioned’ stove, which is surrounded by massive counters and shelves filled with coffee, flour, sugar, candy, blankets, tobacco, calico, pocket knives, energy drinks, canned goods and much more. Hardware, harnesses and baskets are hanging from the ceiling.
On the right hand side is a small room with wonderful Navajo rugs, pottery and (silver) jewelry: a special place for buying an original Navajo souvenir.
We walked around the grounds of the homestead and saw some of the old buildings, like barns, the bunkhouse, a guest ‘hogan’, but also historic farm equipment and even a Civil War ambulance wagon.
Strolling around we met a Dutch woman, who started working as a volunteer nine years ago and now is married and living in one of the houses of the homestead. Nice to talk a little while in our own language so far away from home.
Opening hours: 8 am till 6 pm (winter 5 pm); closed Thanksgiving, Christmas & New Year's Day.
Admission fee: free of charge, just the guided Hubbell Home Tours are USD 2,- pp (ask at the Visitor Center).
Addres/directions: Ganado, Arizona; Just 1 mile west of Ganado along Highway 264.
Accessible along Highway 190 from the south (Chambers / Petrified Forest National Park) and north (Chinle).