Petrified Forest National Park Off The Beaten Path

  • Sign after Holbrrok toward Petrified Forest area
    Sign after Holbrrok toward Petrified...
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  • Still in Use form 1950-60's as unique stay
    Still in Use form 1950-60's as unique...
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  • Dinos reign in town with rocks
    Dinos reign in town with rocks
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    Hubbell Trading Post

    by BruceDunning Written Oct 18, 2009

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    This site is about 30 miles form Petrified Forest. It is not a National Park Service site and open for tours. A home tour of the stone Hubbell home is $2 and on the hour. The main attraction is the gift shop trading store that is the same one used since 1878. Fred Hubbell rested here to start the store trade, and Navajo INdians were his main customers for the first decade or more. They had returned form a tragic incarceration at For Sumner for 10 years and came back to the home reservation in 1867. They began farming and grazing sheep. The gist shop has daily necessities and Indian goods and also jewelery, baskets, flour, coffee, etc.
    This is a working ranch/farm and has some animals like cattle, chickens and other barnyard critters. You can walk around on self guided tour.

    Indian theme for the trading post Entrance to trading store Trading post store Basket for your picking
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    Holbrook Town

    by BruceDunning Updated Oct 18, 2009

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    This sleepy town was once more vibrant when mining took place around here. Now the population continues to diminish, and went down at under 4,000 in the last 5 years from 5,000. There are at least 4-5 rock shops in town, and 2 convenience stores for gas and beer. This was a anchor point for the railroad, and the town was named after an engineer in 1881.

    Sign after Holbrrok toward Petrified Forest area Still in Use form 1950-60's as unique stay Dinos reign in town with rocks Odd Job rock hound-great rock though
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    Painted Desert

    by mikehanneman Written Nov 8, 2006

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    On the North side of the Petrified Forest you will find the Painted Desert.

    Depending on the lighting and time of day, you will find a vast array of colors and landscape.

    There are a couple of pull offs. My son and I stopped and it is amazing how far you can see. The Ranger we spoke to said he takes scientists by mule into the Painted Desert so they can do research.

    Petroglyphs

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    Rattle snakes

    by mikehanneman Written Nov 8, 2006

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    If you venture off the road to check out some petrified wood, be careful.

    The Ranger said there are a lot of rattle snakes in the area. Above all, don't lift up rocks because there could be a scorpion or rattle snake under the rock!

    Rattler on the road after a shower

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    Hoodoos Closeup

    by catalysta Updated Aug 8, 2005

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    A zoomed view...
    Hoodoos are irregular rock figures, formed by the action of the wind & water on sedimentary rocks that alternate in layers of both soft & hard rock. This gives them a unique and uneven appearance (as opposed to spires, which are more uniform and smooth).
    The spirits of hoodoos are apparent when the wind sings & howls around them, and the heat shimmers on them, bringing these strange forms to life with an eerie presence.

    Hoodoos
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    Hoodoos of the Mesa

    by catalysta Updated Aug 8, 2005

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    This is an eerie land, full of wind-sculpted hoodoos and strange spirits. Keep to the trail, please don't venture off. Desert life is very fragile, and can take a long time to recover if damaged.
    Take no souvenirs, leave no footprints...

    Blue Mesa Hoodoos
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    Descent into the realm of the Blue Mesa

    by catalysta Updated May 13, 2004

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    Once upon a time, this entire region was a floodplain. Giants of the forest slithered through the swamps, while others skulked amongst the huge ferns, waiting to nab unsuspecting herbivores as they passed by. Layers and layers of volcanic ash, river silt, and water rich with silica and other minerals gradually covered the remains of the prehistoric flora & fauna.

    Blue Mesa Overlook
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    The remains of the forest

    by catalysta Written May 12, 2004

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    Now we can explore the fossils they left behind as they gradually emerge from the windblown sedimentary mesas.
    The Blue Mesa trail offers a closer look at all of this, winding for about a mile down into the valley, and then back up.

    Petrified Wood Chunks
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