Petrified Forest National Park Things to Do

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  • 1. Petrified Forest National Park

    Great title, huh? Ok, so there's a bunch of old trees that look like rocks. Pretty neat, but there's so much more- the topography, the arid nature of the region, the desert life. Go for the petrified...

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  • 2. Painted Desert

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    In 1937, the Civilian Conservation Corps replaced an earlier lodge. This building was designed by Lyle E. Bennett and the Pertrified Service Branch of Plans and Designs. Operated as a Fred Harvey...

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  • 3. Agate Bridge

    The plaque reads: Centuries of scouring floodwaters washed out the arroyo, or gully, beneath this 110-foot (34 meter) petrified log to form Agate Bridge. The stone log, harder than the sandstone...

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  • 4. Blue Mesa

    The herpetologist wrote in her hournal as the whiptail lizard slithered off into the bunch grass. She was checking traps set the day before, buckets that held live reptiles for researchers to...

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  • 5. Crystal Forest

    This a great area for all to enjoy because the paths are paved. The plaque reads: Approximately 225 million years ago, during the Triassic Period, a floodplain existed here – littered with fallen...

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  • 6. The Teepees

    The Tepees! The plaque reads: Petrified Forest is a laboratory where scientists study not only the fossil record, but the records of earlier discoveries by naturalists and paleontologists. Interest...

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  • 7. Newspaper Rock

    The plaques: More than 650 images adorn the boulders below – one of the largest concentrations of petroglyphs in the park. People who farmed the Puerco River Valley 650 to 2,000 years ago pecked these...

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  • 8. Giant Logs Trail (Giant Logs Loop)

    Located behind the Rainbow Forest Museum is a Easy 0.4 mile paved trail with stairs, which passes many of the park's massive log, known as "Old Faithful." It doesn't seem like much, but it is nice to...

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  • 9. Rainbow Forest Museum

    Depending on which way you enter the park, the Rainbow Forest Museum is located near the south entrance from the park. This facility offers many wonderful exhibits and a 20 minute orientation movie....

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  • 10. Painted Desert Visitor Center

    When you are driving through the Park, take a couple of minutes to stop at the Visitor's Center. I found it to be educational and worth my time. There were a lot of petrified logs in back. It's...

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  • 11. Long Logs Loop

    This is a very scenic with some beautiful stark landscapes. That day, it was about 90, with some breezes and beautiful big blue sky. The plaque reads: The Long Log Trails leads you through one of the...

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  • 12. Agate House

    I really wanted to see the house even though it was about 90 and my RA was really bothering me, but I was determined. So off I went on my own with a couple of bottles of water. My hubby's back was...

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  • 13. Jasper Forest

    The plaque reads: The petrified wood strewn in the valley below was once encased in the bluffs around you. When erosional forces removed the softer rocks, the petrified wood tumbled and accumulated on...

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  • 14. Route 66 Monument

    This is a neat memorial to the good old days of Route 66, it reads: You are standing near old Route 66. The line of the roadbed and the telephone poles in front of you mark the path of the famous...

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  • 15. Puerco Pueblo

    The plaque reads: The village on the Rio Puerco (Puerco Pueblo) is a prehistoric settlement built of shaped sandstone blocks by ancestral Puebloan people. It was inhabited between A.D. 1250 and 1380....

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