The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.Marcel Proust
About the Park
Petrified Forest National Park in northwestern Arizona is named after the large deposits of petrified wood and is known for the colorful and highly eroded badlands. The park contains one of the world’s largest concentrations of bright petrified wood and displays 225-million-year-old fossils.
Check out the view from the park!
Live it up!
Best Things to do in the Park
- See the Old Studebaker on Route 66 and take a photograph
- Walk the Painted Desert Rim Trail for views of the Painted Desert
- Take the 1-mile Blue Mesa Trail
- Go to the Crystal Forest Loop for the best place to see the petrified wood
On our drive from Flagstaff, AZ, to see the Petrified Forest National Park, it goes without saying that we had to make a stop along the way so that we could be” standing on the corner in Winslow, AZ.” We even made an Instagram reel, so check out our fun afternoon.
Size of Park
This is the only National Park that contains a segment of the Historic Route 66.
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