Painted Desert and Petrified Forest National Park


The Painted Desert is a colorful area of badlands, made of stratified layers of siltstone, shale, and mudstone. The Painted Desert stretches from the Grand Canyon National Park to the Petrified Forest National Park, with a large portion lying within the Navajo Nation.

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Petrified Forest National Park is one of the more underwhelming national parks I’ve visited. The history is mind blowing, but the actual views are a little less so. The petrified forest is a collection of fossilized fallen trees that lived in the Late Triassic Epoch, 225 million years ago.

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