Petrified Forest National Park in Arizona: A One Day Travel Guide

hey guys josh from through my lens comm

today we're in arizona exploring

Petrified Forest National Park let's go

check it out Petrified Forest National

Park is an amazing area located about an

hour and a half east of Flagstaff in

Northeast Arizona the park preserves

some of the United States best

collections of petrified wood and here's

what I recommend you do if you have a

day to explore you can enter the park

two different ways but I enter from

highway 40 on the north side and then

exited out through highway 180 on the

south after passing the sign our first

stop was at Painted Desert visitor

center there's not a lot to see here but

they do have some petrified wood on sale

and you can ask the Rangers any

questions you have about the park and

get gas if you need it from there we

continued on to the first viewpoint you

get to this viewpoint and the rest in

this area all provide amazing views of

the Painted Desert which are the hills

as far as you can see in the red pink

and blue tones next we stopped at the

Painted Desert Inn which is a historic

landmark that was built in the early

1900s and that used to be a hotel in the


the building is now a museum that

preserves what it used to look like when

the hotel was in use and it's fun to

walk around and see the old dining area

the rooms and the prices on the menu of

what the food used to cost don't forget

to walk out to the point outside of the

inn is it's another great viewing area

from here we made our way around the

park road and stopped it a few of the

five more few points that are on the

northern part of the park each of these

viewpoints are great quick stops that

provide slightly different views into

the wilderness area of The Painted

Desert after passing the last viewpoint

you will see a small part of the park

which is dedicated to route 66

route 66 original Road went straight

through this portion of the park but

it's gone now and the vegetation has

grown up to cover the roads you can

still see the electrical lines marking

where the road would have been though

there's also a small display here with a

plaque information and an old car

continuing on you'll drive for another

five or so miles with no stops until you

pass the train tracks and enter into the

middle portion of the park the first

stop in this section is the old puerco

pueblo this quarter mile trail has some

of the remains of the Old Pueblo homes

that were built in the 1200 to 1300 s it

also has a great collection of

petroglyphs which is one of the things I

didn't know about this park but that I

was really excited to see a quick drive

from there brings you to newspaper Rock

which is one of the most popular areas

in the entire park this overlook looks

down on a gigantic rock that has more

than 650 petroglyphs some of which are

over 2,000 years old you really need a

good zoom lens or binoculars to see them

well since they're pretty far below you

but it's a really impressive sight and

one of the best petroglyphs I've ever

seen from here the drive gets really

impressive as you enter the Badlands

area of the park and see the famous

teepees I was blown away by how cool

these colorful hills were and we pulled

out a few times just to take photos from

many different angles it only gets

better from there though as you head

into the Blue Mesa one of the most

unique areas in the park there are a few

viewpoints in the Blue Mesa area but I

recommend you take the short one-mile

hike down into them as you'll be able to

appreciate the blue and purple hues of

this landscape and get your first real

view of the Petrified Wood it was a

pretty dreary day when we went but it

was still really impressive to see this

area and it was probably my favorite

spot in the entire park

petrified wood becomes the main draw for

the rest of the park with the first stop

being at the agate bridge the agate

bridge is a 110 foot long petrified log

that's been reinforced with concrete to

stay in place and it's a super cool

quick stop next step is another overlook

called the Jasper forest which has a

high concentration a petrified wood that

you can look out over it's pretty

impressive still but I'm sure it was

really amazing in the early 1900s before

a lot of the wood was removed from

Jasper Forest your next stop will be at

Crystal Forest which is the most popular

hiking trail in the entire park this 1

mile long trail gets you up close with

thousands of pieces of petrified wood I

was blown away by how much there was to

see and how cool it is to see it in

person the trail just keeps getting

better and better as you head further

back and see some really large pieces of

wood give yourself enough time for this

trail as you don't want to be rushed and

you definitely are gonna want to spend

some time checking it all out we're now

near the southern entrance of the park

and if you have time go to the rainbow

forest visitor center which has some

great exhibits and information also it's

connected to the giant logs trail which

has some of the largest petrified logs

in the entire park if you're feeling up

for it you can head out on the long logs

trail or the agate house trail if you do

both of them together it's about 2.5

miles for the whole trail the long logs

trail leads to another collection of

petrified wood some of which are over a

hundred and seventy feet long and it's

definitely cool to check out however

continuing on leads you to the main

highlight here which is the agate house

this 7 room pueblo house used petrified

wood for its construction and it's

really unique to see I don't know of any

other houses that were built with

petrified wood so if you get the chance

definitely check it out

and just like that after doing this

trail your one day and Petrified Forest

National Park is complete hopefully you

guys enjoyed exploring this park with me

get out here and check it out it's a

really cool place to explore go to

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