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My travels through life and the world.

Day 23 – Petrified Forest and Painted Desert July 28, 2014

Filed under: Countryside,Tourist attractions,Travel,USA — Kristi @ 9:58 pm

This will be a quick post, but I figured I hadn’t posted anything in a while and it looks like I spent the rest of my trip at the Grand Canyon, which is not true. 🙂

On my way to Albuquerque I decided to swing by the Petrified Forest/Painted Desert National Park. I’m really glad I did. There isn’t much to say about it, but it was lovely and here are some pictures.


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This is what the “forest” looks like. It wasn’t what I was expecting, but…


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the petrified wood is REALLY gorgeous on closeup!


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Here’s me in front of the biggest trunk. It’s pretty big. 🙂


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Then I drove north towards I40 and there were some beautiful rock structures. This picture doesn’t do the purple color justice. I think this formation is called “The Tipis.”


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Later I went to the “News Paper Rocks” which are covered in petroglyphs and then I went to a Native American ruin that had more of them. They are so cool!


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This next one is my favorite. In the middle you can clearly see an ibis eating a frog. SO COOL!!!


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Then I went through the Painted Desert, which was beautiful.


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It took about 2 hours to get through, but it was completely worth the detour. Really lovely! Then I headed east to Albuquerque!


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