In photos: Petrified Forest National Park and the Painted Desert

Petrified Forest National Park and the adjoining Painted Desert in northeastern Arizona was one of my favorite stops of the summer.  To me, Arizona has some of the most gorgeous landscapes in the U.S., and we had a perfect day to visit Petrified Forest National Park.

Welcome to Petrified Forest National Park

Welcome to Petrified Forest National Park

The colors are stunning

The colors are stunning

Hello from Arizona!

Hello from Arizona!

The views go on forever

The views go on forever

Driving through the park

Driving through the park

Time for a history lesson

Time for a history lesson

Petroglyphs

Petroglyphs

There's a reason they call it painted

There’s a reason they call it painted

Did I mention it was a perfect day? Look at that sky.

Did I mention it was a perfect day? Look at that sky.

How many synonyms do you know for stunning?

How many synonyms do you know for stunning?

We got out for a hike at Blue Mesa

We got out for a hike at Blue Mesa

This is where we started to see the petrified tree stumps scattered about.

This is where we started to see the petrified tree stumps scattered about.

Hiking Blue Mesa

Hiking Blue Mesa

This is what petrified wood looks like.

This is what petrified wood looks like.

Hundreds of millions of years ago, this was a forest and a river.

Hundreds of millions of years ago, this was a forest and a river.

Another petrified wood close-up

Another petrified wood close-up

Learning stuff!

Learning stuff!

Gorgeous.

Gorgeous.

An extra pretty petrified stump- the wood turns to quartz.

An extra pretty petrified stump- the wood turns to quartz.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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