Exploring Arizona's Petrified Forest along Historic Route 66
Posted On 07/31/2020 09:00:43
Route 66 | Arizona | Petrified Forest National Park | Painted Desert | Natural History | Petroglyphs
There are two sides to a national park located in the desert of Arizona that are both quite interesting. The Petrified Forest National Park showcases a diverse and colorful view of the natural history of the United States. On one side there's colorful rock formations known as the Painted Desert. The other side is filled with trees that came down from the mountains in a great flood/mud slide. The trees laid in the desert for millions of years and have become petrified.
The historic Route 66 goes right through the middle of the combined park which is also home to a variety of historical sites including petroglyphs from native Americans. We couldn't pass the rusted out bones of a 1930s vehicle along Route 66 without stopping for a photo!
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How many of Arizona's three national parks have you visited?
We have been lucky enough to visit all three. We enjoyed the Petrified Forest National Park which feels like a combination of two parks - the Painted Desert and the Petrified Forest. The nature on the two sides of the park is so diverse that it was hard to soak it all in. The park also has a number of man made sites that were interesting to explore and learn more about - like this one that seems to say, "Help me, my car won't start!"
Which of Arizona's national parks top your favorites list?