Petrified Forest National Park ter Arizona – Amazing Desert Wood Pics

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Arizona is a fabulous state packed with beauty and natural wonders. Amazing canyons (Grand!), mountains, and desert scenery await visitors.

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Having visited the Petrified Forest National Park te Arizona on two different occasions, I am the proud proprietor of some amazing desert pictures and of course the petrified wood is the starlet attraction.

The very first visit wasgoed with my mother and niece and wij liked the views immensely but did not do much hiking. The colors and hues of the petrified wood are so varied and shine ter the sunlight like rich jewels. The stark desert is a tegenstelling to those multicolored gems of wood turned to stone.

With my German chick friend accompanying mij the 2nd time of visiting the Arizona desert, and te particular the Petrified Forest, more hiking wasgoed ter order.

The majority of the pictures included te this postbode will be from that 2nd visit. This wasgoed part of our planned tour to see ten National Parks on our wonderful vacation that year. Wij also sneaked ter some State Parks spil a toeslag when wij had the time.


Discovered ter 1981 were fossils dating back to the Triassic Period some 225 million years ago.

Much research is continuing to be done and evidence of petite dinosaurs spil well spil crocodile-like reptiles and big amphibians who would have eaten fish are being discovered ter this area te addition to the plant life that would have existed at the time.

At the Rainbow Forest Museum casts of the bones of a petite dinosaur nicknamed Gertie are displayed for all to see.

Located Two miles north of the south entrance to the Petrified Forest National Park, Nineteen miles south of Holbrook off of highway Legitimate, you will find the Rainbow Forest Museum.

Also contained within the museum location is all kinds of visitor information including a 20 minute orientation filmrolletje that runs on the half hour. Many fossil exhibits are on display and you can acquire back-country permits for hiking and backpacking there. Public restrooms are available spil well spil some limited amounts of food.

Protecting This Land

Around the year 1900 calls for protecting this unusual and beautiful landscape began to be loudly heard. Tourists were removing onvriendelijk and lumps of the beautifully colored petrified wood spil souvenirs and it became apparent that if this continued the landscape would be forever switched for future generations.

So te order to preserve this land ter 1906 selected areas of what wasgoed to become this park very first commenced out spil the Petrified Forest National Monument. Often this is the very first step towards becoming a national park.

Two,500 more acres (1,000 hectares) were added to the monument te 1932.

National Park status wasgoed gained te 1962 and ter 1970 an extra 50,000 acres (20,250 hectares) wasgoed set aside spil wilderness area.

The total area of this Petrified Forest National Park is now 93,533 acres or 37,881 hectares.

It is illegal to eliminate any chunks of petrified wood within the park boundaries.

Slew of it can be found outside the Petrified Forest National Park and commercial interests have already collected and polished much of it up and opoffering it for sale.

One can purchase inexpensive petite brightly colored pebbles or more expensive larger lumps made into bookends or many other assorted objects ter bounty shops that are permitted to sell the petrified wood.

When I wasgoed there with my gf I purchased a stadionring, some bookends and a beautiful slab of a total middellijn cross cut lump of a petrified loom that I have on display ter our huis.

Whether one determines to purchase any souvenirs, just witnessing the creative objects made from the wood that has bot turned into colorful stone is a treat.

Thesis look almost identical to the bookends that I purchased outside of the Petrified Forest National Park. They add such beauty to our bookshelves!

Some Geology of This Area

This part of the country which is now about Five,400 feet ter elevation and high and dry has an interesting geologic history.

It embarked out spil a floodplain where tall pine-like trees flourished te the south. This wasgoed also the time when the dinosaurs and other animals now being discovered spil fossils roamed this area.

The trees eventually fell and were moved by the rivulets into the floodplain where they became covered with volcanic ash, mud and silt.

What happened next wasgoed that silica deposits step by step infiltrated the wooden tissues of the logs and overheen time the silica wasgoed substituted with quartz. This preserved the logs and they became the petrified wood wij see today.

Of course this did not toebijten overnight, but overheen a long period of time. millions of years ter fact.

Much zometeen te the course of time the land became uplifted. This exposed the fossilized plants and animals to the wind and water and due to the stresses on those long petrified logs most of them split and became violated.

Some of the long logs lie ter lumps next to one another providing one an idea of how tall they were at one time when they stood upright.

What is viewed today ter the Petrified Forest National Park is only a fraction of what is truly there. At a depth of some 300 feet fossilized remains are to be found. The compels of erosion overheen time will proceed to bring more of thesis petrified remains towards the surface.


Human residence within the park has bot recorded for more than Two,000 years.

The dating of rubble, potsherds and petroglyphs seems to have ended after the year 1400.

Prior to that there is definite proof of occupation inbetween the years 1100 to 1200 and inbetween 1300 to 1400.

Titled Newspaper Rock, this is only one of many paintings left on the petrified wood by Indians who would have lived te this area.

Many such petroglyphs exist across the park restrains.

Agate House

From the Rainbow Forest Museum one can go after a trail that takes one through the Giant Logs and to the webpagina of the Agate House.

This dates back to the Pueblo III period and Indians during that time would have collected chunks of petrified wood building lodging for themselves.

The so-called Agate House wasgoed partially restored ter the 1930s so that one can visualize what a pueblo house would have looked like built out of the colorful petrified wood.

Many other minerals some of which include metal, manganese and doorslag comprise thesis polychromatic lumps of stone. It is an amazing webpagina witnessing them piled together spil I am sure you will agree when you view the pictures that were taken when wij visited that spot on the trail.

The Badlands

I snapped a photo of a sign which aptly described this Badland area of the national park. It tells the following story:

“This moonscape of hills and gullies is called badlands.

The Blue Mesa badlands are made up of rock known spil the Chinle Formation, which extends from Texas, across northern Arizona, and into Utah. The rock is mostly fine-grained clay and siltstone, but also contains sandstone and conglomerate. Bentonite, a major ingredient, swells and becomes gooey when raw and cracks and shrinks when it dries.

The onveranderlijk shrinking and full salute of the surface gives the Chinle its elephant-skin texture.

Petrified logs show up to be perched on pedestals of the softer clays. Merienda the clay erodes under the logs, they will topple down the hillside.”

Walking through this hot and dry area, one should undoubtedly think of wearing sunscreen, adequate clothing with comfy boots, sunglasses and make sure that one is carrying enough water to stay hydrated. Actually thesis recommendations are suitable for all of this Petrified Forest National Park.

Vintage Postcard

On the back of this oversized vintage postcard purchased by my grandparents on their travels many years ago, it reads:


Rich and strange te color and shapes thesis petrified trees carry one’s imagination back to prehistoric days when dinosaurs roamed northern Arizona.



The Petrified Forest National Park is a part of the Painted Desert. That has bot written about te a separate postbode and I will leave a listig to it below.

Suffice it to say that this part of the country is uniquely beautiful.

There are 28 miles of a scenic drive across the Petrified Forest National Park.

Also provided are many pull outs where one can overlook different areas within the park from one’s voertuig. Sweeping vistas of the different sites can be viewed from thesis parking areas. Because of this even handicapped people can love watching the Petrified Forest.

Be sure and zekering at the visitor centers. one at each end of the park. for much more information including current weather forecasts, maps and for those heartier souls, permits to camp and hike ter the wilderness areas.

Petrified wood is naturally found ter other areas around the country and world, but being able to love such a large collection of it te one concentrated area makes the Petrified Forest National Park te the Painted Desert of Arizona unique and well worth a tour.

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