Petrified Forest National Park

Petrified Forest National Park

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Stargazing at Petrified Forest National Park

May 11, 2011, 9:31 am
This summer, discover the "dark side" of Petrified Forest National at the Stories in the Stars Evening Program. These star parties will allow visitors to stay with a ranger in the park after closing to witness the incredibly dark skies of Petrified Forest. Park Ranger Hallie Larsen will offer stories ...

Backpacking Petrified Forest National Park

March 4, 2011, 10:58 am
A few footprints lead down a wash, away from the asphalt and into the trailless backcountry. I follow them, pausing to take photos of the remains of ancient tropical trees lying dead on high-desert sand. The great trunks lie scattered across washes, broken and frozen in time, some shattered ...

Petrified National Park offers timeless beauty

April 28, 2010, 5:06 pm
This week’s excursion took me into the northern part of Arizona to explore another of Mother Nature’s wonders: Petrified National Park. This park contains the largest amount of petrified wood in the country. Two adjacent parts of the national park, the Petrified Forest and Painted Desert, encompass nearly 94,000 ...

Painted Desert Painted White Thursday

March 27, 2009, 9:25 am
An unexpected snowfall this afternoon quickly left the Painted Desert in the Petrified Forest National Park covered in white. The day started off overcast, with winds gusting over 40 miles per hour. Precipitation began as rain, but by 2:45pm had turned to snow over the northern portion of the park.Northern Arizona ...

225 Million Years of History

March 6, 2009, 12:15 pm
It is hard to imagine viewing something 225 million years old, but that is what you can do at the Petrified Forest National Park in northern Arizona, just east of Holbrook. Only two hours away from Payson, you can see one of the largest concentrations of colorful petrified wood ...

Painted Desert Inn Photos Sought

March 4, 2009, 7:55 am
Petrified Forest National Park is looking for photos taken at the Painted Desert Inn during the 1940s and 1950s. Specifically, the park is looking for any photos that show the soda fountain counter and stools in what was known as the Inn’s lunchroom.The Painted Desert Inn, which served as ...