If you are planning a trip through Arizona, stop by Petrified Forest National Park. You can drive the entire length of the park, which is 28 miles, (including stopping at overlooks) in about 2-3 hours. If you just want to drive through, plan on just about an hour.
If you are active duty Military, don’t forget that you can get into National Parks for free.
My husband and I recently completed a 2 week road trip up and down the western states and made a quick stop at Petrified Forest National Park since it was along our route. I won’t lie, I was expecting tree’s that were still standing (I mean what else do you think of when you hear forest). So I was a little bummed in that aspect, but the absolute beauty of the park made up for it!
There are several historical significance’s through the park, but my favorite was remnants of old route 66 which use to run through the park.
There are hiking trails throughout the park; however, my absolutely wonderful husband would only allow me to hike a short distance (we had a time schedule to keep after all), and by hike I mean walk only about 100 feet. It was probably for the best as I didn’t plan on hiking any in this park. I honestly didn’t know what to expect so we had planned to just drive through.
Towards the end of the park you come along Crystal Forest (which is where the very first picture above was taken). Those petrified logs you see in the picture may look small but they are HUGE. To give you an idea, here is me squatting next to one:
It’s almost hard to imagine that thing is over 200 million years old!
If you are interested in the hiking trails, you can visit the park website. They also issue backcountry permits for overnight backpacking which will allow you to hike in the wilderness zone. Guess what just got added to my bucket list!?
Have you visited Petrified Forest National Park? Leave a comment and tell me about your experience!