“The supreme reality of our time is … the vulnerability of our planet.”
— John F. Kennedy
Petrified Forest, Arizona - April 9, 2019 - 250 million years ago a subtropical forest stood in what is now known as northern Arizona. Visiting the Petrified Forest National Park is like traveling to another world - a desert planet, and is number three on our list of national parks, right behind Acadia and Grand Canyon. When you come be prepared for a stiff breeze or even an outright gale as this is the wide open spaces and the prevailing wind is pretty much constant. There is lots of desert hiking with spectacular views, and the museum is a must see(dinosaurs and ancient crocs!). A very nice souvenir shop is also located on the main campus.
Petrified Forest National Park is an American national park in Navajo and Apache counties in northeastern Arizona. Named for its large deposits of petrified wood, the fee area of the park covers about 230 square miles, encompassing semi-desert shrub steppe as well as highly eroded and colorful badlands. The park's headquarters is about 26 miles east of Holbrook along Interstate 40 (I-40), which parallels the BNSF Railway's Southern Transcon, the Puerco River, and historic U.S. Route 66, all crossing the park roughly east–west. The site, the northern part of which extends into the Painted Desert, was declared a national monument in 1906 and a national park in 1962. The park received 644,922 recreational visitors in 2018. Typical visitor activities include sightseeing, photography, hiking, and backpacking.