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Rainbow Forest

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Address: Petrified Forest National Park, AZ
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+1 928-524-3138

An area in the south side of the Petrified Forest National Park.

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15 days in AZ

We decided to add this at the last minute because we already drove to Winslow. You can make this stop as short or as long as you desire. Lots of pull offs to see the views.

Reviewed 6 days ago
Lansing, Michigan
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Lansing, Michigan
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We decided to add this at the last minute because we already drove to Winslow. You can make this stop as short or as long as you desire. Lots of pull offs to see the views.

Thank happyheidi2017
Derby, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stopped at most of the overlooks along the road which runs through the forest and enjoyed the wonderful views. Don't be misled by the name "forest" there are no trees anywhere, just the petrified logs from prehistoric times.

Thank mjc404
Baraboo, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

You can make the visit as long or as quick as needed. You can take the hour ride or just stop by the visitors center and look around there. They have numbered sites to visit along a few pathways right there.

Thank melfred_20
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 191 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The road that runs through Petrified has multiple stops and each one is unique and with some time. I usually don't stop at every point in a national park, but we ended up spending a lot more time here than we planned for, and stood like the Rainbow First were the reason why.

Thank Tom H
Malvern, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 198 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 March 2017 via mobile

Every tax dollar that goes to the National Park System is money well spent. I recently toured Petrified Forest National Park and was just in awe of what I was seeing. The drive through is phenomenal- you see the beautiful painted desert as well as the petrified forest. Stop at the visitor's center before you begin the tour to get... More 

Thank NWRob
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Reviewed 7 March 2017 via mobile

This is a great way to spend 4-6 hours. Besides being beautiful and informative, it also had some short hiking trails. I especially enjoyed the petroglyphs and the displays in the little museum which explained when and where the trees, plants and dinosaurs where buried in the strata. Easy access for the disabled as you can drive through. The painted... More 

Thank Nancy R
New York City, New York
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Reviewed 15 February 2017

Petrified forest is one of the world's wanders, that must be seen by everyone. Amazing energy of nature, forces that create all we know...

Thank Olga T
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 January 2017 via mobile

Just not a lot to do here. Interesting to read how they think some of the wood got here given the current landscape but a few hours was more than enough. This is probably the best walk.

Thank FamilyAdventuresMN
Muncie, Indiana
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Reviewed 10 January 2017

I love the national parks, but admittedly didn't have high expectations for this park. I was wrong, this place was really impressive and visitors MUST get out of their car to appreciate.

Thank indyemmett
Olympia, Washington
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Reviewed 29 November 2016 via mobile

On a cold, windy day it was a great driving and photo experience. Make sure to go to the visitor Center/museum first. The context is essential here.

Thank MicahT0078

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