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Monday, February 19, 2024

Spending A Day In Petrified Forest National Park

All you need is a day to see all the highlights in Petrified Forest National Park. And all you need to do is pick up a park map at the visitor's office before you head out on your adventure in the park.

Read this post Healthier Food And Snack Choices For Our Road Trips for snack ideas to take along as there is only one diner in the park.

2022 Cross-Country Road Trip Stop 20

The first thing on our list to do when we arrived in Arizona was to restock our supplies at Walmart. The 
Walmart we stopped at was in Winslow, Arizona so for the rest of day we had Take It Easy by the Eagles stuck in our heads!

Then we headed to Holbrook, Arizona where we would be spending the next 3 nights.

On Day 2 in Arizona, we spent the day at Petrified Forest National Park. Our first stop in the park was the visitor's center to pick up the information we needed to explore the petrified forest.We found a trip planner that listed 12 stops to make that brought us from the visitor's center on Interstate 40, Stop 1, to the entrance/exit on Highway 180. 

From the visitor's center, we made our way to Stop 2, Painted Desert Inn.

This historic inn is now a museum. Inside we saw, among other things, where people staying at the inn came to have a bite to eat.

The prices of the snacks offered here seemed very reasonable, at least to us as we looked at it in 2022. Not sure what they thought of it 100 years ago.

The gorgeous view hotel guests had from their rooms was probably worth the price of their rooms though. 

Stop 3 on our park map was Painted Desert Overlooks. We stopped at this one to enjoy a spectacular view of the Painted Desert.

Part of  Route 66 once cut through the park. Stop 4 is the Route 66 Alignment where you can find this 1932 Studebaker.

We found the ruins of puebloan homes at Stop 5, Puerco Pueblo.

We saw some cool petroglyphs, some of which were 2000 years old at Stop 6, Newspaper Rock.

We really enjoyed the colorful 1 mile trail at Stop 7, Blue Mesa.

We were happy to see this picnic bench here. We were getting hungry and was ready to take a break.

Stop 8 is Agate Bridge which is a 110 ft. petrified long spanning a gully.

We saw the highest concentration of petrified wood at Jasper Forest, Stop 9.

We saw lots of logs glimmering with quartz crystals on a 0.75 mile loop trail at Stop 10, Crystal Forest.

After taking a quick look around the Rainbow Forest Museum we headed out to do the very short 0.4 Giant Logs Trail at Stop 11, the second to last stop on our journey through the Petrified Forest.

We completely missed the last stop, Stop 12, Long Logs & Agate House. JT was willing to go back into the park to find it but me and Sandie were ready to do some souvenir shopping. We ended up buying pieces of petrified wood that had magnets affixed to the back of them. They were a lot cheaper than the tables and other beautiful furniture we would have loved to have but we didn't have the thousands of dollars for!

We spent our last day in Arizona on Route 66. We had a list with a couple of stops we knew we wanted to make on this iconic highway and we also stopped at a couple of sights that just caught our eye. One sight we pulled over to get a closer look at was this abandoned hay and feed store. Even with a closer view we still didn't know what to make of it. Was that a horse on top of a teepee?!

We had to take a picture of this really nice Route 66 mural that listed the other states we could find the Mother Road in.

We stopped in a couple of souvenir stores we saw as we drove down the highway.

The back room of one of the stores we stopped in was filled with Route 66 memorabilia.

Then we were off to one of the stops we wanted to make on our tour of Route 66, Wigwam Motel. The motel is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The teepees are furnished with the original hand-made hickory furniture.

And we really had to make this stop to Jack Rabbit Trading Post to see the sign that inspired the sign in the Cars movie, one of our grandson's favorite! In the movie you'll see a car in the place of the rabbit.

I asked Soko to take this picture so I could send it to the grandkids!

After our self-guided tour of Route 66 it was time to relax at our campsite and watch some football before packing up for our drive to our next destination.

Next stop, Colorado! Stay tuned!!

In the meantime, read about our visit to Bryce Canyon and Zion National Parks

Tell us about your day in Petrified Forest National Park. Have you been to any of the other petrified forests? We would really like to hear about your visits!



  1. I've wanted to go here for a long time--this looks so neat! Visiting from Senior Salon Pit Stop.

    1. It really is not like any of the other national parks we visited and it's great that we could see all the highlights in just one day there. I hope you get a chance to go!

    2. Me, too! :) Stopping by again with thanks for sharing this post at the Will Blog for Comments #26 linkup. Hope to see you there next week, too.

  2. Now I have that song playing through my head (but that's Okay because I like that song!). That looks like such a fun national park visit; I like that you were able to cover all the key areas in just one day.

    1. Hahaha! It is a great song! Thank you for taking a virtual visit with us!

  3. Thanks so much for stopping by!! Great pics!! Looks like a wonderful time!!
    Debbie-Dabble Blog

  4. I enjoyed this post. All I can recall from a childhood visit on our vacation was maveling at the different sights and having a picnic lunch. I don't even rermember if we had a table or not.

    1. Sounds like you had the exact same adventure that we did! Thanks for stopping by!

  5. Looks like a fun trip, I always like to see old menus. Gives us an idea of what the past was like, economically and what they served vs now. Looks like you enjoyed yourselves! <3

    1. Yes the old menus are fun. I also like looking at old newspaper ads! We had a great time! Thanks for joining us!!

  6. I miss Arizona. Spending a day at the Petrified Forest seems like an exciting adventure. I’m happy to hear that you all had a wonderful time exploring. Thank you for sharing this delightful experience with us at The Crazy Little Lovebirds link party #26.

  7. Wow! The Petrified Forest National Park sounds fabulous! I love to go virtually traveling with you guys.
    Thanks bunches and bunches for sharing this with Sweet Tea & Friends this month dear friends.

  8. We've driven part of route 66 in Arizona, not sure it was where you've been. Love the hotel window view and the snack prices. What an amazing visit. Thanks for linking up with #pocolo

    1. Thank you for stopping by. So happy you enjoyed your visit!

  9. I enjoyed every photo from your trip, in a space new for me.
    Thank you so much for all the details. It's strange this Petrified Forest!
    Happy WW and thank you for stopping by on my blog!

  10. Hello! I just found your blog through Linda's Creativity link - and I loved hearing all about your travels in Arizona and Route 66! You covered a lot of territory in one day. It's always fun to travel with friends. Your pictures are beautiful!

    1. So happy to hear that you found our blog. Thank you so much for stopping by!

  11. The historic and beautiful places in that area are fascinating to see. I love your photos. Thanks for the trip!

    1. Thank you so much for coming by and taking the trip with us!

  12. Looks like so much fun. Petrified forests can be so interesting!