Petrified Forest National Park: Ancient and Spectacular

The area is the only national park that includes a part of the historic U.S. Route 66. Welcome to the Petrified Forest National Park.

The word “forest” may mislead visitors. The park is in a desert. And the word “petrified” which can mean “afraid” may scare visitors away.

But fear not. “Petrified Forest” gets its name from the trees that have, over millions of years, turned to stone. That natural process is called fossilization.

Much of the Petrified Forest formed from tall trees called conifers. They grew over 200 million years ago near waterways. During floods, water forced the trees to be pulled up from the ground. Over time, the wood from the trees became petrified.

The Petrified Forest National Park is one of the natural wonders of Arizona. It sits within the Painted Desert. The desert looks like an artist’s canvas. Brilliantly colored mudstones and clays cover the land as far as the eye can see. They contain bentonite, a clay that is the product of changed volcanic ash.

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