Petrified Forest National Park 3-minute Tour
Petrified Forest National Park in Eastern Arizona is one of the most fascinating landscapes in the West. Known world-wide for its Late Triassic period fossils of petrified trees and dinosaurs, the park has a stark and mesmerizing beauty all it's own.
From the Painted Desert to Blue Mesa, from Long Logs to the Rainbow Forest, it's a visual feast for photographers, hikers and anyone who enjoys the great wide open.
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Petrified Forest National Park (Arizona)
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 (600 square kilometers), encompassing semi-desert shrub steppe as well as highly eroded and colorful badlands. The park's headquarters is about 26 miles (42 km) 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 627,757 recreational visitors in 2017. Typical visitor activities include sightseeing, photography, hiking, and backpacking.
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Virtual Hike: Crystal Forest Trail in Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona
Petrified Forest National Park, located just east of Holbrook, Arizona in northeast Arizona, is special for many reasons. The park is home to some of the most stunning highlights of the Painted Desert, a colorful stretch of badlands that run from the Grand Canyon through Petrified Forest. It's also home to some of the highest concentrations of complete dinosaur fossils found in the world. It's also home to the remains and petroglyphs of ancient Pueblo civilizations. And finally, it's home to its namesake, the Petrified Forest, a collection of petrified wood logs scattered across the terrain, that more closely resembles another planet than it does a forest.
Thanks to a cataclysmic event that took place 218-million years ago, (park geologists just recently narrowed this timeline down from 225-million years ago), this former swamp land that was located near the equator saw the fall of the dinosaurs as well as these giant trees. The swamp sediment quickly covered them and protected them from the elements, allowing the wood to petrify before it was able to decompose. The result is a thousands of petrified wood logs that have slowly started to appear as time, wind and rain have removed the sediment around them.
One of the best places in the park to see the result of hundred of millions of years is in the Crystal Forest. Located in the southern section of the park, this area is easily navigable by a paved loop trail that is wheelchair accessible.
This .75-mile loop trail begins in the Crystal Forest parking area. The easy trail winds past rolling grasslands and badlands. Named for the sparkling quartz crystals that can be found in the region's petrified logs, the trail offers guests one of the best chances to see the petrified wood up close. The formations are the result of periodic flooding and erosion that took place 218 million years ago, when sediment and ash were carried downstream, settling over fallen trees. Over time, groundwater dissolved silica from the volcanic ash into the porous bodies of the fallen trees, creating the petrified logs on display today.
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Join Charlie, Kirby, and Patrick on their adventure in the Petrified Forest National Park in this episode of Nature Boom Time. Learn cool facts about petrified wood––like how it became fossilized and why it’s scattered in eastern Arizona.
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The Petrified Forest National Park is located in Arizona in the USA.Long ago the region was covered by a dense forest and mighty rivers cut across the terrain. Water caused by heavy flooding forced dead trees to float to a low lying swampland. In the deep quagmire of the swamp and having, in effect, been hermitically sealed, the trees were subsequently covered by layers of sediment. Thus their further decomposition was halted. As the trees piled deeper and deeper into the swamp the petrification process began. Mud, sand and volcanic ash settled above the trees that gradually absorbed minerals from the surrounding moisture. Thus, hundreds of fossilised trunks developed that today are scattered across the prairie. Today, the Petrified Forest’s formerly tall conifers are the most common examples of this stone world of plants that dates back to prehistory. The numerous colours of the pure quartz and various other varieties of the “stone trees” are quite remarkable and in stark contrast to the bright blue of the mostly cloudless sky. Most impressive is the millions of years old geologic phenomenon of the stone forest in the southern region that is situated only two kilometres from the entrance to the national park. In the Long Logs area that is located close to Giant Logs, there are hundreds of thousands of fossilised specimens. There are around three hundred archaeological sites in the park that range from small discoveries that have uncovered items of clay, to the incredible Pueblo dwellings of the Anasazi Indians. The Petrified Forest National Park combines the majestic brilliance of its petrifaction with the rugged beauty of a colourful desert. It is, without doubt, a unique masterpiece of Nature.
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Petrified Forest national park is connected to Painted Desert and situated in east Arizona.
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We visited the Petrified Forest National Park as the last thing we did for the summer. August 10, 2015.
Mississippi Petrified Forest - Travels With Phil
Mississippi Petrified Forest is a petrified forest located near Flora, Mississippi in the United States. It is a little over 20 miles northwest of Jackson. I was there on May 5, 2016. It is privately owned and open for public visits. The forest is believed to have been formed 36 million years ago when fir and maple logs washed down an ancient river channel to the current site where they later became petrified. It is one of only two petrified forests in the eastern United States, the other being Gilboa Fossil Forest in New York. It was declared a National Natural Landmark in October 1965.
The site features a museum with examples of petrified wood found in every state and from other countries. The samples include a variety of plant materials, including leaves, fruits, cones and bark. Other fossils and fossil casts are on display, including dinosaur footprints, whale bones and turtle shells.
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Petrified Forest National Park - Early 1970s
Petrified Forest National Park in Arizona in the 1970s.
Petrified Forest National Park rangers pile up cursed wood
Tourists come from all over to the Petrified Forest National Park for the opportunity to see Petrified wood up close. Many tourists have taken that opportunity too far by removing the wood from the park only to mail it back with apology letters after determining that it is cursed. Johnny Ortiz reports.
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The Petrified Forest is a National Park not quite any of the others! It's hard to believe there was once a Costa Rican-esque rain forest parked right in the middle of what is now Arizona, let alone the fact that they had massive towering trees, which we can now still see today sitting above the desert floor! Come along for the ride as we check out The Petrified Forest!
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Petrified Forest and Painted Desert National Park - Arizona
Arizona, during the Triassic Period 225 million years ago, was once a tropical landscape. As trees died/were knocked down, they soaked up groundwater and silica from volcanic ash and over time crystallized into quartz. Different minerals created the rainbow effects in the petrified wood. Red, yellow, orange, tan, pink, purple are iron at the ferric state. White is natural quartz. Blue is iron/copper in the ferrous state. Black and gray are carbon/manganese. Green is copper, chromium or iron in ferrous state.
We also visited the Painted Desert inn that had spectacular views of the Painted Desert. Pictures don’t do it justice as seeing it in person.
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Giant Logs Trail at Petrified Forest National Park Panoramic View
Large pieces of petrified logs starts the video as it comes up and pans clockwise with views of the surrounding scattered thunderstorms. The Rainbow Forest Museum and visitor center is near the beginning of the video.
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The Painted Desert & The Petrified Forest: that sounds like a fairy tale's title; but it's not
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Petrified Forest National Park, as it appears today is no more than a barren, lifeless badland; however, these badlands are a living scientific laboratory which revels that millions of years ago this land flourished with large river systems, forests, prehistoric plants and animals. They are two entrances to the park; The Painted Desert visitor center is at the North entrance and the Rainbow Forest Museum and gift shop is at the South entrance. In between is a 28-mile paved scenic highway full of hills and winding curves, which displays one of the world's largest petrified wood deposits. Along the highway are pullovers and short drives to areas with walking trails and overlooks which allow for one to get a close-up view. For a different look of the Painted Desert, one should drive North from Winslow on Highway 87 for fourteen miles to the Painted Desert Rim View. The difference in colors are past amazing and worth the trip.
What can we say about the Grand Canyon? We learned about the canyon in school, saw it on National Geography, watched movies that were made in and around the canyon, read books about it; however, none of these comes close to actually standing on the rim looking out over the canyon. Which part of the rim is one standing on, the canyon has miles upon miles of rim to stand upon, with each place giving a person something different to see?
The best way to see the canyon along the South entrance road is by the South rim walking trail, which runs from Hermit's Rest to South Kaibab and covers just under thirteen miles, most of this trail is paved with only slight inclines and gives excellent views of the canyon. For the person that wishes to venture into the canyon, there are four trails from which to choose. Hermit's Rest, Kolb Studio, South Kaibab, and Grandview Trail. All four are rated as extreme difficult, with the Grandview trail recommended for experienced desert hikers only.
Leaving the visitor center and traveling Desert View Drive (hwy 64) for the next 22 miles one will follow the canyon rim with pull overs for views of the canyon and four different side roads with lookout points. Between Moran Point and Lipan point, be sure to catch the Tusayan Museum and Ruins on the right side of the road.
Red Rock State Park, just South of Sedona located along the Red Rock scenic loop is a 286-acre nature preserve with stunning scenery of the red-rock formations. The five-miles of family-oriented hiking trails is a network of interconnecting loops to vistas of red rock or the lush greenery of Oak Creek, with the Eagle's Nest loop being the highest with an elevation gain of 300-feet. The parks wildlife consists of mule deer, javelina, coyotes, bobcats and many species of birds.
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