Petrified Forest National Park is located in Eastern Arizona, just off and straddling Interstate 10. This park preserves many excellent examples of petrified wood, trees which have been buried, mineralized, and subsequently uplifted.
The park also contains colorful badlands known as the Painted Desert. This striking landscape extends beyond the boundaries of the park.
The 45 km (28-mile) scenic drive through the park offers many opportunities for stopping to observe and take pictures of the geological features. In addition there are numerous trails for walking to get up-close and personal.
There are numerous, excellent overlooks which are well-marked along the drive. Particularly beautiful spots include Kachina Point and Pintado Point.
While in Petrified Forest National Park, take the short but impressive Giant Logs Trail near the Rainbow Forest Museum to see some great specimens of petrified wood..