Petrified Forest National Park
Holbrook KOA, Holbrook, AZ.
Trip Stats: 31 Days - 3,207 miles on Motorhome - 1,240 miles on SUV

Stopping to visit the Petrified Forest and Painted Desert were up for grabs. The drive from the Grand Canyon was only 3 hours. I was not sure if we should spend the time visiting the National Park or just continue on and get closer to home.

When I was first here in 1958, the Petrified Forest and Painted Desert were both National Monuments. I had a video camera at the time and when I reviewed it before this trip, I felt that if we had to miss something it should be this.

But after visiting now and seeing how interested Terry was in the history and displays, I am glad we stopped.

Route 66 passed through the Painted Desert portion of the park.
A new paved pull-out has been developed along the park road within Petrified Forest National Park. This new pull-out showcases a section of the old Route 66 trace that passes through the park. From the vantage point that the pull-out offers, visitors can view the roadbed and a line of historic telephone poles. The roadbed and telephone poles mark the path of the famous “Main Street of America” as it passed through Petrified Forest National Park. From Chicago to Los Angeles, this heavily traveled highway was not only a road. It stood as a symbol of opportunity, adventure, and discovery. A 1932 Studebaker exhibit has been installed in this pull-out.


Sitting on a petrified log. What a beautiful smile. We just finished viewing a video in the Visitor Center.
She is really interested in the park and happy to be here.


This is just a small part of the park. There are petrified logs and pieces of logs scattered all over.

This petrified tree has part of the root still intact.

I remember agate bridge from my visit in 1958. This 110 foot petrified tree was found spanning the gully.
For years people used to walk across it. The park service decided to shore it up with a concrete support in 1917.


Newspaper Rocks - One of two places in the park where we could view Petroglyphs.





This rock has a symbol which I remember seeing before.

I was a Cub Scout Webelos leader and Boy Scout Scoutmaster. There was only one badge a Cub Scout could earn and wear on the Boy Scout uniform when he advanced: The Arrow of Light. It looks very similar to the symbol on one of the newspaper rocks.



We came across these ruins in the park. We really got interested in the history and how these people lived.

The only way to enter the compound was by ladder.

Terry reading about life in the village.

The stones which were used to make the walls had to be formed from larger sand stones.
Then they were held inplace using mud.


At the rear of the compound were more rocks with Petroglyphs.

They were able to track the longest day.





More writings.







1932 Studebaker exhibit at the Route 66 pull-out.







By the time we got to the Painted Desert portion of the park the sun was starting to set. - The colors seem to be faded out.





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