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“The petrified forest is a lot of dead trees in the desert that have turned to stone. Here’s a good specimen.” ~ Gabrielle Maple in The Petrified Forest

October 4, 2022

Today we visited our first National Park on this trip. The Petrified Forest National Park is an American national park in Navajo and Apache counties in northeastern Arizona. It is named for its large deposits of Petrified wood. The park cover about 350 square miles which includes semi-desert shrub and eroded and colorful badlands. It was a lovely sunny day and a great trip from Aburqurque along the interstate.

God bless the hikers and the bikers that travel through the park. I had enough trouble exiting and entering our car also known as “the beast.” There were spectacular views from the Painted Desert Overlooks.

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 hermetically 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. Hundreds of fossilized trunks developed that today are scattered across the prairie. They were incredible to view and pictures do not do them justice.

“Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.” ~Confusscious

“A national park is not a playground. It’s a sanctuary for nature and for humans who will accept nature on nature’s own terms.” ~ Michael Frome

One Comment
  1. It’s a truly unique area! Great pictures

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