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Petrified Forest National Park

This Arizona park is famous for its fossilized trees dating back to the Late Triassic period around 225 million years ago. The park also features the colorful badlands of the Painted Desert and ancient petroglyphs.

Top Feature: Triassic fossils

Fun Fact

Petrified Forest National Park in Arizona contains one of the largest and most colorful concentrations of petrified wood in the world. The petrified logs you see there today are actually from trees that fell over 200 million years ago and were fossilized over time, capturing their details down to the cellular level.

  1. Collection Prohibited: It's illegal to collect petrified wood or any other natural or cultural features from the park. Leave all artifacts and natural objects as you found them for future generations to enjoy.

  2. Limited Services: While the park is accessible by car, services like food and fuel are limited. Make sure to bring essentials with you and fill your gas tank before entering.

  3. Weather Variability: The park experiences a range of weather conditions, from intense sun and heat in the summer to cold and possible snow in the winter. Dress in layers and be prepared for rapidly changing conditions.

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