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August 20, 2012

A Visit to Petrified Forest

One of the things I enjoy about visiting National Parks in the US is their diversity. Each is very different.

Petrified Forest is in the Painted Desert, Arizona. The public are able to wander through a landscape full of large petrified logs and tree stumps. Scientists have discovered lots of different plant and animal fossils dating back to around 200 million years ago. I was blown away by the logs and enjoyed exploring the landscape.

Petrified Forest National Park

Stump Petrified National Park

Petrified Forest National Park

If you’re visiting Arizona, a visit to Petrified Forest National Park is worth the trip.

What is your favorite National Park to visit? Any country Smile


  1. Carol Kilgore

    My mother loved the Petrified Forest. My favorite National Park is the Padre Island National Seashore! I want to visit Yosemite one day. Thanks for the photos!

    • Shelley Munro

      I haven’t heard of the Padre Island NP – will consult my book.

      • Shelley Munro

        Yosemite is gorgeous. I’ve been lucky enough to visit a couple of times, but at the height of summer it’s very busy!

  2. Lydia K

    That is so cool. Petrified woods is fascinating, if not, er, heavy and hard.

    • Shelley Munro

      They had problems with people stealing it – before they turned it into a National Park.

  3. Heather

    Have never been to Arizona, but friends and I did visit the petrified forest outside Rapid City, SD when we were there years ago. It was pretty cool seeing these massive “stone” tree trunks.

    • Shelley Munro

      They really are amazing. I don’t think we have anything like this in NZ.

  4. Savannah Chase

    Oh wow, this place looks amazing..

    • Shelley Munro

      It was a fun visit and it wasn’t too crowded, which is always a plus.

  5. Maria Zannini

    I don’t have a favorite. Each one is so unique.

    All I know is they’re one of my favorite places to visit.

  6. Brinda

    I’ve visited that Muir Woods in California, and it was very cool. I’ve never been to a petrified forest.

  7. Angela Brown

    200 million years! Wow, I feel like such a teeny, tiny speck in time :-) So much has been going on before and will go on long after I bid this world adieu.

  8. Mary Kirkland

    I actually have a large piece of petrified wood from the petrified forest that my mom got from her parents and I now have after she passed away.

  9. Elizabeth Knightbridge

    The Great Smokey Mountains in the Southern United States is my favorite…..the fall season will be beautiful.

    Great pics.


    • Shelley Munro

      Hi Liz,

      I haven’t visited the Great Smokey Mountains before, but I’ve heard they’re beautiful.