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This portion of the Chinle Formation has a great concentration of 225-million-year-old petrified wood. The surrounding region, the Painted Desert, has eroded red-hued volcanic rock called bentonite. There are also dinosaur fossils and over 350 Native American sites.

hiking
3 days ago

Pretty easy trail to complete. The only small challenge is the initial 300 ft where you descend into the lower area to see the base of the Mesa. Beautiful layers, we compared them to the Badlands in North and South Dakota. it was definitely hot, 107 the day we made the loop. Under cooler conditions it would be very easy. Highly recommended.

Bring binoculars and linger awhile. It’s like looking into a time machine.

Very interesting and scenic! We got our at several places to walk around and check things out up close. You can buy some petrified wood at the shop of local wares and touristy stuff by the museum which we arrived to late for. But the trail behind Museum was great!

This hike was beyond beautiful! Simple loop but was hot so bring water! Great photo opportunities on this hike with all the wonderful colors.

hiking
2 months ago

You can follow this map to an extent but it won’t lead you directly to the onyx bridge. At the visitor center they have ‘off the map hiking trails’ I would highly advise picking one up. It was a good reference until the very, very end. I google searched onyx bridge coordinates and kept up the destination in my maps..it lead us directly there! Also, on Apple maps there’s a mark that says it’s onyx bridge but it isn’t..so follow the coordinates and happy hiking!

We took this hike the first week in April which was good because it wasn’t too hot yet. A sandy barren hike until you get to the Devils Playground. Very beautiful, different and quiet. So glad we had our gps for much of the hike. We did it on a Wednesday which made it easier to get the permit than on a Saturday.

hiking
2 months ago

Easy loop into an amazing part of the park. Petrified wood and the blue-purple tint of the mesa walls are so alien.

Beautiful landscape, enjoyed that it was driving and well as some hiking sightseeing.

Very cool place, give yourself plenty of time. We could only do half the park, going southwest to northeast. The park does close at night and if you think you can steal any wood, good luck, they have search stations at the gates.

This trail features the classic petrified wood you see in most pictures. Very beautiful and awesome!

2 months ago

Absolutely love this park. It’s mostly just drive, stop, look at something amazing and go back to your car. At the most a 1.5 miles hike on pavement. Easy for all levels. Stunning colors, amazing photo ops.

hiking
2 months ago

This was an enjoyable hike. Glad we had this app and GPS. We used it quite a bit and it helped a lot. The trail was pretty easy to stay on until we got into the “wilderness” then we pretty much stayed in the wash and relying on the GPS. When we got to the turn around point we climbed hills and explored all of the petrified wood which didn’t disappoint. It was pretty impressive. We didn’t ever find the Onyx Bridge and that wasn’t from the lack of trying, but that’s ok because it was still good. I think the hike is rated hard because of the switchbacks at the beginning and end of the hike and the lack of marked trails.

walking
2 months ago

Good parking.

Well paved trail with some benches. The many informative panels kept us intrigued

The parking is sufficient.

The views from the trail are stunning! Wind was an issue today but the spring temps were grand.

Much of the path is handicap accessible and all is suitable for strollers.

Wow!

I can’t recommend this trail highly enough. It is remote and somewhat poorly marked, but also well within cell service for real-time GPS map updates if/when you need them.The rocks and petrified wood are gorgeous (see my photos). I’m shocked that a place like this doesn’t have more enthusiastic reviews. In some ways, I hate to give up such a gem, but I also hope to see more people visiting and reviewing this great trail!

hiking
3 months ago

March 2018 with Michael , the multicolored petrified wood is beautiful.

March 2018 with Michael

hiking
3 months ago

We did the Park Ranger tour with Matt and Dorinda who were super special! They told us how the wood petrified and pointed out such amazing facts. I would recommend taking the parks feee tours. Easy to walk. What an amazing gorgeous hike!

Nice walk for all skill levels. Lots of petrified wood

Wonderful hike! So worth it, you must go around it to see the petroglyphs.

The hike was super beautiful and peaceful. Easy trail as well, the Agate house honestly was not as cool as what I expected being that it is a reconstructed version to show you what it originally was. But still definitely a must see if you visit the park!

hiking
4 months ago

We decided to make our own adventure and climbed down the bluff and explored the beautiful gems God has created!

hiking
4 months ago

So beautiful, simple paved trail into an awesome memorable experience!

scenic driving
4 months ago

Absolutely gorgeous!! So many things to see and so breath taking!

hiking
4 months ago

Very easy but interesting, just likt the giant losg trail near the visitor center.

hiking
4 months ago

Near the visitor center. You can see many petrified woods here.

hiking
4 months ago

There are only three permits every week but we got it! The scenery of badland is amazing, but I don't recommend you to go there alone, as you will not meet other persons in this area except a devil~

hiking
4 months ago

My favorite trail in petrified forest NP. The view is really like in another planet. It make me remember the movie of Interstellar.

5 months ago

Amazingly beautiful I didn’t think the colors would be so vivid

scenic driving
5 months ago

Our group enjoyed this park a lot! Along the scenic drives there are many opportunities to hike around some and get close to the petrified wood.

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