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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.

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Very interesting off trail hike that we elected to do without aids since it was a very open area. Had a GPS to record the hike, but I kept it on the Trip Computer. We veered off at times, but was easy to adjust. Would have liked to explore the mesa rim and its views more, but, unfortunately, we were on a time schedule that morning.

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The old (eroded road) meets the extremely old (petrified forest). The extremely old is winning. Very nice and easy hike, you will see a very large amount of petrified wood.

Short, easy off trail hike recommended by the National Park Service. You will pick up Martha's Butte fairly quickly in the hike, so it is not difficult to find. Suggest that you go around Martha's Butte for more petroglyphs and views. Note: No shade.

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GIANT

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Terrific unmaintained trail to a butte with sweet petroglyphs.

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Unmarked trail leading to a butte with many petroglyphs and animals. No shade with views and trail finding is what its all about.

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