Petrified Forest - A Stan Klos Website
Text courtesy of National Park Service
Petrified Forest National
Park is a surprising land of scenic wonders and fascinating science. The park
features one of the world's largest and most colorful concentrations of
petrified wood, the multi-hued badlands of the Chinle Formation known as the
Painted Desert, historic structures, archeological sites, and displays of 225
million year old fossils.
Petrified Forest National Park is one of the
best examples of the Late Triassic Period (225 million years ago) in the world.
The geologic record contained within the Chinle Formation is well preserved - an
open book of time for geologists to read. New fossils are found every year. Our
paleontologist averages about two new animal species each year!
The park is 93,533 acres, with a recently
expanded boundary increasing the acreage to 218,533 acres.
Located in northeastern Arizona, Petrified
Forest National Park is about 3.5 hours driving time from either Phoenix,
Arizona (214 miles via Payson and Heber or 259 miles via Flagstaff) or
Albuquerque, New Mexico (204 miles). Use the PLAN YOUR VISIT link to the right
to find out more
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