What started out as a place to camp free for the night landed us at the entrance of Petrified Forest N.P. - a pleasant surprise. There is a dry camp area that can house approximately twenty or so rigs by the gift shops.
One of the largest petrified wood deposits in the world; this piece of America’s heritage was set aside in 1906 to protect and make available for public enjoyment. After a quick video about the park, it was time to walk the trails amidst ancient petrified logs, take in the wide vistas of the Painted Desert, discover voices of the past in the petroglyphs, and listen to the silence of the wilderness – all with our four-legged pal. All trails are pet friendly, however they are not allowed in the visitor centers or Desert Inn.
|Agate House - built between A.D.1050 and 1300|
|One large log w/ painted back drop|
|Sliced logs all cut by mother nature|
|Blue Mesa Vistas - our view for lunch|
|Just a few petroglyphs on the rocks|
Just imagine 225 million years ago these grounds were steamy, swampy, equatorial climate with oversized Triassic trees and dinosaurs that inhabited this area.
If you happen to be in the area (AZ East on I-40); it is well worth visiting the park if nothing more than just drive the 28 miles to see the views – well suited for large RVs. The cactus had buds, but no blooms as of yet, however we did spot a few visitors on the trails - several small lizards and a small snake. Luckily Max didn't step on or spot the snake.
Hope you get to visit the park soon. Until next time....
Jerry, Deb & Max
P.S. We want to give a shout out to Jerry's brother Buck - Happy 80th Birthday!