Petrified Forest National Park

Petrified Forest National Park

This week we celebrated our fourth anniversary! We went back to one of our favorite places, Santa Fe, New Mexico. We went there on part one of our honeymoon and have wanted to go back for a long time.

One of the things we enjoy doing most is taking a long road trip. We find places to stop and hike around and enjoy the long journey to our destination. On our way home from Santa Fe we made three stops and the Petrified Forest National Park in Arizona was one of them.

I had been to the park before when I was in high school. It stands out in my memory as one of the most interesting and beautiful landscapes I have ever seen. The first time I drove through was during a summer rainstorm and it made the colors of the desert even more vibrant and beautiful. Our adventure was on a bright and sunny day this time and it was still beautiful.

One of the things that strikes me the most is how ancient the things I am looking at are. The petrified wood formed millions of years ago and can still be observed at the park.

This is a petrified tree that is still preserved in the park.

We only spent about an hour in the park as we were driving home. We stopped at Tawa Point and did a short 2 mile walk along the badlands landscape which was beautiful.

Tawa Point Hike

We drove through the rest of the park. There are two entrances and we entered in the east entrance and exited the west entrance near Holbrook. Traveling this way provided a wonderful scenic drive on our way home and I would recommend this strategy if you are stopping by on a drive on the 40. We enjoyed driving through the park with our windows down and rocking out a little too hard to “Free Bird.” It felt like the right thing to do on a perfect Arizona afternoon.

Tawa Point hike

Check out the Petrified Forest National Park webpage for more information!