Thursday, July 19, 2012

Painted Desert and Petrified Forest

In addition to the thrill of traveling for three days by car, we enjoyed our time at the Painted Desert National Park and Petrified Forest National Monument. 

Pretty rocks, colorful hills.

Fascinating petrified logs, including this Agate Bridge, a log suspended over this stream bed, transformed into agate.

Sad to learn how opportunists looted most of this site before, and even after, the federal government declared it a national monument.  I know we've seen petrified logs in private museums during our travels.  Now we know where they came from.

Then an overnight stay in Holbrook.


PS To see a full slideshow of the pics from this trip, including the next day at Canyon de Chelly, click this link  Full slide show

1 comment:

Tom and Donna Clapham said...

Pix are awesome!!! We've been to Painted Desert and Petrified Forest, but not to Canyon de Chelly! rockin'