The Painted Desert Arizona

We traveled a lot when I was a kid. My dad was a musician and in the summers he'd pack up my mom, my two brothers, my sister and I for various trips across the lower forty-eight. I saw many landmarks, natural and artificial during my youth but none so spectacular as the Painted Desert in Arizona.

It's hard for a male child to call nature beautiful, but there is no better way to describe the Painted Desert. The Desert is vast and expansive and has spectacular jutting cliffs painted in glorious purples, pinks, yellows, reds and blues. To observe this desert is to observe God's canvas. These cliffs that jut from the barren earth look as if they have been painted by the hand of God himself. I remember seeing these cliffs in breathtaking awe. They seemed alive in an area where there was seemingly no life.

The beauty of the area alone is enough to inspire someone to visit this desert, but, there's also interest to those who love natural sciences, especially geology. The colors clearly show that these cliffs are layered. These layers infer that some kind of violent flood forced it's way through that Arizona valley many millenniums ago, leaving behind layers of sediment, which are clearly visible when observing the Desert. The sediment-- and the rocks and fossils found within them-- are better than any textbook at showing the natural history of the world. The destructive force of the ancient flood waters left behind scenery that's indescribably beautiful and infinitely valuable.

I've only been to the Painted Desert once, but I'd like to go back. I even lived in Las Vegas for a few years-- just a few short hours from the Painted Desert-- but never made the trek. I'll go back someday. If you've never been, you should add the Painted Desert to your list of "Must-See" locations. You won't regret it.

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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Thansk so much, TimeTraveller. I like the painted dersert, petrified forest, grand canyon and red rock canyon (Nevada) Thanks for reading! I hiope this brought back some fond memories for you!


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TIMETRAVELER2 4 years ago

I've been to the painted desert numerous times, and it is always serene and beautiful. We live in Florida, but love going to the west for the very reasons you discuss here...magnificent, wide open and colorful scenery. It kind of puts you in your place, if you know what I mean. Lovely hub. Thank you!


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Aurelio, I got the photos from the Painted Desert website. It's a pretty cool area... if you can stand the heat. Thanks for reading...


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

Your hub makes me want to visit. Are the photos yours or from public domain. They're lovely in any case. Voting this Up and Beautiful.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

lucky cats, I'm sorry I didn't see this until now. The comment notification got stuck in my spam folder. I will check out peggy's HUB! Thanks for the tip!


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Lucky Cats 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

PDXKarokeGuy...gorgeous photos...I love the painted desert...currently, my friend Al and I are traversing the expanse from SE Kansas to California numerous times in order to move my home and family back to Calif. We are always in awe of the beautiful expanses from New Mexico, Arizona, Utah...just magically beautiful. Your pictures have captured this so well. I see that Peggy W has commented here...you should catch her hub about the Petroglyph National Monument in New Mexico...amazing information and pictures. You have given us a wonderful gift with this hub. UP Awesome, Beautiful, Interesting and Useful.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Delores, thanks for reading and commenting. In Vegas, did you go to Red Rock Canyon? it's very beautiful. No, I didn't take these pictures. I got them from the Painted Desert website.


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Dolores Monet 5 years ago from East Coast, United States

Wow - did you take those pictures? What a gorgeous place! I want to go there. We visited Las Vegas some years back and drove around the desert there. If I would have realized that the Painted Desert was so close, would have gone there.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Frogyfish and Erco, thanks for your comments. it really is a marvelous place


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Ercolano 5 years ago from Vancouver, BC

Was lucky enough to take a helicopter trip there a year ago; yes most certainly painted in all its fine nuance by the fine edged strokes of a celestial brush.


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frogyfish 5 years ago from Central United States of America

I agree the Painted Desert is uniquely beautiful...and it seems different each time you see its portrait. The flood you mentioned once covered the mountains south and west of that area, and there are many types of sea fossils found on the top of the mountain.

I'd like to go back again to visit that beautiful place too.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

yes, stephanie, u should


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Stephanie Wideman 5 years ago from Stafford, VA

Wow, that's beautiful! I need to put the painted desert on my "need to visit" list. Those pictures are amazing!


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Thanks for stopping by Peggy. Feel free to post a link to your HUB in the comments threads so that my readers can check it out!


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Peggy W 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

I've been to the Painted Desert several times and have also written a hub about it. It is so beautiful and should be seen in person to fully appreciate it. But for those who may never be able to visit, your pictures capture some of its beauty. Nice job!


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Thanks NOva Scotia. I currently live where I grew uo, in the Pacific Northwest and I love the temperate climate. However, there is somethign about the dry windy heat of the desert. Thanks for stopping by!


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novascotiamiss 5 years ago from Nova Scotia, Canada

Your hub brought back happy memories. We love the desert and it's haunting beauty, the ever changing colours and the desolation.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Thanks for the kind words. I'll check out your other HUB as well. Appreciate the helpful feedback. Hope you enjoy my other hubs as well!


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Reynold Jay 5 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan

I was there when I was a child too. I'd forgotten all about it and then the photos and article brought it all back for me. I don't travel much so may never see it again. I found I enjoyed this very much. You have this laid out beautifully and it is easy to understand. Keep up the great HUBS. I must give this an “Up ONE and awesome.” I'm always your fan! RJ

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