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Awesome Pictures of Painted Desert in Arizona

Updated on September 1, 2016

Painted Desert in Arizona


Painted Desert photos in Arizona

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My mother admiring some blooming flowers in the Painted Desert
My mother admiring some blooming flowers in the Painted Desert | Source
Arizona sky
Arizona sky | Source
Rock formations in the Painted Desert
Rock formations in the Painted Desert | Source
Painted Desert scenery
Painted Desert scenery | Source
Petroglyphs can be found on rocks in the Painted Desert
Petroglyphs can be found on rocks in the Painted Desert | Source

The Painted Desert

This author has been fortunate enough to have traveled those roads in the Arizona desert several times, sometimes with family and another time with a good friend from Germany.

This hub also goes hand in hand with another one written about the Petrified Forest National Park in Arizona which goes more into depth.

Why do these two hubs go hand in hand you might inquire?

The reason is that the Painted Desert and the Petrified Forest National Park actually merge with one another and if one is going there to see one of the areas, both will be viewed as a matter of course.

Splitting these articles into two separate ones was decided upon so as not to have either one of them get too long in length.

Photos included come from an older 35 millimeter camera that I had at the time. No special lenses or filters were used.

Aptly named, the colors one sees in the Painted Desert are incredible and in the vernacular of younger folks today...truly awesome!

Video of Painted Desert

Painted Desert Tour

Additional photos of the Painted Desert

Painted Desert Visitor Center
Painted Desert Visitor Center | Source
Painted Desert
Painted Desert | Source
Look at the colors!
Look at the colors! | Source
Painted Desert
Painted Desert | Source
More Painted Desert scenery
More Painted Desert scenery | Source

At the north end of the park, the Painted Desert Visitor Center offers a 17-minute film showing how wood becomes petrified.

There is a 27 mile ( 43 kilometer ) drive that takes one through the park and one can stop at frequent pullouts to gaze at the wonder of the various colors of the rock formations and dunes and take pictures if desired.

At two different areas one can start wilderness hiking and camping with backpacks. One needs to secure a free permit if one plans to camp.

No water is provided within the park so one must transport all one needs to stay hydrated. Remember...this is desert country and it can be quite unforgiving. It is recommended that once one has used up less than one-half of one's water supply, it is a good idea to start one's return trip to remain safe.

At the southern end of the park is the Rainbow Forest Museum which also serves as a visitor center.

Inside the museum it portrays stories of human habitation within this area, geological history and also has exhibits of the petrified wood. Either one of these visitor centers can accommodate one's needs for restroom facilities, water, maps, weather information, permits and the like.

The Painted Desert Inn Museum at Kachina Point was built in the 1920's and renovated by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the late 1930's. It became a National Historic Landmark in 1987. One can begin walking in the wilderness area right behind this inn.

East of the town of Holbrook the northern entrance can be accessed off of Interstate 40 and the southern entrance is found off of highway 180 in the northeastern quadrant of the State of Arizona.

Arizona's painted desert by CBS

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Indians in Arizona

Arizona has some nineteen million acres set aside that are reservations for fourteen different native Indian tribes who live there.

These lands belong to the Indians and one must abide by their rules.

In some instances, photography is not allowed.

Most all of the native Indians are proud to display and sell their artwork consisting of tapestries, pottery, jewelry, etc.

Just north (and a small portion east) of the Painted Desert and the Petrified Forest National Park is a large Navajo Indian Reservation. A Hopi Indian Reservation is in the center of the Navajo Indian lands and the two reservations adjoin one another.

South of the Painted Desert and Petrified Forest National Park is the Fort Apache Indian Reservation and also the San Carlos Indian Reservation.

If one has some extra time and wishes to find out about native Indian culture, Arizona surely offers one many choices in which to explore.

Route 66 The Painted Desert Arizona

Hope you enjoyed this peek at the Painted Desert in Arizona and liked seeing these amazing pictures.

Be sure and check out the Petrified Forest National Park article which will show you numerous photos and will give you an even better understanding of the scenery you will see in this part of the country.

As already noted, these areas are adjacent to and blend with one another. They are truly spectacular!

The Painted Desert adjoins the Petrified Forest National Park in Arizona.

Painted Desert (Filmed in various light conditions - If you only watch one video, make it this one! Truly beautiful!)

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© 2009 Peggy Woods

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Kristen,

      We have also visited the Grand Canyon in winter one time. Much less crowded than in summer and still gorgeous. Glad you liked this. Hope you get back to seeing more of Arizona someday. So many wonderful sites to explore!

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      Kristen Howe 2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Peggy, wonderful information. I've been to Arizona a decade ago and went to see the Grand Canyon in the winter, no less, and other towns. I would love to go back to Arizona someday.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi john000,

      We love all of the places that we have been fortunate enough to visit while in Arizona on various vacations. Enjoy your trip to the Painted Desert and beyond. Such great choices you have! Thanks for your comment.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi ytsenoh,

      Glad to hear that you enjoyed reading this hub about the Painted Desert. I have driven along parts of Route 66. It is certainly interesting and takes you into little towns and out of the way places that the Interstate Highways now bypass. Appreciate your comment.

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      John R Wilsdon 5 years ago from Superior, Arizona

      Wonderful to see such joy in your photos and video of the Painted Desert. Will be heading there soon, as I reside in Arizona and short-trip everywhere. Thanks for communicating the beauty of Arizona to everyone. Thumbs up.

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