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Even before we'd seen much actual fossilized wood, we loved Petrified Forest National Park. The Painted Desert vistas, the ancient petroglyphs, and the extended photo session with a Sonoran Collared Lizard were all fantastic. As we drove through the park's southern section, we were finally beginning to encounter the features the park was named for.
the edges of Alaska's Harding Ice Field to the heart of the Arizona desert.
Quartz deposits formed in some of the logs as they petrified, giving the area its name.
I don't know why I'm still surprised when I visit a national park for the first time and it exceeds my expectations. And yet I am, even though it's happened so many times that it's essentially the norm. Such was the case again with Petrified Forest National Park. Even in hundred-degree weather, it proved to be still another amazing showcase of the natural splendor this country has!