In The Desert
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Petrified Forest N.P.
If your headed north to get to the Petrified Forest National Park in the desert, then stop in Concho, Arizona. A lot of interesting buildings can be found in the area if you look. This was an old settlement, some of the old buildings still remain. Just south of Concho is Show Low, Arizona, surrounding by the Apache, Tonto, and Sitegreaves National Forest. This will present a really big change of scenery going north to the high desert.
From the area north of Show Low to a little north of Concho, is noted for it's large mixture of native wild flowers. You'll see a lot of Indian Paint Brush plus a large variety of other flowers. This area is mostly rolling hills with few big mountains.
When you reach Holbrook, Arizona you have to head East on Interstate 40 to reach the off ramp for the Petrified Forest Road. This road makes a loop and goes back under the Interstate and heads south. The next two photos are in the area of the loop before heading south. This is pretty typical of what the area looks like. Don't let this fool you, spend some time looking this area over.
In this same area we photographed several deer that were traveling through this basin. Very few people stopped long enough to see them. They were hard to see!
A little hiking will give you a view of other unusual rock formations, like this one. At one time a lot of water ran through this small cut in the hill.
Keep any eye open for the Hoodoo's in the area just below the Interstate. This area is not flat, but hilly. There are some really nice rock formation to be found here.
You'll want to get out of your vehicle and walk around in different spots along the park road. There are petrified logs laying everywhere you look! Some are immense.
The park service had to support this petrified log that apparently either fell across this canyon or the canyon was washed out underneath the old petrified log, either way this gives a good idea of the size of these immense petrified logs.
On the hill behind the green bush was a large petrified log of the prettiest agate you ever saw. Look for Jasper Forest, Crystal Forest, Agate Bridge, and Giant Logs. It will help to stop at the visitors center. They have a beautiful dispay of Petrified Log pieces. Some are gem quality.
Here's a place we walked into that had the prettiest pieces of Agate you've ever seen. I hope they are still there. It is illegal to take any of the Petrified pieces that you find within the Park boundaries.
The petrified log in this photo runs the width of the photo and was approx. 3 1/2 ft. in diameter. There are a lot of surrounding areas that are privately owned where they still dig for agate from the petrified logs.
On the way out of the park we got onto road 180 headed east and after only a second or two we spotted a herd of Antelope. Here's a male chasing a female.
This is an interactive map, you can zoom in and out and drag it around.
These Petrified logs are millions of years old and are worth the time to go and see them. If you've never seen a Petrified Forest then this will be a great experience. Keep an eye open for wildlife and flowers too! Have fun --------
More info - Petrified Forest N.P. Web Site