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Junction of Interstate Highway #40

2.0
3.2
View from highway
Petrified Forest National Park, AZ Crystal Forest. - A north-south corridor connects the two areas of the park. On the north side is the Painted Dessert (part of the badlands of the Upper Triassic Chinle Formation). The south side has several areas of fossilized petrified wood and colorful topography.
3.9
6.3
View from highway
Petrified Forest, AZ, National Park, Crystal Forest.
4.8
7.7
Point of Information
Crossing the Puerco River, AZ.
5.9
9.5
Access to Pueblo Lookout
East side of highway.
5.9
9.5
Access to Newspaper Lookout
Newspaper Rock - West side of highway.
7.8
12.5
Petrified Forest, National Park, Crystal Forest, AZ
Tepees oadside turnout with information sign and lookout view area. Photo is view from Tepees lookout area.
7.8
12.5
View from highway - Petrified Forest, National Park, Crystal Forest, AZ
View from Tepees lookout view area.
9.5
15.3
Access to Blue Mesa, AZ
East of highway-3.5 miles. Roadside turnout, gravel, no services.
9.8
15.7
Point of Information
Crossing East Fork Wash, AZ.
10.0
16.1
View from highway
Petrified Forest, National Park, Crystal Forest, AZ.
10.0
16.1
View from highway
Petrified Forest, National Park, Crystal Forest, AZ.
10.3
16.5
Point of Information
Crossing Dry Wash.
11.5
18.5
Petrified Forest, National Park, Crystal Forest, AZ
Agate Bridge - East side of highway. Photo of an Agate Bridge petrified log.
11.5
18.5
Petrified Forest, National Park, Crystal Forest, AZ
Photo of an Agate Bridge petrified log. 'Enthusiastic visitors fascinated by Agate Bridge worked to preserve it through the establishment of Petrified Forest National Monument of 1906.'
12.6
20.3
Access to Jasper Forest lookout area
West of highway-0.5 miles.
17.6
28.3
Petrified Forest, National Park, Crystal Forest, AZ
Photo from Crystal Forest view area.
17.6
28.3

Petrified Forest, National Park, Crystal Forest, AZ.
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28.3

From Crystal Forest view area.
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28.3
Petrified Forest, National Park, Crystal Forest
From Wood to Stone. Crystal Forest. The permineralized wood fossils belong to the Araucariaceae tree family, which survives in isolated locations in the Southern Hemisphere, but has become extinct in the Northern Hemisphere.
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28.3

Photo taken from Crystal Forest, AZ view area. - In flooding, the trees were washed from where they grew and accumulated in sandy river channels, where they were buried by layers of gravely sand, rich in volcanic ash from volcanoes further to the west. The volcanic ash was the source of the silica that helped to permineralize the buried logs, replacing wood with silica, colored with oxides of iron and manganese.
17.6
28.3

Taken from Crystal Forest view area.
17.6
28.3

Taken from Crystal Forest view area.
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28.7
View from highway
Petrified Forest, National Park, Crystal Forest
18.1
29.2
Roadside turnout view point
West side of highway.
19.9
32.1
Point of Information
Crossing Jim Camp Wash.
20.1
32.3

Rainbow Forest Museum and lookout area. Photo taken from Rainbow Forest trail area.
20.1
32.3

Taken from Rainbow Forest trail area.
20.1
32.3

Taken from Rainbow Forest trail area.
20.8
33.4
Point of Information
Crossing Cottonwood Wash.
22.2
35.8
National Parks entrance booth

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36.9
Junction of Highway #180
North to city of Holbrook, AZ. South to City of St Johns, AZ. St. Johns, AZ is a jumping off point for numerous prehistoric dwellings, petroglyph trails, and archeaological finds. The Petrified Forest, 43 miles northwest of St. Johns, is the largest forest of petrified wood from the Triassic time on earth. Nearby, the Painted Desert attracts thousands of visitors each year to marvel at the famous formations. Further north, day trips to the Apache, Navajo, and Hopi reservations Start / Finish of Highway Travel Guide. - Se