Secrets Of The Petrified Forest National Park

Petrified Forest

Petrified Forest National Park is located in the southwest of the Colorado Plateau which is belonging to the northeast Arizona of the United States. It covers an area of 380 square kilometers. The north and south is about 44 kilometers long, up to 33km wide from east to west. The interstate 40 road, BNSF and a major tributary of the Colorado named River Puerco River, they all passing through the park. Petrified Forest National Park is shrub grassland filled with height erosion, colorful and half desert. The average elevation of the park is about 1600 meters, and the highest Pilot Rock is about 1900 meters above sea level.

Even though Petrified Forest National Park is called forest park, actually there is no forest in the park and trees are very few, even as a view of the semi desert shrubs, grass and sand. Same with above, petrified wood only appears in large parts of the park as well.

Petrified Forest National Park was founded in 1962 and its predecessor was founded in 1906 named National Monument. Every year, more than 600 thousand visitors come to national fossil forest park and bring the local economy into crisis. It is well known for fossil, especially the Triassic fern and plants of the genus cycas revoluta, ginkgo tree, as well as the giant reptile fossils, which all lived in 2.25 million years ago. On the other hand, the mainly attraction is fossil trees which exposed in Crystal Forest and Agate bridge.

The visitor center is near the north doorway. Travelers can get relevant information and 20 minutes of movies which about the Petrified Forest National Park. There is a hotel in the north entrance, Painted Desert Inn. In the southern entrance travelers can visit the Rainbow Forest Museum and purchase a fossil, agate and rock for friends in the gift shop.

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