"Petrified Forest National Park" Top 5 Page for this destination Petrified Forest National Park by Yaqui

Approximately 225 million years ago, during the Triassic Period, a floodplain existed here – littered with fallen trees. Periodic flooding buried the logs beneath layers of silt. Over time, silica-laden waters filtered through these deposit and petrified the wood by encasing the trees’ organic material with minerals.

Iron oxides give petrified wood its distinctive red, yellow, and orange hues; manganese oxides produce blues, purples and deep blacks, while the original carbon produces the shades of gray. Centuries of erosion washed away concealing sediment deposits to expose these remnants of Triassic woodlands.

Completion of the nearby railway line in 1882 provided early travelers – and relic hunters – easy access to the Petrified Forest. Many tons of petrified wood were carried away, piece by piece, in railway cars. Outrage against the forest devastation contributed to the establishment of Petrified Forest as a National Monument in 1906.

Much of the information from many of my pages come from historical markers, plaques, or panels. The Petrified Forest National Park has many of the panels with wonderful historical documentation of the history and development of the park.

  • Last visit to Petrified Forest National Park: Dec 2012
  • Intro Updated Oct 6, 2013
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  • hopang's Profile Photo
    Dec 31, 2013 at 7:07 AM

    Fascinating travel pages on Petrified Forest National Park. Those amazing photographs especially on Crystal Forest and Blue Mesa Areas certainly impress us a lot. They are really beautiful indeed! Hope we have the chance to really see them one day. We also love the Agate House. We are not sure whether we can take the heat as it seems lots of walking is required. ~ho & pang

  • Kuznetsov_Sergey's Profile Photo
    Nov 29, 2013 at 6:47 AM

    This National Park looks very attractive for visitors. I liked the Tepee area (I've never heard about it) and the tip with the famous "Main Street of America" - Route 66 which I happened to see last year...

  • starship's Profile Photo
    Oct 28, 2013 at 7:09 AM

    Thanks for sharing these stunning photos and information. Although beautiful, the landscape is not what I would have expected. Hope I can visit here some day!

  • MalenaN's Profile Photo
    Oct 27, 2013 at 10:18 PM

    Very interesting with the petrified logs, and beautiful colourful landscape! I like the name Painted Desert!

  • Mikebb's Profile Photo
    Oct 21, 2013 at 6:41 AM

    nice page Dee ' petrified forests ' amazing how long they last . Enjoyed your Photos

  • kris-t's Profile Photo
    Oct 13, 2013 at 4:25 PM

    Nice page! Lots of work here.


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