04/02 Petrified Forest Day 2

April 02, 2018  •  3 Comments

So, got up early this morning in anticipation of a full day in my first national park of this trip.  Was fixing breakfast when my wife called and had a nice chat with her while she was travelling to church to count all the haul from Easter sunday.  Fixed myself a couple breakfast burritos in my little cooker and here I am sitting down to enjoy the feast.

The park opened at 8AM and I wanted to be one of the first there.  I got to the south entrance to the park at 8:01AM.  I immediately headed to where all the petrified logs were and here are a few from the long logs, the Crystal Forest and Jasper Forest.

Across from the Jasper Forest is the Agate Bridge.  Here is a shot of the bridge which is really a petrified tree trunk across a small wash and reinforced with concrete so it doesn't collapse.  Pretty cool.

From the Agate Bridge I traveled on the main road until I found the feeder road to the Blue Mesa.  This is like the badlands of the Petrified Forest.  There is a mile long trail through this mesa which I decided to walk.  I took a bunch of photos of this with my DSLR, but here are a couple I took with my phone.  If you look closely at the third image you will be able to see the paved path through the mesa.

From the Blue Mesa I continued on the road until I got to the Teepees.  I did not take any photos of this area with my phone!  So here is an image from my real camera.

Next was a stop at newspaper rock.  This was an area containing a big jumble of large rocks and some of them had petroglyphs on them (ancient graffiti).  They were too far away to get with my phone, but I put on my big lens and got some with the big camera.  Here is an example.

The last area that I did not get to last night was the Puerco Pueblo.  This is an ancient ruins from about 1300 AD when native indians inhabited the banks of the Puerco River.  There were also some petroglyphs here which I will include an image of.  A quick note about these petroglyphs.  Several years ago Julie and I made a wonderful trip to one of the most beautiful areas in our country, Sedona, AZ.  We visited the Petrified Forest NP as a side trip and during that visit you were able to climb right down to these petroglyphs.  Now they have a railing up to prevent you doing that.  Guess there have been past problems with vandals.  Anyway, here are the images.

Tomorrow I am back on the road traveling 210 miles to Page, AZ.  Stay tuned for more fun!


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Jim(non-registered)
Although I have been close a couple of times, I have never been to the petrified forest - need to add that to my "bucket list". How cool is that - the loggers just left their logs lying there and they turned to stone (;o). Here in Oregon they would have simply rotted away. Once again, love the petroglyphs.
Rick(non-registered)
Nice images Dave! I think those petrified trees are really something!
Sheena(non-registered)
I loved this place, we have to let you see our photos some day.
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