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Painted Desert - 4 Things to Know Before Visiting

Painted Desert, Arizona 86031, USA

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About Painted Desert

The Painted Desert is a United States desert of badlands in the Four Corners area, running from near the east end of Grand Canyon National Park and southeast into Petrified Forest National Park. It is most easily accessed from the north portion of Petrified Forest National Park. The Painted Desert is known for its brilliant and varied colors: these include the more common red rock, but also shades of lavender.


Attractions Near Painted Desert

Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site

Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site is a historic trading post on the outskirts of the town of Ganado , Arizona , United States . The station was founded in 1876 by John Lorenzo Hubbell and was one of the most important trade establishments with the region's Native Americans, primarily the Navajo people, but also the Hopi and Zuni people . It is still in operation today and serves as one of the most important trading posts for Navajo arts and crafts .

Kachina Point
Kachina Point53.49km from Painted Desert

Kachina Point overlooks the red part of the Painted Desert, located about 2 miles from the north entrance of Petrified Forest National Park. The overlook is reached by an easy accessible trail behind the Painted Desert Inn National Historic Landmark. This is also the trailhead of the Kachina Point Trail which provides access to the northern wilderness area unit.

Painted Desert Inn
Painted Desert Inn53.5km from Painted Desert

Painted Desert Inn is a lodge in the Petrified Forest National Park , Arizona .It was built in the period 1937-1940 to a design by architect Lyle E. Bennett et al. In 1963 it was closed and there were plans to demolish it. In 1976 the lodge was reopened on a limited basis.The rustic building has been a National Historic Landmark since 1987. It has housed a museum and bookstore since 2006.

Painted Desert Rim
Painted Desert Rim54.07km from Painted Desert

The Painted Desert is a United States desert of badlands in the Four Corners area, running from near the east end of Grand Canyon National Park and southeast into Petrified Forest National Park. It has a beautiful array of colors from deep purple to verdant green, from dark rusty red to pale pink. The Painted Desert seems to go on for miles and miles into the flat Arizona landscape. You can walk along the edge of the Painted Desert for half a mile between viewpoints by using this trail.

Petrified Forest National Park
Petrified Forest National Park55.53km from Painted Desert

Petrified Forest National Park near the southern margin of the Colorado Plateau in the Painted Desert area of east-central Arizona is an area of spectacular scenery formed primarily from the Chinle Formation about some 225 – 208 Ma during the late Triassic. The area within the park proper is 146 square miles , but, since 2005, additional land parcels have been acquired and placed under park administration, so that the entire protected area now totals 346 square miles.

Painted Desert Visitor Center
Painted Desert Visitor Center55.59km from Painted Desert

The Painted Desert is a United States desert of badlands in the Four Corners area, running from near the east end of Grand Canyon National Park and southeast into Petrified Forest National Park. It is most easily accessed from the north portion of Petrified Forest National Park. The Painted Desert is known for its brilliant and varied colors: these include the more common red rock, but also shades of lavender.

Where is Painted Desert

Discover More Attractions in Navajo County, Where Painted Desert Is Located

Navajo County
Navajo County
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Navajo County is in the northern part of the U.S. state of Arizona. It contains parts of the Hopi Indian reservation, the Navajo Nation, and Fort Apache Indian Reservation, one of the largest contiguous ponderosa pine forest in North America.

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