From the bloggers at We’re The Russos.
By far, one of the most unique and memorable National Parks we have visited is Petrified Forest in Northern Arizona. This park lets you take a step back in time hundreds of millions of years ago to a place where dinosaurs roamed among the giant Triassic trees.
Petrified Forest National Park has one of the best collection of fossils from the Late Triassic Period. It’s hard to believe that the colorful crystalized quartz are trunks of massive trees that once stood erect in the forest. Some of the trees are estimated to have been as tall as 200 feet.
The park is dog friendly and allows leashed pets on marked trails as well as backpacking in the wilderness area. We took Leo for a nice walk on a few trails since it wasn’t too hot during our visit.
Trails range from 0.3 miles to 2 miles round trip and offer views of the painted desert and up close views of newspaper rock, long logs and giant logs in the park.
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