Driving deeper into Arizona, we entered a fantastical landscape known as the Painted Desert.

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The Painted Desert is a vast area of Arizona that includes both Grand Canyon and Petrified Forest National Parks. Some people have described the landscape as rock rainbow, others have said it resembled a multi-colored, many layered cake. No matter what you prefer to compare it to, the colorful sediments and rocks combined with the Arizona sun create magnificent views.

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In addition to the natural beauty, petroglyphs also decorate the rocks.

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As mysterious as the petroglyphs seem, there is an even stranger phenomenon found in the Painted Desert — a petrified forest of giant fallen trees.

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The logs are actually a three dimensional representation of the original tree turned into stone.  They look totally real!!  Like you could burn them.  In fact, a lot of what was laying around the desert seemed as if someone had cut the logs and then split them into firewood.  But when you pick them up or touch them, you know you are not touching wood.  The “logs” are cold, hard, solid stone.

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