The next stop on my adventure to the 2013 National Roller Skating Championships is the Petrified Forest National Park. I have to say that this was probably my favorite stop on the trip. The first several viewpoints (north of the I-40) overlook the Painted Desert, which is a pretty view, but somewhat reminiscent of the scenery on the drive. South of the I-40, however, are some of the most fantastic natural settings I have seen. There are natural and man-made historic sights, most of which are totally worth seeing. If you find yourself passing through Arizona, I highly recommend the Petrified National Forest as a worthwhile detour.
|A view of the Painted Desert|
|A view of the Painted Desert after a (very windy) thunderstorm.
The change in colors is stunning!
|Old car as a monument to Route 66.|
|Newspaper Rock – If you look closely at the base of the rock
you can see man made petroglyphs.
|This was probably the my favorite portion of the drive –
the colors in the rock are absolutely breath-taking!
|The Petrified Forest!|
|Look at all of the beautiful colors!|