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Beauty here was millions of years in the making
Chunks of petrified wood sprinkle the landscape along Blue Mesa Trail in Petrified Forest National Park, with blue-grey hills of Bentonite clay standing in the background.
Turned to stone millions of years ago, huge multi-colored logs of petrified wood stand strong at Petrified Forest National Park, east of Holbrook, Ariz.
Along Giant Logs Trail behind Petrified Forest National Park’s south entrance visitor center, massive pieces of petrified wood lay trailside. Visited by more than 600,000 annually, Arizona offers some of the most colorful examples in the world.
Around 1050 to 1300 A.D., Puebloan People built and inhabited an eight-room pueblo using blocks of petrified wood and clay mortar as construction material.
Along Interstate 40 in eastern Arizona are the beautiful low hills of the Painted Desert. On this day, monsoon thunderstorms were building on the horizon.