211 Million years ago, this was a tree. Today it’s an eighty foot long fossil. Now there are only a few hundred full size and thousands of partial tress here. For $20 pass that is good for a week you get this and the Painted Desert too.
The basics are during the rise of the dinosaurs life was a forest here. Shallow water with a prefect muddy low oxygen shallow waterway… add millions of years and here you are. This area resembles the Badlands with color. It’s in a barren open meadow landscape. Although fairly flat, the dry area and erosion of heavy winter moisture has made for a.surreal world.
There are multiple visit centers. Plenty of history here. Good displays of what preceeded Dinosaurs and the human impact. This spreads over 30 miles of pavement. Good for all ages. You walk among the petrified trees. People sit on a Triassiac tree for family pictures!
Ok eye candy below
This piece of paradise is an hour from Flagstaff and three hours south of the Grand Canyon. I40 runs through the Northern part and Holbrook, AZ had food half hour away.