|Here we are at Petrified Forest NP!|
Again, there are more than 600 ruins of the Puebloan cultures here, and they are still studying them to this day. It's difficult to imagine, when you are there, how anyone could have even survived in such an arid, hostile environment, but then maybe it was a little more hospitable then. It's a long drive through the park, and you can stop at several view points and attractions throughout. There is some hiking, which is optional, and you can view the various geologically significant landmarks there.
|The hike through Blue Mesa trail is easy and paved.|
|It was cool to see the nostalgic "Painted Desert Hotel.|
|Old Route 66 passes through this National Park.|