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Twenty miles east of Holbrook, Ariz., travelers along Interstate 40 can leave the highway and delight in a truly remarkable wonder of nature.
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.
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.
You've known about The Petrified Forest since childhood. It's the place in the desert where trees have been transformed into stone.
Dave Perry and Lisa Feltrin/The Explorer, Reddish petrified logs lie below a bluff at Blue Mesa.
Dave Perry and Lisa Feltrin/The Explorer, The enormous petrified tree dubbed "Old Faithful" crumbled at its base decades ago. The National Park Service built a concrete support to restore the log, something it would not do today.
Dave Perry and Lisa Feltrin/The Explorer, Snow, purple hills and a petrified log bring vivid color.
Dave Perry and Lisa Feltrin/The Explorer, Trees were buried by mud, silt, debris and ash, then absorbed silica, which hardened in the exact shape of ancient trunks.
Dave Perry and Lisa Feltrin/The Explorer, A tiny stream of melting snow carries sediments among exposed petrified logs at the Crystal Forest.
Dave Perry and Lisa Feltrin, Petrified logs lie on red dirt in the Painted Desert Wilderness Area.
The inspiration for art comes from the site itself.