Today we headed up to the Petrified Forest and Painted Desert National Parks. Even though they have different names, the parks are combined. We started on the North side at the visitors center and watched a movie on the parks.
The drive through the parks is about 30 miles. Along the way there are various overlooks and places to do short hikes. We stopped to see the refurbished Painted Desert Inn. This was also a Harvey House Hotel in the 50’s. Another stop was the old Studebaker where old RT 66 was. Looking at it you wouldn’t have known there was ever a road there. We also stopped to walk along some old pueblo dwellings and see hundreds of petroglyphs.