Today we visited the southern part of Petrified Forest National Park. We arrived at the south gate at 5:45 AM, half an hour before sunrise. Alas, the park would not open until 7 AM! Sigh, big SIGH…
Once the park opened, the rest of the day went better and we managed to see almost all of the viewpoints. We did three small hikes which were not too strenuous. This part of the park had a lot of petrified wood which you will see in most of the photos below. Some looked like rock, others still looked like wood, but they were all hard as … rock.
There were many petroglyphs created by ancestral Puebloans who lived in the area between 650 and 2,000 years ago.
Finally, I should mention this: in Holbrook we have been staying at the Wigwam motel where each room looks like a tepee. Inside there is a bedroom with two beds, a modern bathroom and shower, a heater an an air conditioner. The tepee is made of something hard like cement.
Distance driven to date: 6,919 miles.