Petrified Forest National Park is a United States national park in
Navajo and Apache counties in northeastern Arizona. The park's
headquarters are about 26 miles (42 km) east of Holbrook along
Interstate 40 (I-40), which parallels a railroad line, the Puerco River,
and historic U.S. Route 66, all crossing the park roughly east–west.
Named for its large deposits of petrified wood, the park covers about
146 square miles (380 km2), encompassing semi-desert shrub steppe as
well as highly eroded and colorful badlands. The site, the northern part
of which extends into the Painted Desert, was declared a National
Monument in 1906 and a national park in 1962. About 600,000 people visit
the park each year and take part in activities including sightseeing,
photography, hiking, and backpacking. The Petrified Forest is known for
its fossils, especially fallen trees that lived in the Late Triassic,
about 225 million years ago. The sediments containing the fossil logs
are part of the widespread and colorful Chinle Formation, from which the
Painted Desert gets its name.
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