Petrified Forest National Park

We went backpacking at Petrified Forest National Park. We hiked out into the painted desert wilderness area, where there are no trails- you simply go wherever you want to go. This is where we chose to camp, and the view from our site.

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The reddish colors in the badlands made this whole park so pretty.

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We were shocked by how much petrified wood there was everywhere you turned. Plus they made for great seats out in the backcountry!

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First time actually backpacking with our new REI light backpacking tent.

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Making breakfast and hot tea in the morning after a VERY cold night!

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Because we’ve been having to spend so much money on all of the gear we need for our upcoming Mt. Hood climb, we still don’t have proper backpacking packs, hence the super overloaded pack…

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Pictures from along our hike back to our car. Jeb thought he saw a faster way to get back. It turned out to be a much more direct route, but a difficult path of scrambling over loose rock, sand, and scree! Oh well, it was a nice thought!

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We made it back to the car, dropped off our heavy packs and then headed out to the overlook to take some more pictures of where we had been.

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Later that day we headed to some of the shorter scenic hikes in the park. We did two hikes that took us into places with some of the most and prettiest petrified wood.

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Cause I could totally roll this piece…

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We absolutely loved Petrified Forest National Park! We honestly weren’t going into with super high expectations, but it did not disappoint. We are planning a trip back already because we were unable to get permits on this trip for going into the Devil’s Playground.

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