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Continuing my tour of National Parks in the area, I headed out of Winslow - destination Petrified Forest National Park and the Painted Desert.

More lots of photos; did some walking on the paths. Amazing that at once this desert was a swamp with huge trees.

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The park road crosses under the interstate.  I-40 was the original route for US 66 in this area.  Stop by along the road to see the historic marker.  There is no access to I-40 at that point.  

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When you crossed the interstate and the scenery changes. Previouslt, I had thought that on the North side of I-40 was the "Painted Desert part of the park.  Since then, I have spent the time to read a book that I have picked up.  The Painted Desert is a large section of Arizona from the Colorado River at Page to (and including) the Petrified Forest.

It was sunny most of the day, threatening some showers from the South. Did get a couple drops on the windshield. Much of the drive was under clouds. Bright sunshine broke out near the end. Think the overcast dampened the colors in the desert.

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