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A wilderness of sand--miles from human habitations, Painted Desert of Arizona

A wilderness of sand--miles from human habitations, Painted Desert of ...

Couple on wagon drawn by pair of mules in foreground. H29886 U.S. Copyright Office.

Painted Desert Views at Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona

Painted Desert Views at Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona

Petrified Forest is a surprising land of scenic wonders and fascinating science. The park is located in northeast Arizona and features one of the world's largest and most colorful concentrations of petrified wo... more

Painted Desert Views at Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona

Painted Desert Views at Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona

Petrified Forest is a surprising land of scenic wonders and fascinating science. The park is located in northeast Arizona and features one of the world's largest and most colorful concentrations of petrified wo... more

Petrified Wood at Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona

Petrified Wood at Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona

Petrified Forest is a surprising land of scenic wonders and fascinating science. The park is located in northeast Arizona and features one of the world's largest and most colorful concentrations of petrified wo... more

Painted Desert Views at Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona

Painted Desert Views at Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona

Petrified Forest is a surprising land of scenic wonders and fascinating science. The park is located in northeast Arizona and features one of the world's largest and most colorful concentrations of petrified wo... more

Petrified Wood at Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona

Petrified Wood at Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona

Petrified Forest is a surprising land of scenic wonders and fascinating science. The park is located in northeast Arizona and features one of the world's largest and most colorful concentrations of petrified wo... more

Petrified Wood at Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona

Petrified Wood at Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona

Petrified Forest is a surprising land of scenic wonders and fascinating science. The park is located in northeast Arizona and features one of the world's largest and most colorful concentrations of petrified wo... more

Petrified Wood at Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona

Petrified Wood at Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona

Petrified Forest is a surprising land of scenic wonders and fascinating science. The park is located in northeast Arizona and features one of the world's largest and most colorful concentrations of petrified wo... more

Petrified Wood at Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona

Petrified Wood at Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona

Petrified Forest is a surprising land of scenic wonders and fascinating science. The park is located in northeast Arizona and features one of the world's largest and most colorful concentrations of petrified wo... more

Petrified Wood at Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona

Petrified Wood at Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona

Petrified Forest is a surprising land of scenic wonders and fascinating science. The park is located in northeast Arizona and features one of the world's largest and most colorful concentrations of petrified wo... more

Petrified Wood at Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona

Petrified Wood at Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona

Petrified Forest is a surprising land of scenic wonders and fascinating science. The park is located in northeast Arizona and features one of the world's largest and most colorful concentrations of petrified wo... more

Petrified Wood at Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona

Petrified Wood at Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona

Petrified Forest is a surprising land of scenic wonders and fascinating science. The park is located in northeast Arizona and features one of the world's largest and most colorful concentrations of petrified wo... more

Painted Desert Views at Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona

Painted Desert Views at Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona

Petrified Forest is a surprising land of scenic wonders and fascinating science. The park is located in northeast Arizona and features one of the world's largest and most colorful concentrations of petrified wo... more

Painted Desert Views at Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona

Painted Desert Views at Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona

Petrified Forest is a surprising land of scenic wonders and fascinating science. The park is located in northeast Arizona and features one of the world's largest and most colorful concentrations of petrified wo... more

Petrified Wood at Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona

Petrified Wood at Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona

Petrified Forest is a surprising land of scenic wonders and fascinating science. The park is located in northeast Arizona and features one of the world's largest and most colorful concentrations of petrified wo... more

Painted Desert Views at Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona

Painted Desert Views at Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona

Petrified Forest is a surprising land of scenic wonders and fascinating science. The park is located in northeast Arizona and features one of the world's largest and most colorful concentrations of petrified wo... more

Arizona's painted desert

Arizona's painted desert

Digital image produced by Carol M. Highsmith to represent her original film transparency; some details may differ between the film and the digital images. Title, date, and keywords provided by the photographer.... more

Painted Desert Credit NPS-Stuart Holmes

Painted Desert Credit NPS-Stuart Holmes

Painted Desert in the morning

Giant Logs Trail
Sonsela Member, Chinle Formation NPS

Sonsela Member, Chinle Formation NPS

The blue, purple, and gray banded Sonsela Member along the Blue Mesa Trail.

Mesa Redondo Member, Chinle Formation NPS

Mesa Redondo Member, Chinle Formation NPS

Mesa Redondo Member outcrops in the park.

Blue Mesa Member, Chinle Formation NPS

Blue Mesa Member, Chinle Formation NPS

The colorful banded Tepees are Blue Mesa Member, Chinle Formation.

Puerco River Cottonwoods
Log in Painted Desert Credit NPS-Andrew V Kearns

Log in Painted Desert Credit NPS-Andrew V Kearns

A petrified log erodes from the Painted Desert

01-04-13 Devil's Playground - Hoodoos 2

01-04-13 Devil's Playground - Hoodoos 2

Blue, purple, and gray hoodoos tower against a blue sky in Devil's Playground

Tepees - sh

Tepees - sh

Credit NPS

01-04-13 Devil's Playground - Hoodoos 3

01-04-13 Devil's Playground - Hoodoos 3

Hoodoos in Devil's Playground

CCC Construction

CCC Construction

NPS Museum Collection

Owl Rock Member, Chinle Formation NPS

Owl Rock Member, Chinle Formation NPS

Owl Rock Member is red, pink, and purple at the north edge of the park.

Aetosaur Mount Tail - sh
Clam Beds Near Blue Mesa
Aetosaur Mount Tail - sh
Jasper Forest - avk
Phacelia sp.

Phacelia sp.

Credit NPS

Fossil Excavation NPS

Fossil Excavation NPS

Researchers protect fossils in plaster jackets at an excavation in the park.

03-14-15_5697 Vetch
Freshwater Clam Fossils NPS

Freshwater Clam Fossils NPS

Freshwater Clam Fossils

Petrified Forest Member, Chinle Formation NPS-HL

Petrified Forest Member, Chinle Formation NPS-HL

Petrified Forest Member becomes very red in the rain.

Long Logs Trail
Long Logs Trail

Long Logs Trail

Credit NPS

Newspaper Rock

Newspaper Rock

Credit NPS

Flattops

Flattops

Credit NPS

Hike to Martha's Butte
08-14-16_1610 Plant Fossils in the Tepees NPS-HL

08-14-16_1610 Plant Fossils in the Tepees NPS-HL

Plant Fossils embedded in the rock at the Tepees.

Jasper Forest Overlook
07-17-17 Angels' Garden in Petrified Forest National Wilderness Area

07-17-17 Angels' Garden in Petrified Forest National Wilderness Area

Petrified Logs in Angels' Garden in Petrified Forest National Wilderness Area

08-30-18 Pool of Water in Petrified Forest National Wilderness Area

08-30-18 Pool of Water in Petrified Forest National Wilderness Area

Pool of Water in Petrified Forest National Wilderness Area

02-04-17 Petroglyphs and Karen's Point Petrified Forest National Wilderness Area

02-04-17 Petroglyphs and Karen's Point Petrified Forest National Wilde...

Petroglyph on a balanced rock with Karen's Point in the background in Petrified Forest National Wilderness Area

04-06-17 Camping at Devils Playground

04-06-17 Camping at Devils Playground

Tent camping at Devils Playground

Fossilized tree specimens in the Petrified Forest, now part of a U.S. national park near Holbrook in Arizona's remote Navajo and Apache counties

Fossilized tree specimens in the Petrified Forest, now part of a U.S. ...

The park is replete with fossils, especially fallen trees, or parts of them, that lived in the Late Triassic Period, about 225 million years ago. The park's splendors, which now include colorful badlands called... more

Formations in the Petrified Forest, now part of a U.S. national park near Holbrook in Arizona's remote Navajo and Apache counties

Formations in the Petrified Forest, now part of a U.S. national park n...

The park is replete with fossils, especially fallen trees, or parts of them, that lived in the Late Triassic Period, about 225 million years ago. The park's splendors, which now include colorful badlands called... more

The Painted Desert Inn, originally built of petrified wood and other native stone and modified to this adobe configuration in the 1930s near Holbrook in Arizona's remote Navajo County

The Painted Desert Inn, originally built of petrified wood and other n...

The surrounding colorful badlands were named by an expedition under Francisco Vazquez de Coronado on his 1540 quest to find the Seven Cities of Cibola, which he located in what is now nearby Petrified Forest Na... more

Fossilized tree specimens in the Petrified Forest, now part of a U.S. national park near Holbrook in Arizona's remote Navajo and Apache counties

Fossilized tree specimens in the Petrified Forest, now part of a U.S. ...

The park is replete with fossils, especially fallen trees, or parts of them, that lived in the Late Triassic Period, about 225 million years ago. The park's splendors, which now include colorful badlands called... more

Fossilized tree specimens in the Petrified Forest, now part of a U.S. national park near Holbrook in Arizona's remote Navajo and Apache counties

Fossilized tree specimens in the Petrified Forest, now part of a U.S. ...

The park is replete with fossils, especially fallen trees, or parts of them, that lived in the Late Triassic Period, about 225 million years ago. The park's splendors, which now include colorful badlands called... more

Petroglyphs created by Puebloan peoples between 1250 and 1380 A.D. in what is now called the Petrified Forest, part of a U.S. national park near Holbrook in Arizona's remote Navajo and Apache counties

Petroglyphs created by Puebloan peoples between 1250 and 1380 A.D. in ...

The park is replete with fossils, especially fallen trees, or parts of them, that lived in the Late Triassic Period, about 225 million years ago. The park's splendors, which now include colorful badlands called... more

Fossilized tree specimens in the Petrified Forest, now part of a U.S. national park near Holbrook in Arizona's remote Navajo and Apache counties

Fossilized tree specimens in the Petrified Forest, now part of a U.S. ...

The park is replete with fossils, especially fallen trees, or parts of them, that lived in the Late Triassic Period, about 225 million years ago. The park's splendors, which now include colorful badlands called... more

Fossilized tree specimens in the Petrified Forest, now part of a U.S. national park near Holbrook in Arizona's remote Navajo and Apache counties

Fossilized tree specimens in the Petrified Forest, now part of a U.S. ...

The park is replete with fossils, especially fallen trees, or parts of them, that lived in the Late Triassic Period, about 225 million years ago. The park's splendors, which now include colorful badlands called... more

Formations in the Petrified Forest, now part of a U.S. national park near Holbrook in Arizona's remote Navajo and Apache counties

Formations in the Petrified Forest, now part of a U.S. national park n...

The park is replete with fossils, especially fallen trees, or parts of them, that lived in the Late Triassic Period, about 225 million years ago. The park's splendors, which now include colorful badlands called... more

04-22-16 Dying Grounds Metoposaur Fossils

04-22-16 Dying Grounds Metoposaur Fossils

Fossil bone fragments lay on the ground at Petrified Forest.

Fossilized tree specimens in the Petrified Forest, now part of a U.S. national park near Holbrook in Arizona's remote Navajo and Apache counties

Fossilized tree specimens in the Petrified Forest, now part of a U.S. ...

The park is replete with fossils, especially fallen trees, or parts of them, that lived in the Late Triassic Period, about 225 million years ago. The park's splendors, which now include colorful badlands called... more

Fossilized tree specimens in the Petrified Forest, now part of a U.S. national park near Holbrook in Arizona's remote Navajo and Apache counties

Fossilized tree specimens in the Petrified Forest, now part of a U.S. ...

The park is replete with fossils, especially fallen trees, or parts of them, that lived in the Late Triassic Period, about 225 million years ago. The park's splendors, which now include colorful badlands called... more

Fossilized tree specimens in the Petrified Forest, now part of a U.S. national park near Holbrook in Arizona's remote Navajo and Apache counties

Fossilized tree specimens in the Petrified Forest, now part of a U.S. ...

The park is replete with fossils, especially fallen trees, or parts of them, that lived in the Late Triassic Period, about 225 million years ago. The park's splendors, which now include colorful badlands called... more

Petroglyphs created by early indigenous peoples in the Petrified Forest, now part of a U.S. national park near Holbrook in Arizona's remote Navajo and Apache counties

Petroglyphs created by early indigenous peoples in the Petrified Fores...

The park is replete with fossils, especially fallen trees, or parts of them, that lived in the Late Triassic Period, about 225 million years ago. The park's splendors, which now include colorful badlands called... more

Petroglyphs created by Puebloan peoples between 1250 and 1380 A.D. in what is now called the Petrified Forest, part of a U.S. national park near Holbrook in Arizona's remote Navajo and Apache counties

Petroglyphs created by Puebloan peoples between 1250 and 1380 A.D. in ...

The park is replete with fossils, especially fallen trees, or parts of them, that lived in the Late Triassic Period, about 225 million years ago. The park's splendors, which now include colorful badlands called... more

Blue Mesa Member with Sonsela Member in the distance Credit NPS-Stuart Holmes

Blue Mesa Member with Sonsela Member in the distance Credit NPS-Stuart...

Blue-gray badlands of the Blue Mesa Member with bright ridge of Sonsela Member in the distance.