I’ve driven through Arizona plenty of times over the years, whether it was passing through, going to Phoenix, the Grand Canyon, etc. And every time I have driven through Arizona, I always see signs on the side of Interstate 40 that have intrigued me, but for some odd reason for, regardless of who I am with, I have never made an effort to stop and check out anything.
I always thought about though. So in early August, I looked at my work schedule for the week and figured I had a nothing going on other than work. When I have those types of weeks going on, I always think to myself immediately that its perfect timing for a day trip and quickly plan an easy quick trip. With that in mind, I pulled up an app I use for learning about National Parks and where they are located called Chimani National Parks. The app is really cool because it gives opportunities to save money, plan your National Park Visits, and more.
While looking at the map that the app provides I saw the Petrified Forest National Park pop up and remember how I always wanted to see what it was all about. From Albuquerque, the drive was a little bit over 3 hours so it seemed like the perfect day trip. However, as for most day trips, I didn’t want to just go to one place. So I kept looking at the Chimani app to see if there was anything else near by that would be a great destination to visit as well and realized that too far away from the Petrified Forest was the Walnut Canyon National Monument.
I had never heard of it, so of course I Googled it and found out that was a cliff dwelling. My thought process was that I would be getting to visit an ancient forest and some more ruins. I had a plan in place I just need to wake up early the next day to have enough time to make the whole day trip and get back with plenty of time to relax in the evening before work the next day.
When thinking of the Petrified Forest, I think of just fossilized wood that is millions of years old. However, the Petrified Forest National Park is so much more than that. There are ruins, geological formations, and plenty of hiking trails. It was one of those day trips that I should have spent more time exploring the park instead of just rushing through. However, I did get to hike the Blue Mesa trail which is about a mile.
Stay tuned for a quick pit stop at the Meteor Crater, Walnut Canyon, and Window Rock