Painted desert - you have to catch this desert at sunset for the colors.  Otherwise it looks like any other desert.

Painted desert - you have to catch this desert at sunset for the colors. Otherwise it looks like any other desert.

Arizona - worked in Phoenix summer 2008 at TFA institute (Salt River, Petrified Forest, painted desert); Grand Canyon trip with students spring 2011

Arizona - worked in Phoenix summer 2008 at TFA institute (Salt River, Petrified Forest, painted desert); Grand Canyon trip with students spring 2011

Painted Desert within the Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona; photo by David Waldo

Painted Desert Yellow Bands

Arizona's Painted Desert lives up to its name, but it's only one small part of an ochre stretch of the Southwest—one of our favorite drives in the entire country. On a cross-country trip, there's a leisurely way from Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon's South Rim that passes by the Hoover Dam, Lake Mead, Lake Powell, Zion National Park, Antelope Canyon, Navajo Nation, and (finally) the Painted Desert

10 Iconic American Road Trips to Take At Least Once

Arizona's Painted Desert lives up to its name, but it's only one small part of an ochre stretch of the Southwest—one of our favorite drives in the entire country. On a cross-country trip, there's a leisurely way from Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon's South Rim that passes by the Hoover Dam, Lake Mead, Lake Powell, Zion National Park, Antelope Canyon, Navajo Nation, and (finally) the Painted Desert

Painted Desert Arizona | Painted Desert.    None of these photos give the desert any justice there's nothing like it in this world...

Arizona's Painted Desert

Painted Desert Arizona | Painted Desert. None of these photos give the desert any justice there's nothing like it in this world...

The Amazing Colored Petrified Forest A sun-swept corner of the Painted Desert in Arizona, USA

The Amazing Colored Petrified Forest A sun-swept corner of the Painted Desert in Arizona, USA

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