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The Painted Desert is a United States desert of badlands in the Four Corners area, running from near the east end of Grand Canyon National Park and southeast into Petrified Forest National Park.

Our good friends and island neighbors are having fun discovering the USA, but not in a Chevrolet. These parts are most easily accessed from the north portion of Petrified Forest National Park.

According to Visit Arizona, When Spanish explorer Francisco Vazquez de Coronado traveled through this area in the 1540s, he called the multi-hued expanse of pigmented rock “El Desierto Pintado.” Today, travelers driving along I-40 are treated to a landscape of badlands that extend some 150 miles from the eastern end of the Grand Canyon into Petrified National Forest. The mesas in the area climb up in stratified layers pigmented by pink, orange and purple mineral deposits. Much of this colorful destination lies in remote areas of the Navajo Nation, where tribal regulations are enforced.,Canyon%20into%20Petrified%20National%20Forest.

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