Petrified Forest National Park: It’s a Wood! It’s a Rock! It’s a Fossil!

Petrified Forest National Park - colorful petrified wood

Our visit to Petrified Forest National Park was part of our road trip to the southwest region from three years ago. When we got there, it’s closed to 4 pm. and we weren’t sure what time it got dark. There are two entrances to this park: South Entrance and North Entrance, and the distance from one end to the other end are 28 miles (45 km) that takes about an hour of driving. Since we came from Tucson, we entered through the South Entrance.

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Hidden Wonder: Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Carlsbad Caverns NP, Big Rook tour, Doll's Theater.

Speaking about hidden wonder that make your jaw drops, New Mexico has one called Carlsbad Caverns National Park. This park consists of more than 119 known caves – all formed when sulfuric acid dissolved the surrounding limestone, leaving behind caverns of all sizes. There are two ways to enter this hidden wonder, by walking the Natural Entrance (steep, 1.25 miles) or taking the elevator down into the Big Room.

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