Are you heading through the American Southwest? Whether you've got a few hours or a few days, stop by Petrified Forest National Park to get a glimpse into the rich, ecological history that this region has to offer.
With colorful rock mesas, petrified wood, and ancient Pueblo ruins, this park will redefine what your idea of "desert" can be. Here, you'll be able to completely customize your trip. No matter the time constraint, you'll be able to see the best of the park from a quick day trip along the main park road. If you've got a few extra days and an adventurous spirit, however, you might be tempted to take your pack, and maybe even your horse, into the designated wilderness areas to explore the park on your own.
While there are no campsites within the park, you'll have options to stay at the nearest city - Holbrook - or head north to the Canyon de Chelly National Monument to knock out two parks in the American southwest, all in one breathtaking trip.