Holbrook in Navajo County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)
The Painted Desert
An aerial view of the Painted Desert reveals tie-dyed corrugated hills of highly colored sedimentary rock, mostly soft, fine-grained mudstone and claystone. Also present are harder beds of more somber-colored siltstone, sandstone, and conglomerate. The wide range of reddish color in these rocks is due to the presence of iron minerals.
The Chinle Formation is a storehouse of plant and animal fossils that provided evidence of a time when giant amphibians and reptiles ruled the Earth. If you look deep into the Painted Desert, you may see large fragments of petrified wood.
Erected by Petrified National Forest Services.
Location. 35° 3.785′ N, 109° 48.159′ W. Marker is in Holbrook, Arizona, in Navajo County. Marker can be reached from Petrified Forest Road, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Holbrook AZ 86025, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Early Explorers A Gap in the Geologic Record (approx. 0.6 miles away); Route 66 (approx. 0.8 miles away); Painted Desert Community Complex Historic District (approx. 1.2 miles away); Desert Vistas (approx. 1.3 miles away); Painted Desert / Finding Fossils (approx. 1.4 miles away); Painted Desert Inn (approx. 1.6 miles away); Badlands (approx. 1.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Holbrook.
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