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Photo by David Velk

Pilot Rock (top left) and the Painted Desert Wilderness are just beginning to emerge from a heavy mantle of snow at Petrified Forest National Park. Ice, snow and freezing fog all brought varying kinds of inconvenience to Northern Arizona over the past two weeks, but travelers who persevered and toured Petrified Forest National Park found the groves of agatized giants for which it was named all the more stunning against a backdrop of white. Visitors planning to arrive after overnight snow or ice are encouraged to call ahead; hazardous driving conditions on the park road may result in delayed opening times. Updates on park road conditions after winter storms can be obtained by dialing (928) 524-6228, ext. 300.

Photo by David Velk

An ancient Juniper emerges from a swath of freezing fog along the Painted Desert Rim Road at Petrified Forest National Park. The park is open 364 days of the year, but is closed on Christmas Day. It will reopen on Monday, Dec. 26, for regular winter hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 

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