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Petrified Forest Petroglyphs, AZ
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Petrified Forest Petroglyphs, AZ 
Petrified Forest Petroglyphs, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 16 2020
Hansenaz
Hiking17.25 Miles 2,201 AEG
Hiking17.25 Miles   14 Hrs      1.23 mph
2,201 ft AEG
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I had to use up some vacation days so I decided to camp out at the Holbrook EconoLodge and do some day hikes in the Petrified Forest. I've been to many nice places up there and planned to visit some new ones.

The first day a ranger saw me returning to my car and told me I wasn't allowed to be off the pavement (indeed the sign says that). I explained that back country hiking is allowed and you have to park somewhere. He mentioned calling "law enforcement" but eventually came around and told me I need to talk to the Park Resource Officer. (I got the distinct impression several times that the Park people you see are volunteers and rangers who deal exclusively with casual tourists and don't know much about Park details relevant to hikers.) Anyway, next morning I did talk to the Park Science/Resource Officer who told me I was right. The caveats are 1) that you are not allowed to hike out of the Park and then back in (relevant because some places of interest are on adjacent private land), and 2) some areas are marked "permit only", this because they are on checkerboard land involving State Trust land. Since I have a state permit I was AOK.

Day 1
I walked to an excavated (then reburied) ruin site that has an impressive large round dance circle Not much to see but a little pottery. Then I did a real nice mesa top and bottom walk to some excellent petroglyphs. About 6mi all together.

Day 2
I really wanted to get to a particular more remote petroglyph site. I had a good guess where it was based on some internet research that led me to a Chinese post whose author loves petroglyphs, saying in Google Chinese: "Just be careful not to damage it. Whoever messes and destroys things here, I will curse you for being a dwarf, ugly, poor and smelly fat house in your next life!". I was careful.

This was about 8.5mi round trip through varied country to a really great assemblage of petroglyphs. These first two days were fantastic.

Day3
I planned to walk from Rainbow Forest a mile north to a mesa edge where some topo maps say "Petroglyphs". I discovered along the way though that my camera was not going to work. (Intermittent problem had become permanent.) So it was just as well I saw hardly any glyphs. I then drove south down the Little Colorado to a site that I learned about from a HAZ buddy the day before. That was a good one - but no pics so I'll be back another time.
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