Planning Your Time

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Planning Your Time

The Petrified Forest is the main attraction for most of Eastern Arizona's visitors; it's easy to see the fossils in just a few hours. Plan to reserve a day for the park and the surrounding Painted Desert, with one or two additional days for exploring the surrounding towns and areas. Depending on your preferences, you can add day trips and excursions. Fans of the great outdoors have their choice of activities in the White Mountains. Those who like a little less sweat in their vacations can hit the open road and explore historic Route 66 or the Coronado Trail.

Pinetop-Lakeside might be the best base for your trip, with a wide range of lodging facilities and amenities. Neighboring area towns, such as Snowflake-Taylor, have memorable motels and B&Bs. If solitude is your goal, consider staying at a lodge surrounded by private forest.

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