Just off Interstate 40 in eastern Arizona, Petrified Forest National Park, which encompasses part of the Painted Desert, merits a visit. The 218,500-acre/88,400-hectare park is filled with colorful rocks and petrified (fossilized) prehistoric trees of varying sizes. Dinosaur remains have also been unearthed there, including a prized specimen from the Mesozoic era that was uncovered in 1984. Although it may be tempting, grabbing a sample of petrified wood is illegal and is said to bring bad luck. Visitors can pick up a souvenir at one of the authorized shops instead.
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