Jasper Forest, originally called First Forest as it was the first part of the park accessed from Adamana, a town the railroad tracks passed through, has a high concentration of wood. To prevent full-scale looting, the road that once ran here was closed, but you can now take a nice long walk among hundreds of piece of petrified wood, some full-length although in sections. Remember that I told you they fall apart in piece due to their weight? And as I’m sure you now know, the Jasper Forest isn’t made of jasper but of…what else? Petrified wood, which is actually a fossil.

The variety of minerals make beautiful colors. There are so many beauties here that I found I finally had to stop taking photos. Each one looked as good or better than the last, finally causing a feeling of burnout. I did continue to marvel at them, though.

Everywhere you look you see more petrified wood and who knows how much lie still covered?

Friday will be our last day in Petrified Forest. Not much walking but some lovely pieces of petrified wood. Still having fun?

Comments
  1. restlessjo says:

    Totally weird and wonderful, Janet. It’s like being on another planet.

  2. bushboy says:

    Fabulous janet, the colours are wonderful 🙂

  3. peggy says:

    Great photos. The colors in this petrifiied wood are beautiful. This rugged landscape is simply wonderful to me.

  4. Still so amazing and strange, and still loving the vacation 😀

  5. What an incredible place. It’s definitely not what I envision when I hear the word “forest”!

  6. Cee Neuner says:

    Oh Janet, I’ve so been enjoying this series of yours. Love this kind of forest 😀

  7. The petrified wood is just amazing!

  8. Resa says:

    That looks amazing, Janet. I’ve always wondered what a petrified forest looks like. Thank you!

  9. Leya says:

    Amazing place! The colours are exceptional and the place looks like another planet.

  10. DeWetsWild says:

    I find this utterly fascinating, Janet! Can you perhaps recall how old these fossilised trees are? Are there any fossils of the animals and birds that roamed these ancient forests as well?

    • There are some other fossils and you might see some on Friday. 😉 This is what I found for the age of the trees: “According to isotopic geological data reported by the National Park Service, trees in the Petrified Forest National Park in Arizona are between 211 and 218 million years old.”

      As I believe in a young earth and a worldwide flood, which would cause tremendous pressure and speed things up, I take that with more than one grain of salt. But there you have it. 😉

  11. Wow out of this world. Awesome read

  12. I love photographing petrified wood, and I enjoyed your images, Janet. I once enlarged one of my photos & framed it as a gift. It is so beautiful. 🌞

  13. Wind Kisses says:

    Fascinating photos, Janet. The colors are bright, crisp and the detail of the wood is clear. I’ll bet you were happy with your photos when you got home. I love that you took photos of the wood tucked around the grass. I hadn’t seen much vegetation there and the green is a great contrast.

    • I was happy with them, Donna . As I mentioned in a few other comments, it was really better for photos to have the sky with the dramatic clouds than it would’ve been if it were just sunny. The vegetation reminded me of the last time we went through the Badlands and everything was green. That’s something I’ve never seen before and it was amazing.

  14. myplace3187 says:

    The petrified wood has many incredible colours. I have seen such dark colors mixed together like this. The light ones might be pine??