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“Spooky, but oh so beautiful”

Little Painted Desert County Park
Ranked #5 of 16 things to do in Winslow
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were told about this out of the way hidden treasure and had to go and see for ourselves. It is located by getting off Route 40 onto Route Az 87 and traveling past Homolovi State Park and continuing on this road for about 15-16 miles. You turn on to Painted Desert Drive, which is a road in pretty rough shape. This park has been deserted by the County and there are no facilities. It is an empty and desolate place and we were the only people there. A bit spooky. But, there are spectacular views of the colorful, banded hillsides, which look like a combination of artist palate and Zabriski Point in Death Valley. You can hike down into the valley, but I would not, as you are warned that it is treacherous and it sure looks it. It certainly is a hidden gem.

Thank jer b
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Reviewed 22 April 2018

If you're visiting Winslow and stop out at Homolovi State Park then you need to drive the additional 13 miles north to see this little place. Drive north on highway 87 13 miles past Homolovi to mile marker 360. On the left, you will see an old radio tower right before the left hand turn and and old petrified wood county park marker. Turn in and drive on the pot holed road to the overlook.

The place is in need of an overhaul as others have said so don't expect anything but the view is amazing. We were the only ones there at the time. Looks like there is an old trail down to the bottom but it hasn't been maintained in XX years. Attached a picture.

Will stop again in the future at sunset.

Thank Southwest_Gaucho
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Reviewed 3 April 2018

As a photographer, I find this hidden gem to be of more scenic beauty than the "actual" painted desert to the east at Petrified Forest National Park, and particularly it's a great spot to catch a sunset as the badlands, cliffs and hoodoos light up in spectacular, warm colors - see my photo.

Get beyond the fact the park is not kept up, the restrooms are closed and covered in grafitti and in an isolated spot that is easy to miss if you're not paying attention - that's part of the experience. Yes it's sad there's a lot of trash and glass and no upkeep, but look beyond to the real beauty here and you'll be mesmerized.

Thank hotelreviewer333
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Reviewed 1 April 2018

What a beautiful, colorful view! The best part? We were the only people there! There is nothing better than being able to see something this beautiful and hear nothing but the wind. It appears this was once a popular attraction (maybe in the route 66 days?), but the restrooms are closed and there are some potholes on the drive from the main road to the parking. I certainly don't regret the 10 minute drive off the interstate to take in this view.

Thank KNJ05
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Reviewed 31 March 2018

BUT we could not find it, we drove 20 miles out into the desert, saw the "painted" multi colored sand, but never could find the entrance. Took many photos and enjoyed the ride.

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