"through a gap they looked down on the Painted Desert"
Coal Mine Canyon, Arizona Painted Desert
Public DomainCoal Mine Canyon, Arizona Painted Desert - Credit: Doug Dolde


Painted Desert
Public DomainPainted Desert - Credit: Jon Sullivan

The Painted Desert gets its name from the brightly coloured landscape formed through changes in the environment over millions of years.  Volcanoes, earthquakes, freshwater and seawater have all left their mark on the different layers of sediment that stretch from the Grand Canyon to the Petrified Forest in Northern Arizona. 


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