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Crystal Forest Trail

Basics
Length:
0.8 mile loop
Difficulty:
Easy

Description

A 0.8-mile loop that leads through the trees of Crystal Forest, which were once covered quartz and purple amethyst crystals that developed in the hollows of the logs as the trees petrified.

In the late 1800s, before the establishment of Petrified Forest National Monument, many of these logs were dynamited by those seeking these semi-precious gems. Massive petrified trees were blasted to the small chips you can still see scattered about.

Details

Length:
0.8 mile loop
Difficulty:
Easy
Additional Details:
This paved trail may be negotiated with strollers, although there are a few steep hills. Wheelchairs may be used to access the shade shelter with assistance, but are not recommended on the loop.

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