In Arizona, Highway I-40 passes between the Painted Desert wilderness area (above the hiway) and the Petrified Forest National Park (below the hiway). Access to both is via the same loop road.
Our tour of the Painted Desert starts at Exit 311 of Hiway I-40, visits various viewpoints over the desert, and then continues below the I-40 for visits to the Puerco Pueblo and Newspaper Rock. A future gallery will cover the Petrified Forest in the area below this segment of map.
First view of the Painted Desert, from Tiponi Point on the loop road.
A panorama of the view from Tiponi Point.
iPhone selfie at Tiponi Point.
Information sign at Tiponi Point.
Teddie's photo of the manic photographer.
Another panorama from Tiponi Point. Our tour continues to the left along the top of the mesa at left.
The morning sun reflects off some shiny rocks strewn about in the red soil.
A last pano from Tiponi Point.
A view from the next viewing area, Tawa Point.
Tawa Point details.
Tawa Point Panorama. On top of the mesa at left you see the Painted Desert Inn which we visit later.
A telephoto view of the Painted Desert Inn, from Tawa Point.
The Painted Desert Inn was constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1937–1940. A portion of the main lodge building was remodeled from the 1920s inn on the site, and then became known as the Stone Tree House due to much local petrified wood used in its architectural elements.