Ready for Day 3? Yesterday we drove a little under 4 hours from Santa Fe, NM to stay in the iconic Wigwam Motel. After camping for the past 2 nights in Santa Fe, NM, this quaint motel was exactly what we needed before continuing our journey of exploration the southwest. Today on the itinerary is Petrified Forest National Park. Petrified Forest National Park is made up of 200,000 acres including the Painted Desert among other sites. We can’t wait to get our day started!
Teaching our kids during our vacation is just as important as having fun. Stepping back in time to stay at the Wigwam Motel was a fun way to show them to appreciate the past. As an added bonus, Wigwam Motel is less than 30 minutes from Petrified Forest National Park making it an ideal place to stay.
Petrified Forest National Park is amazing! I first experienced Petrified Forest’s wonder when I was in the 3rd grade with my family. I have been waiting until my kids were oldest enough to truly appreciate the landscape.
This is Old Faithful. Behind the Rainbow Forest Museum is a field of some of the largest petrified logs. Old Faithful at almost ten feet wide at the base is the largest. At the Rainbow Forest Museum, we picked up Junior Ranger papers to help our kids get the most out of the experience. The Junior Ranger program helps to teach kids to appreciate nature and engage them during all the stops in the Petrified Forest National Park.
Blue Mesa Trail was by far my favorite part of the Petrified Forest National Park! The colors are so amazing that you can’t help but stop and stare in amazement at the view.
On the way back up, I was laughing watching the boys posture change because I understood now why that bench was there.
The ravens kept the boys entertained at each of the stops along the way. They are enjoyable to watch and quite entertaining at times!
Now we are getting back in the car for 3 more hours to the Grand Canyon! What have been some of your favorite sights so far?