Intriguing Devil's Playground
March 22, 2022
The visually intriguing Devils Playground within Petrified Forest National Park is a must scenic visit that involves an 8.2 mile loop hike that includes other colorful rock layers and petrified wood during the 3-5 hour loop excursion.
The Petrified Forest National Park, located in northeastern Arizona, encloses 221,390 acres with over 10,000 years of human history within the park, including over 800 archeological and historic sites. The Chinle Formation of the Triassic Period (about 225 million years ago) is the main geologic formation of the park. The Bidahochi Formation outcrops in the north, laid down during the Miocene and Pliocene of the Quaternary Period, about 3-8 million years ago. The brilliant colors in the petrified wood come mainly from three minerals. Pure quartz is white, manganese oxides form blue, purple, black, and brown, and iron oxides provide hues from yellow through red to brown.
Image created by USA Patriotism! from U.S. National Park Service photo by Jacob Holgerson.