The Painted Desert is a naturally colorful area of badlands in Arizona. Its rocks, buttes, mesas and other natural formations range in color from light purple and gray to bright orange and red. The Painted Desert comprises more than 90,000 acres, and it is a popular tourist destination.Know More
The Painted Desert was formed naturally from earthquakes, volcanoes, floods and changes in the Earth's crust. The Desert's bright colors come from bentonite, a by-product of volcanic ash. Bentonite is a key part of the sandstone, mudstone and clay that form the Painted Desert's buttes and hills. According to the Arizona Office of Tourism, the Painted Desert is most impressive at sunset when the orange and red colors from the sun set off the desert hues.
The Painted Desert is located in northern Arizona. Though the Painted Desert itself is not a national park, a significant portion of its area lies in the Petrified Forest National Park. Part of the Desert overlaps the boundaries of the Navajo Nation, and the Desert borders both Grand Canyon National Park and Wupatki National Monument. Visitors can access the Painted Desert from I-40, near Holbrook, or from US 89, outside of Flagstaff. The I-40 entrance includes the Painted Desert Visitor Center and provides easy access to the Petrified Forest National Park.Learn more about The West
Arizona became a U.S. state on Feb. 14th, 1912, and was the last of the 48 contiguous states to be admitted to the union. Arizona was part of New Mexico until it became a separate territory in 1863. In 2010, the population of Arizona was 6,392,017.Full Answer >
Arizona is abundant in water and metals, such as gold, copper and silver. Most of the copper mining in the United States takes place in Arizona; its rich copper deposits exceed all of the other states' copper deposits combined.Full Answer >
Some major landforms in Arizona are the Colorado Plateau, Black Mesa, Grand Canyon, Sonoran Desert, Colorado River and San Francisco Peaks. Additional landforms in the state include the Mogollon Rim, Meteor Crater, Horseshoe Bend, Hurricane Cliffs, Lee's Ferry, Montezuma Well, Willcox Playa and Vermilion Cliffs.Full Answer >
Geodes in Arizona are typically located in deserts, areas with large quantities of limestone or volcanic ash beds. In order to find specific locations of geode beds, consult with a local desert or rock authority, such as university science officials or members of an archaeological or geological society.Full Answer >