|Checking out a tepee near the entrance|
|Starting their Junior Ranger workbooks|
|Giant Logs Trail|
|Checking out the petrified logs|
|"Old Faithful" - almost ten feet across the base|
|Imagine how many logs were here before people started taking them.|
We took a walk and checked out the Crystal Forest Trail. The trail had many beautiful pieces of petrified logs with crystals hiding inside. There used to be logs here containing glassy amethyst and quartz crystals, but people had removed them from the logs.
|At the Crystal Forest Trail|
The Jasper Forest contained bluffs which once had much petrified wood but now only had some wood strewn across the valley forest. Erosion of the high rocky bluffs left hundreds of petrified logs. You can still see logs stuck in the bluffs.
|At the Jasper Forest|
The Tepees looked amazing with their layers of colors. They are layered with blues, purples, and grays that were created by iron, carbon, manganese, and other minerals.
We visited Puerco Puebla, which is a large archaeological site that was occupied over 600 years ago. We were able to see the partially excavated pueblo and a few of the room foundations. It is neat to think of the past when people lived here, though it is not a welcoming environment, so I can see why they moved on.
|Partially excavated pueblo|
At the Painted Desert Inn the boys completed their Junior Ranger badges.
|Taking the Junior Ranger oath|
|The boys with their first Junior Ranger badges.|