Decrease in Visitation for August 2006
Contact: Janet Fernandes, (928) 524-6228 ext.238
Decrease in Visitation at Petrified Forest National Park for August, 2006
Petrified Forest, AZ – Park Superintendent Lee Baiza announced that visitation decreased 14% this August from last year with 64,930 visits compared to last year’s 75,807. The year-to-date total is 437,250 which is down by 3% from last year.
The Arizona monsoon season is usually over by September but late rains have produced a spectacular fall wildflower display. Yellow flowers are the most prominent such as wild buckwheat, snakeweed, and camphorweed. The orange globe mallows line the road in many places.
For more information call (928) 524-6228 weekdays, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Mountain Standard Time; or write to the Superintendent, Petrified Forest National Park, P.O. Box 2217, Petrified Forest, AZ 86028; or e-mail the park.
Did You Know?
Standing on the edge of a vast badlands landscape, a Spanish explorer is rumored to have named the area "El Desierto Pintado" (The Painted Desert) because the hills looked like they were painted with the colors of the sunset.