Petrified Forest National Park and the Annular Eclipse May 2012
Contact: Hallie Larsen, 928-524-6228 x274
Petrified Forest, AZ- The national parks are the place to be on May 20, 2012, to see the first solar eclipse in the United States in 18 years. Petrified Forest National Park is within the pathway of the eclipse, making it a perfect spot to watch this remarkable event. The eclipse begins over the Pacific Ocean and, from south of the Aleutian Islands, travels to the California coast. From there, traveling at 1,000 mph, the shadow of the eclipse races south and east over 30 national parks in California, Nevada, Arizona, Utah, and New Mexico, and even into west Texas before sunset.
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.