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    Petrified Forest

    National Park Arizona

Increase in Visitation for December 2005

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Date: January 12, 2006
Contact: Janet Fernandes, 928-524-6228 x238

Increase in Visitation for December 2005 at Petrified Forest National Park

Petrified Forest, AZ – Park Superintendent Lee Baiza announced the visitation for December was up by 16% over last year with 27,234 visits compared to last year’s 23,512. The year ended up by 3% with a total of 598,498.

The unusually dry weather has encouraged more people to visit the park this winter. No moisture has fallen as either snow or rain in December and only a trace of snow fell in November.

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 Superintendent at e-mail us.

Did You Know?

red badlands

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.