Increase in Visitation for November 2006
Contact: Janet Fernandes, (928) 524-6228 ext.238
Increase in Visitation at Petrified Forest National Park for November 2006
Petrified Forest, AZ – Park Superintendent Lee Baiza announced that visitation increased by 7% this November from last year with 30,585 visits compared to last year’s 28,666. The year-to-date total is 561,363 which is down by 2% from last year.
The famous mountain lion petroglyph is again on display inside the Painted Desert Inn National Historic Landmark. This ancient carving on sandstone is of a mountain lion with huge claws, a big mouth, and staring eyes. It was found near Blue Mesa in 1934 and has always been a favorite of visitors. The Painted Desert Inn National Historic Landmark is open every day from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.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.