Petrified Forest National Park has both a north and a south entrance. If you are coming from the west, it is way better to start at the southern entrance and work your way north along the parks 27-mile scenic road, which has more than 20 overlooks. This way, you will definitely see the most impressive displays of petrified logs early in your visit and save the Painted Desert vistas for last. If you are coming from the east, start at the northern entrance and work your way south. Still, what the Petrified Forest lacks in celebrity status, it more than makes up for in unique moonscape terrain, mysterious fossilized wood, and aura of days gone by.