Petrified wood is wood that has lain outside long enough to become a fossil. All the organic things have been removed by sun, wind, water, and time, and have been completely replaced with minerals. Logs and stumps washed into Valley of Fire about 225 million years ago and are visible in two locations. The logs are several colorful tree trunks lying close to the road, safely fenced off for all to enjoy.
Petrified forests are rather common in the West and are often made up of a wide variety of trees. The trees in this area are ancient pines that grew here about during the great Age of Reptiles, about 150 million years ago.
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