You are not allowed to take any petrified wood out of the park of course. There are however some locations near Winslow, Arizona and vicinity where you can collect pieces. I found a great blue piece in 2007 in the Winslow area. But alas, in the park, you cannot. I guess this bird will stop you if you do!
The painted desert was just beautiful this time. It is a little tricky to take quality pictures of, however. Here are a few from the overlook near the visitor center:
These two parks are in the same area so if you ever visit you can see them both in one day. My husband and I did most of the hikes as well. We stayed in Winslow at an old Harvey House on the old route 66. The La Posada Hotel has been renovated and is a wonderful place to stay.
You can see the waterfall running from springs at the top. This creates a micro-climate at the base of the bridge complete with many types of plants. Here are a few pictures of the water and plant life in the bottom.
If you ever get a chance to visit Arizona, you will find amazingly different landscapes and climates in a relatively short distance. These areas I have pictured are not far from one another. They are within a few hours drive of Grand Canyon and Flagstaff as well. Hope you have enjoyed my travels!