If you're stumped on places to go for a scenic drive, we've found the perfect place. The little painted desert in Arizona offers some of the best views of the pastel-colored mesas and the best part? You don't even need to break a sweat to see them.
The Little Painted Desert County Park in Winslow, Arizona has an overlook perfect for taking in the vast pastel-colored desert. No matter the time of the year, you can visit this secluded gem year-round and enjoy the views anytime. It's open 24 hours a day.
There's only a $7 per vehicle charge to get into the park. From there, you and your friends can explore and make a daytime adventure out of it.
The best time to visit is in the morning or late afternoon when the light from the sun brings out the red, orange, and yellow hues of the hills. Even if you don't visit during that time, the vast painted desert will look just as beautiful either way.
As you're making your way to the Little Painted Desert, you'll notice that there aren't many signs. Over the years, the signs have been vandalized and are no longer there. You'll know you are close by when you see a turn-off to your left, just past the 260-mile marker.
Since the park is no longer maintained, the restrooms aren't in service and the picnic tables are covered in graffiti. We recommend making a bathroom break before you make the drive out.
The many rock formations make for amazing photo opportunities. You can even pack a lunch and enjoy the views from one of the picnic tables or on the roof of your car.
Before you leave, you can walk around the rim a few times more to take in the views. They truly are breathtaking.
Little Painted Desert County Park
Price: $7 per vehicle up to four people
Address: Painted Desert Rim Dr, Winslow, Arizona 86047
Why you should go: This hidden gem has stunning views of the desert and you don't even need to break a sweat to see them.
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