Visiting Arizona and the Grand Canyon

So you've come all this way to Arizona to see the Grand Canyon.  If you have driven, you are probably wondering what else is there to see since yo

Nearby Attractions to the Grand Canyon
Route 66 passes through Williams, Arizona

So you’ve come all this way to Arizona to see the Grand Canyon.  If you have driven, you are probably wondering what else is there to see since you are already out here.  Arizona is home to many beautiful and natural wonders that are begging to be seen.  No doubt you have passed through Flagstaff or Williams as you made your way to the canyon.  There are several areas to visit just within a 2 hour drive of Flagstaff.

Walnut Canyon is only 5 miles east of Flagstaff, just off I-40.

Remarkable Rocks, Ancient Cliff Dwellings!

Come gaze across curved canyon walls! Among the remarkable geological formations of the canyon itself, the former homes of ancient inhabitants are easily evident. Along the trails you can imagine life within Walnut Canyon, while visiting actual pueblos and walking in the steps of those who came before.

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Meteor Crater is only 45 minutes east of Flagstaff, just off I-40.


The world’s best preserved meteorite impact site on Earth.  Located just minutes from Interstate 40 and the old Route 66 in Northern Arizona near Winslow.  Meteor Crater is the spectacular result of a collision that rocked the American Southwest approximately 50,000 years ago with the energy of more than 20 million tons of TNT.  Situated under the wide skies of the Arizona High Desert, Meteor Crater offers an interactive educational experience for the entire family in a beautiful, natural setting.  The Meteor Crater Visitor Center is located on the rim of the Crater.  The fully air-conditioned building features an 80 seat Widescreen theater, indoor crater viewing area, Crater Trail access, Interactive Discovery Center, Artifacts and Exhibits, Gift Store and Rock Shop, and Food Service.  Elevators and ADA accessability are available for guests with special needs.

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Keep going East and see the Petrified Forest!

Petrified Forest National Park

Petrified Forest National Park is in northeastern Arizona. In its south, the Rainbow Forest is full of colorful petrified wood. It’s home to the Rainbow Forest Museum, with its paleontology exhibits and many trail access points. In the park’s center are the petroglyphs of Newspaper Rock and the ruined village of Puerco Pueblo. To the north, the Painted Desert Inn, a 1930s adobe building, is a museum with Hopi murals.  You also don’t want to miss Newspaper Rock!


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And while you are driving to the Petrified Forest, don’t miss Jim Gray’s Petrified Wood Co.  You drive right past it and it is worth the time to stop in and browse!  You don’t want to miss the Gray’s personal fossil collection and Wild Bill.  It’s a 2.9 million year old fossilized alligator. The kids will love the dinosaur statues!

Jim Gray’s Petrified Wood Co

Our mission is simple: to provide the best products and service to our customers at the lowest prices possible. We take great pride in our company, our commitment to customer service and in the products we sell. Our on-line store is designed to provide you with a safe and secure environment to browse our product catalog.

Originally known as the Holbrook Rock Shop, Jim and Cathy Gray started the Petrified Wood Company more than 48 years ago with little more than a pickup truck and a pile of petrified wood. From those humble beginnings we have since grown to become the worldwide premier dealer of Arizona Rainbow Petrified Wood.

We own the mineral rights to several sections of land near the Petrified Forest National Park. We do our own digging, cutting and polishing, creating stunning full rounds, tabletops and bookends.

Jim Gray’s Petrified Wood Company remains a family owned and operated business.


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Now that you know there is so much to see, go ahead and plan that vacation to Northern Arizona!