Painted Desert Indian Center in Holbrook, Arizona

Painted Desert Indian Center in Holbrook, Arizona has been serving customers since 1979. Pull off the road for the Jurassic photo ops, stay for the unique selection of Arizona souvenirs.

Painted Desert Indian Center in Holbrook, Arizona Route 66 Roadside Attraction

Petrified wood shops abound in eastern Arizona. It only makes sense as it’s a commodity that is prolific in the area, especially within the popular Petrified Forest National Park.

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What is petrified wood? Petrified wood is a type of fossilized wood that transforms over millions of years. Through a process called mineralization, organic matter in the wood gradually gets replaced by minerals, often silica or quartz, preserving the original structure and cellular details of the wood.

It is illegal to take specimens out of the park, so it’s only natural that shops surround the area that sell petrified wood of all shapes and sizes to tourists who want to take home a souvenir. And many of those shops do anything they can to lure you from the road and make sure their shop stands out above the rest.

Painted Desert Indian Center in Holbrook, Arizona Route 66 Roadside Attraction

One of these shops is the Painted Desert Indian Center in Holbrook, Arizona. And their shtick? Dinosaurs and teepees.

Painted Desert Indian Center is located off I-40 on the south side of the road. It’s across the way from another Route 66 rock shop: Stewart’s Petrified Wood.

Inside you’ll be able to shop for authentic Native jewelry, rugs, sandpaintings, crafts, Kachina dolls,local pottery, rocks, petrified wood, and fossils, alongside your typical roadside souvenirs.

Outside you’ll find a menagerie of roadside attractions meant to catch your eye from the highway. You’ll find painted teepees, and Old Indian Weather Rock, and a slew of large cartoonish dinosaurs attacking other dinosaurs. 

The dinosaur roadside attractions came from the now shuttered International Dinosaur Park and Museum of the Americas, which closed in 2007.

Painted Desert Indian Center in Holbrook, Arizona Route 66 Roadside Attraction

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Painted Desert Indian Center in Holbrook, Arizona Route 66 Roadside Attraction
Painted Desert Indian Center in Holbrook, Arizona Route 66 Roadside Attraction
Painted Desert Indian Center in Holbrook, Arizona Route 66 Roadside Attraction
Painted Desert Indian Center in Holbrook, Arizona Route 66 Roadside Attraction
Painted Desert Indian Center in Holbrook, Arizona Route 66 Roadside Attraction
Painted Desert Indian Center in Holbrook, Arizona Route 66 Roadside Attraction
Painted Desert Indian Center in Holbrook, Arizona Route 66 Roadside Attraction
Painted Desert Indian Center in Holbrook, Arizona Route 66 Roadside Attraction
Painted Desert Indian Center in Holbrook, Arizona Route 66 Roadside Attraction
Painted Desert Indian Center in Holbrook, Arizona Route 66 Roadside Attraction
Painted Desert Indian Center in Holbrook, Arizona Route 66 Roadside Attraction
Painted Desert Indian Center in Holbrook, Arizona Route 66 Roadside Attraction
Painted Desert Indian Center in Holbrook, Arizona Route 66 Roadside Attraction
Painted Desert Indian Center in Holbrook, Arizona Route 66 Roadside Attraction
Painted Desert Indian Center in Holbrook, Arizona Route 66 Roadside Attraction
Painted Desert Indian Center in Holbrook, Arizona Route 66 Roadside Attraction
Painted Desert Indian Center in Holbrook, Arizona Route 66 Roadside Attraction
Painted Desert Indian Center in Holbrook, Arizona Route 66 Roadside Attraction
Painted Desert Indian Center in Holbrook, Arizona Route 66 Roadside Attraction

Love this Arizona Route 66 roadside attraction? Here are some more nearby attractions to add to your Route 66 road trip itinerary:

Stewart’s Petrified Wood, Geronimo Trading Post, Rainbow Rock Shop, Jim Gray’s Petrified Wood Co, the World’s Longest Map of Route 66, the Joe & Aggies Cafe Mural, Butterfield Stage Co Steakhouse, and Holbrook Wigwam Village Motel.

Painted Desert Indian Center

Address: 9345 Old Rte 66, Holbrook, AZ 86025
Hours: 8am-6pm, Daily
Cost: Free to See, Souvenir Costs Vary

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Painted Desert Indian Center in Holbrook, Arizona has been serving customers since 1979. Pull off the road for the Jurassic photo ops, stay for the unique selection of Arizona souvenirs. Find a menagerie of roadside attractions meant to catch your eye from the highway, like a slew of large cartoonish dinosaurs attacking other dinosaurs. Visit this Arizona Route 66 roadside attraction and souvenir store on your Route 66 road trip. Add it to your travel itinerary! #Route66 #Route66RoadTrip
Painted Desert Indian Center in Holbrook, Arizona has been serving customers since 1979. Pull off the road for the Jurassic photo ops, stay for the unique selection of Arizona souvenirs. Find a menagerie of roadside attractions meant to catch your eye from the highway, like a slew of large cartoonish dinosaurs attacking other dinosaurs. Visit this Arizona Route 66 roadside attraction and souvenir store on your Route 66 road trip. Add it to your travel itinerary! #Route66 #Route66RoadTrip

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Valerie Bromann is a a website manager, content creator, and writer from Chicago, Illinois (currently living in Dallas, Texas). As an avid road tripper who has visited hundreds of roadside attractions, Val always pull over for a world’s largest thing. Founder of Silly America and author of The Road Trip Journal & Activity Book, she visits, photographs, and writes about all the weird tourist destinations she visits and offers road trip planning advice and inspiration based on her own travels so you can hit the road for yourself.

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The Road Trip Journal & Activity Book - Everything You Need to Have and Record an Epic Road Trip! By Valerie Bromann

The Road Trip Journal & Activity Book

Everything You Need to Have and Record an Epic Road Trip!

BY Valerie Bromann

Enjoy fun games and challenges to pass the time on your next road trip and have a keepsake to look back on for years to come with this entertaining must-have for your next vacation.

The road trip you’ve been dreaming of starts here! Journal about your stops and get to know your fellow passengers with activities and exercises designed to pass the time and bring you closer together. Instead of “Are we there yet?” you’ll find yourself asking, “We’re there already?”. Complete with prompts you can turn to while driving between locations, this journal will one day be a memento of your life-changing trip.