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Arizona Opens 15,000 New Acres of Backcountry

Petrified Forest National Park just got bigger.

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Backcountry lovers just got a little bit more room to roam in Arizona’s Petrified Forest National Park. The park has acquired nearly 15,000 additional acres thanks to a land transfer from the Bureau of Land Management and purchases from private landowners.

The newly added territory is notable for its rugged terrain and easier access to a 200-million-year-old rock formation known as Devil’s Playground. Per National Parks Traveler, the entire area is rich in geological history:

Located about 3 hours northeast of Phoenix, Petrified Forest became a national monument under the terms of the 1906 Antiquities Act. The park’s newest acreage is expected to open to the public in 2015.

Read more: National Parks Traveler