Arizona has long been known for its diverse geography and mineral rich soil. But beyond precious metals, Arizona has a huge array of coveted gemstones and other treasures to be found. Arizona petrified wood is famous the world over and many rock hounds love to collect the colorful specimens. Heritage Inn is only 40 miles away from the Petrified Forest but one need not go nearly that far to find your own specimens. Recently my granddaughter and I went rockhounding just 5 minutes north of the town of Woodruff. In the span of 90 minutes, we found more than 2 dozen extremely colorful pieces of AZ petrified wood. Those pieces ranged in size from several ounces to a few pounds. A short drive and a keen eye are all you’ll need to locate some absolutely beautiful pieces of this highly sought-after and ancient collectable.