RULES AND REGULATIONS
The following summary of regulations is intended as a guide for all monument visitors. The complete regulations may be seen at the Superintendent's office or at ranger stations.
Preservation of Natural Features.IT IS UNLAWFUL TO INJURE, DESTROY, OR REMOVE SPECIMENS OF PETRIFIED WOOD OF ANY SIZE WHATSOEVER FOUND WITHIN THE MONUMENT BOUNDARY OR TO DEFACE, INJURE, DESTROY, DISTURB, OR MARK ANY RUINS, PICTURES, PETROGLYPHS OR OTHER WORKS OF PRIMITIVE OR PREHISTORIC MAN, GOVERNMENT PROPERTY, OR NATURAL FORMATIONS, IN ANY MANNER. VIOLATORS ARE LIABLE TO FINE UP TO $500, AND IMPRISONMENT UP TO 6 MONTHS.
At first glance it might seem that the regulations pertaining to petrified wood are quite drastic, but it must be remembered that petrified wood is not being formed by nature in this area today. When a piece is removed, it is gone forever and can never be replaced. All of the wood would be gone within a few years if each of the 200,000 yearly visitors took away a few pounds. HELP PROTECT THIS FOREST FROM VANDALISM.
Camping.Camp or picnic only at designated areas.
Firearms.All use of firearms is prohibited.
Wildlife.The molestation of any wild animal, the picking of wild flowers, and the collection of geological specimens are prohibited.
Cats, Dogs, Domestic Animals.All domestic animals must be caged or kept on a leash at all times. Dogs are not permitted in public buildings.
Automobiles.An annual fee of 50 cents is charged each automobile, house trailer, and motorcycle entering the monument. The speed limit is 35 miles per hour. Drive with caution and heed all traffic signs. It should be remembered that the driver's courtesy toward others is the greatest factor in safety.
Hours of Travel.The monument highway between the Rainbow Forest and the Painted Desert is closed at night.
Photographs.Photographs may be taken freely by amateurs. Professional photographers must secure a permit from the superintendent before taking any pictures.
Accidents.Report all accidents to the nearest ranger station.
Lost and Found articles should be reported to the nearest ranger station.
SEE PETRIFIED FOREST NATIONAL MONUMENT LEISURELY
Last Updated: 14-Aug-2009