Fall 2013: Highway Interchange Bridge Work
Painted Desert Traffic Interchange (I-40 Exit 311) may be closed for construction. Check here for updates from Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT): More »
Nov. 2012-July 2013, due to bank error credit cards may not have been charged for your entrance fee
...due to a bank error credit cards may not have been charged for your entrance fee, even if you received a receipt from the entrance station. The error was corrected on Sept. 26th, 2013. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.
Be A Junior Ranger
Artwork by Doug Henderson, Copyright PFMA
Petrified Forest National Park welcomes kids to learn more about the ancient environment of the Late Triassic—when the petrified trees were alive and dinosaurs roamed the land.
Junior Rangers "Explore, Learn, and Protect" their national parks. Become a Junior Ranger and you can learn about fossils, human history, wilderness and more! You'll even receive a gold badge or colorful patch so that you will not forget how important you are to the National Park Service.
Would you like to become a Junior Ranger? Once you arrive in the park stop by the Painted Desert Visitor Center, Painted Desert Inn, or Rainbow Forest Museum to ask for a Junior Ranger Activity Booklet.
The Junior Ranger Activity Booklet is on-line, too! This will help you prepare for the activities, giving you a head start. You must, however, be in the park to receive your badge or patch. If you need some help with the answers, check out the park brochures.
We are always happy to add another name to our Junior Ranger team. We invite YOU to become a member of this very special group of people. When you take the time to learn about the park and its valuable resources, you will be able to share your knowledge with friends and family to help them understand why Petrified Forest National Park is a special place.
Junior Ranger Activity Days
Saturdays in the summer come out and enjoy Petrified Forest National Park with the family!
Junior Ranger activities and locations vary, check back for more details.
Did You Know?
Standing on the edge of a vast badlands landscape, a Spanish explorer is rumored to have named the area "El Desierto Pintado" (The Painted Desert) because the hills looked like they were painted with the colors of the sunset.