• Jasper Forest is magical in twilight, particularly the logs on stone pedestals

    Petrified Forest

    National Park Arizona

History & Culture

More than 13,000 years of human history and culture are represented at Petrified Forest National Park. From prehistoric peoples to early explorers, from the Civilian Conservation Corps to Historic Route 66, the park has many stories to tell.

People
Places
Stories
Collections

Brief Administrative History

Other National Park Service History and Culture websites:

Discover History
Archeology Program
Antiquities Act

Vanishing Treasures

Archeology for Kids

Museum Collections
Learning Center of the American Southwest

 
Researcher at an archeological site
Researcher at an archeological site
NPS Photo

Did You Know?

spiral petroglyph marks the summer solstice

Petroglyphs are sometimes calendars, marking events like the summer solstice with interactions between the glyph, the sun, and natural landscape features.