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

    Petrified Forest

    National Park Arizona

The National Register of Historic Places

National Register of Historic Places plaque for Puerco Ruin and Petroglyphs

National Register plaque for Puerco Ruin and Petroglyphs

Photo by Marge Post/NPS

Did you know there are nearly 78,000 listings on the National Register of Historic Places? This is one of the nation's official lists of cultural resources designated worthy of preservation. Authorized under the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, the National Register coordinates and supports both public and private efforts to identify, evaluate, and protect our historic and archeological resources. Properties listed in the National Register include districts, sites, buildings, structures, and objects that are significant to American history, architecture, archeology, engineering, and culture.

Within Petrified Forest National Park, nine sites are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. These include:

  • Agate House Pueblo (October 6, 1975)
  • Painted Desert Inn* (and associated cabins) (October 10, 1975)
  • Painted Desert Petroglyphs and Ruins Archeological District (June 24, 1976)
  • Newspaper Rock Petroglyphs Archeological District (July 12, 1976)
  • Puerco Ruins and Petroglyphs (July 12, 1976)
  • Flattops Site (archeological site) (July 12, 1976)
  • Twin Buttes Archeological District (July 12, 1976)
  • 35th Parallel Route (also known as the Beale Camel Trail) (December 6, 1977)
  • Painted Desert Community Complex Historic District (April 15, 2005)

* Painted Desert Inn was upgraded to a National Historic Landmark on May 28, 1987.

Here are some site bulletins that you might find interesting:
(* Use the Adobe PDF file for a print friendly version.)

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Did You Know?

Agate House pueblo made with petrified wood chunks

Petrified wood was so abundant when the ancestral Puebloan people were living in the area that they used it not only for stone tools but also as building material, such as the "brick" used in Agate House at Petrified Forest National Park.