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

    Petrified Forest

    National Park Arizona

Laws & Policies

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Also see Rules & Regulations.

1906 Enabling Legislation

Petrified Forest National Park Act (72 Stat. 69), March 28, 1958: Petrified Forest National Park established, and national monument concurrently abolished, effective December 9, 1962

Petrified Forest National Park Expansion Act of 2004

For more information about the policies that guide the National Park Service as a whole, including Management Policies 2006 and specific policy topics, visit the NPS Office of Policy website.

36 CFR parts 1-199 pertains to all National Park areas.

Unmanned Aircraft: National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis today signed a policy memorandum that directs superintendents nationwide to prohibit launching, landing, or operating unmanned aircraft on lands and waters administered by the National Park Service. Please read the National Park Service press release here.

Hashknife Posse

Hashknife Posse, 1880s


Firearms in Petrified Forest National Park

Beginning February 22, 2010, a new federal law allows people who can legally possess firearms under applicable federal, state, and local laws, to legally possess firearms in this park. The Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure Act of 2009, was enacted May 22, 2009 and will become effective February 22, 2010. Section 512 of this law, Protecting Americans from Violent Crimes, supersedes the uniform treatment of firearm possession in the national park system outside Alaska under the regulations found at 36 C.F.R. 2.4.

It is the responsibility of visitors to understand and comply with all applicable state, local, and federal firearms laws before entering this park. Firearms may not be discharged in this national park and should not be used as a wildlife protection strategy.

Federal law also prohibits firearms in certain facilities in this park (such as visitor centers, government offices, etc.); those places are marked with signs at all public entrances.

Arizona Overview (as of February 3, 2010)

National Park Service Intermountain Region firearm brochure (PDF)

Petrified Forest National Park firearm brochure (PDF)


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