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    Petrified Forest

    National Park Arizona

Petrified Forest Changes to Spring Hours and Programs 2011

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Date: February 10, 2011
Contact: Lyn Carranza, 928-524-6228 x245

Petrified Forest, AZ―Park Superintendent Mitzi frank announces that Petrified Forest National Park will be changing to longer spring hours on February 27, 2011. The park will open at 7:00 am and close at 6:00 pm Mountain Standard Time (MST) daily. The Painted Desert Visitor Center and the Rainbow Forest Museum hours will be the same as the park hours. The Painted Desert Inn National Historic Landmark is open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily. Spring hours will continue through May 8, 2011.

Ranger-guided tours are available daily. Check at the visitor centers for programs or visit the website at http://www.nps.gov/pefo/planyourvisit/guidedtours.htm.

Painted Desert Inn Tour: 12:00 pm—Meet the ranger at the Painted Desert Inn National Historic Landmark. Explore this intriguing historic building with a ranger and discover its fascinating past.

Triassic Park Program: 11:00 am, 2:00 pm, and 4:00 pm—How did living trees turn to stone? Discover Triassic treasures with a ranger, which may include a talk in the sunroom and/or an easy walk (with a few short stairs) along the Giant Logs Trail. Meet in the Rainbow Forest Museum sunroom.

Puerco Pueblo Tour: 11:00 am, 2:00 pm, and 4:00 pm—Take a journey into the past and discover the ancestral Puebloan people of Petrified Forest. Meet the ranger at the Puerco Pueblo trailhead.

Keep your eyes open! Rangers and volunteers rove the trails to help you explore and respond to your questions.

For information call (928) 524-6228, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Mountain Standard Time; or write to the Superintendent, Petrified Forest National Park, P.O. Box 2217, Petrified Forest, AZ 86028; or e-mail the park Superintendent.

Did You Know?

red badlands

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.