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.
Celebrate Arizona Archeology and Heritage Awareness Month
Contact: Hallie Larsen, 928-524-6228 x274
Contact: Rita Garcia, 928-524-6228 x273
Petrified Forest National Park Celebrates Arizona Archeology and Heritage Awareness Month in March 2006
Petrified Forest, AZ – In Arizona, the word “archeology” conjures visions of cliff dwellings, intriguing petroglyphs, and sophisticated pottery. However, archeologists also study the remnants of the Spanish Colonial period, forts, ghosts of homesteads and boom towns, and the old alignment of Route 66. Arizona’s archeology spans over 10,000 years of human experience, well represented at Petrified Forest National Park. Clues to the park’s past range from Folsom points knapped from petrified wood to our National Historic Landmark, the Painted Desert Inn.
Arizona Archeology and Heritage Awareness Month celebrates the state’s rich history, but also reminds us of the fragile nature of archeological clues. Thousands of artifacts are removed illegally and thoughtlessly from protected public lands. With each piece, part of our shared legacy disappears. During March, learn about Arizona’s amazing past and discover your part in protecting Arizona’s, and the nation’s, irreplaceable heritage.
At Petrified Forest National Park, rangers will present a variety of interpretive programs about the park and Arizona’s archeology. Daily, there is a 1 pm tour of Puerco Pueblo. Check the visitor centers for more programs! There will be a special display at the Painted Desert Visitor Center. Come celebrate Arizona Archeology and Heritage Awareness Month as part of Petrified Forest National Park's 100th Anniversary.
For more information call (928) 524-6228 weekdays, 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 at e-mail us.
Did You Know?
On clear days in the Southwest, especially on crisp, cold winter days, you can see landscape features almost 100 miles away!