Decrease in Visitation for February 2007
Contact: Janet Fernandes, (928) 524-6228 ext. 238
Decrease in Visitation for February 2007 at Petrified Forest National Park
Petrified Forest, AZ – Park Superintendent Lee Baiza announced that visitation decreased by 17% this February from last year with 21,120 visits compared to last year’s 25,424. The year to date total is 39,936 which is down by 19%.
Route 66 enthusiasts now have a special pull-out at Petrified Forest National Park. About six miles from the park’s I-40 entrance, a new stop features the old alignment of Route 66. A wayside exhibit shows a map of the entire route from Chicago to Los Angeles and recalls the Mother Road’s colorful past. The weathered remains of a 1930s Studebaker, placed near the pull-out, is becoming a popular subject for photographers.
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.
Did You Know?
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.