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.
Decrease in Visitation for June 2006
Contact: Janet Fernandes, (928) 524-6228 x238
Petrified Forest, AZ – Park Superintendent Lee Baiza announced the visitation for June was down by 4.4%% from last year with 87,953 visits compared to last year’s 92,044. The year-to-date total is 281,042 which is down by 0.25% from last year.
August is Route 66 Month. The alignment of this historic highway can still be seen by visitors at a new pull-out at the north end of the park. In celebration of Route 66 this August the park will have special programs and displays.
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?
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.