Discover the Ghosts of Petrified Forest
Contact: Rita Garcia, 928-524-6228 x273
Petrified Forest—The nights are getting longer and Autumn is here! Celebrate the season by taking a lantern tour of the Painted Desert Inn National Historic Landmark at Petrified Forest National Park. Learn what the “ghosts of the past” might have to say about the park’s rich heritage and discover the beauty of this historic building.
“This is a very special program, available only once a year,” stated Park Superintendent, Cliff Spencer. The tour will take place after the park is closed, a time when most visitors are already gone. As visitors are normally not allowed to tarry after the park closes, you must remain with the ranger during the tour. Afterwards, we will all leave the park together through the north exit onto Interstate 40.
On October 24, 25, and 30, 2008, take advantage of this opportunity to watch the sun set over the Painted Desert from one of the best overlooks in the park. After dark, the ranger will begin the tour at the Painted Desert Inn at Kachina Point, 2 miles from the north entrance of Petrified Forest National Park. Sunset is about 5:30 pm MST, the program will start soon after.
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?
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.