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 Earth Science Week 2007
Contact: Marge Post, (928) 524-6228 ext. 264
Petrified Forest National Park Celebrates Earth Science Week, October 14-20, 2007
Petrified Forest, AZ – Earth Science Week is a yearly event sponsored by the American Geological Institute to help the public better understand and appreciate earth sciences and encourage stewardship of the earth. This year’s Earth Science Week is from October 14-20 and celebrates the theme The Pulse of Earth Science. “Petrified Forest National Park is marking this event with special programs featuring the park’s fascinating geology,” said acting Superintendent Brad Traver.
Special Programs – 2:00 p.m. every day. Check at the park visitor centers or at the Guided Tours page for more information.
JUNIOR RANGER PROGRAM
DISPLAYS AND EXHIBITS
Exhibits at the Rainbow Forest Museum and Visitor Center include plant and animal fossils, skeletons of Triassic animals, and images of the environment over 200 million years ago.
HIKING TRAILS THAT HIGHLIGHT EARTH SCIENCE
Blue Mesa – 1 mile loop – Drop down into the clay hills and see geology in action.
Crystal Forest – 0.75 mile loop – Browse through a forest of colorful petrified trees.
Long Logs and Agate House – 2.5 miles round trip – See exposed logs over 100 feet long and visit a unique ancestral Puebloan home made of petrified wood.
Giant Logs – 0.4 mile loop – Visit one of the largest logs in the park, “Old Faithful.”
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 at Petrified Forest National Park is almost solid quartz, weighing in at 168 pounds per cubic foot. It's so hard, you can only cut it with a diamond tipped saw! More...