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.
Fee-Free Weekends at Petrified Forest National Park
Contact: Lyn Carranza, 928-524-6228 x245
Petrified Forest, AZ―America’s Best Idea―the national parks―gets even better this summer…it’s free! Visit your national parks during three fee-free weekends* at 147 national parks that usually charge entrance fees—including Petrified Forest National Park!
“During these tough economic times, our national parks provide opportunities for affordable vacations for families,” Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar said at a press conference at Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Ohio. “I encourage everyone to visit one of our nation’s crown jewels this summer and especially to take advantage of the three free-admission weekends.”
Mark your calendars for fee-free weekends at the national parks this summer:
There are daily ranger-guided programs to enhance your visit as well as Cultural Demonstrators on June 20, July 18, and August 15 at the Painted Desert Inn National Historic Landmark including a Hopi carver, Zuni fetish maker, and Zuni beadwork artist.
Special programs on the fee-free weekends include
*The fee waiver includes: entrance fees, commercial tour fees, and transportation entrance fees. Other fees such as reservation, camping, tours, concession and fees collected by third parties are not included unless stated otherwise.
For more information call (928) 524-6228 weekdays, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. MST; or write to the Superintendent, Petrified Forest National Park, P.O. Box 2217, Petrified Forest, AZ 86028; or e-mail the park Superintendent. Our website has more news and press releases: www.nps.gov/pefo/parknews/newsreleases.htm.
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...