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.
Increase in Visitation for April 2006
Contact: Janet Fernandes, 928-524-6228 x238
Increase in Visitation for April 2006 at Petrified Forest National Park
Petrified Forest, AZ – Park Superintendent Lee Baiza announced the visitation for April was up by 4% over last year with 48,594 visits compared to last year’s 46,701. The year-to-date total is 137,844 which is up by 1.6% from last year.
Typical spring days on the Colorado Plateau are warm and sunny but also typical are high winds. Wind gusts over 40 mph are common during wind advisories. At this time of year visibility can be obscured by blowing dust and high profile vehicles must use extra caution.
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.