Increase in Visitation for May 2007
Contact: Janet Fernandes, (928) 524-6228 ext. 238
Increase in Visitation for May 2007 at Petrified Forest National Park
Petrified Forest, AZ – Acting Park Superintendent Joe Escoto announced that visitation for May had a slight increase of 0.15% from last year with 55,329 visits compared to last year’s 55,245. The year to date total is 186,774 which is down by 3%.
Ranger led programs are a high point for many park visitors and for the rangers who give them. These programs provide a chance for visitors to get their questions answered and to experience the park on a deeper level. The Painted Desert Visitor Center, Rainbow Forest Museum, and the Painted Desert Inn National Historic Landmark have information on the current daily programs.
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.