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 November 2006
Contact: Janet Fernandes, (928) 524-6228 ext.238
Increase in Visitation at Petrified Forest National Park for November 2006
Petrified Forest, AZ – Park Superintendent Lee Baiza announced that visitation increased by 7% this November from last year with 30,585 visits compared to last year’s 28,666. The year-to-date total is 561,363 which is down by 2% from last year.
The famous mountain lion petroglyph is again on display inside the Painted Desert Inn National Historic Landmark. This ancient carving on sandstone is of a mountain lion with huge claws, a big mouth, and staring eyes. It was found near Blue Mesa in 1934 and has always been a favorite of visitors. The Painted Desert Inn National Historic Landmark is open every day from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.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 was so abundant when the ancestral Puebloan people were living in the area that they used it not only for stone tools but also as building material, such as the "brick" used in Agate House at Petrified Forest National Park.