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December 30, 2013
PETRIFIED FOREST NATIONAL PARK ADDS 4,265 FOSSIL-FILLED ACRES
National Park Service Acquires Significant Prehistoric Lands with Support from the Land and Water Conservation Fund

November 01, 2013
Speaker Series Continues With “Filling the Gap: The Petrified Forest Core” Lecture November 6
Speaker Series Continues With “Filling the Gap: The Petrified Forest Core” Lecture November 6

September 16, 2013
Petrified Forest Summer of Science 2013
There is always science going on at Petrified Forest National Park. Seasonal employees, researchers, and summer interns swell the park’s science staff and get out into the field to make new discoveries.

August 21, 2013
Speaker Series Continues With “Then and Now, Repeat Photography of the Petrified Forest” Lecture September 4
Speaker Series Continues With “Then and Now, Repeat Photography of the Petrified Forest” Lecture September 4

August 06, 2013
Special Route 66 Ranger Programs at Petrified Forest National Park Saturday Aug 17 2013
Special Route 66 Ranger Programs at Petrified Forest National Park Saturday Aug 17 2013

August 02, 2013
Speaker Series Continues With “What’s New in Paleontology at Petrified Forest” Lecture August 7
The next speakers of this ‘speaker series’ are park paleontologist Bill Parker, along with student interns Zachary Morris, Adam Marsh, Sarah Tulga, and Kelsey Hornung.

June 28, 2013
Fire Restrictions
Following the lead of local governments, including Navajo and Apache Counties, level II fire restrictions are now in effect due to the extreme fire danger from prolonged hot and dry weather conditions.

June 13, 2013
Navajo County Stage II Fire Restrictions
These are the Navajo County Stage II Fire Restrictions on June 13, 2013 at 12:01 a.m. Please note the additional restrictions: 3, 4, and 5 and stricter smoking restrictions (as compared to Stage 1). Other area agencies may have some variances.

May 23, 2013
Speaker Series Continues With Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Lecture June 5
Speaker Series continues with Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Lecture June 5. Experts in their respective fields are being invited to share their knowledge and enthusiasm for the in-park Speaker Series at Petrified Forest National Park.

April 19, 2013
Petrified Forest National Park Honors Earth Day—Every Day
To honor Earth Day every day, park employees at Petrified Forest National Park have been working long-term to reduce the carbon footprint of the park, save energy, and showcase the value of renewable energy.

March 26, 2013
Off-Trail Guided Hike to the Dying Grounds at Petrified Forest National Park
Celebrate the scenery with an off-trail guided hike to the “Dying Grounds” on Sunday March 31st. Discover a special place in the park few others ever experience!

March 14, 2013
2013 Summer YCC Program
Petrified Forest National Park will once again offer its Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) program in the summer of 2013.

February 19, 2013
Photo Walk with a Ranger to Crystal Forest
1:00pm Saturday, February 23, 2013 a free ranger program will offer another unique way to experience the park with a photo walk for beginning and intermediate photographers.

February 12, 2013
Photo Walk with a Ranger to Jasper Forest
1:00pm Saturday, February 16, 2013 a free ranger program will offer another unique way to experience the park with a photo walk for beginning and intermediate photographers.

February 04, 2013
Off-Trail Guided Hikes in March at Petrified Forest National Park
A series of off-trail guided hikes will be offered Wednesdays and Sundays in March to celebrate Arizona Archeology and Heritage Awareness Month and will showcase Petrified Forest’s cultural resources.

January 20, 2013
Off-Trail Guided Hikes in February at Petrified Forest National Park
A series of off-trail guided hikes will be offered Sundays in January, February, and March to help visitors discover why Petrified Forest is so special.

January 14, 2013
Off-Trail Guided Hikes at Petrified Forest National Park
A series of ‘off trail’ guided hikes will be offered Sundays in January, February, and March to help visitors discover why Petrified Forest is so special.

October 25, 2012
Petrified Forest National Park Celebrates National Native American Heritage Month, November 2012
Petrified Forest National Park Celebrates National Native American Heritage Month, November 2012

September 22, 2012
Petrified Forest National Park is the site of field science every summer but this year, there were some exceptional findings
Petrified Forest National Park is the site of field science every summer but this year, there were some exceptional findings.

September 08, 2012
Stories in the Stars Evening Program at Petrified Forest National Park
What: Stories in the Stars Evening Program When: September 22, 2012, starts at 6:15 pm Where: Painted Desert Visitor Center (located off Interstate 40, exit #311) How long: approximately 1 ½ hours

September 07, 2012
Fee Free Day for the Petrified Forest National Park on National Public Lands Day
Fee Free Day for the Petrified Forest National Park on National Public Lands Day (NPLD) which is the nation's largest, single-day volunteer event for public lands. In 2012, NPLD will be held on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012.

August 16, 2012
Petrified Forest National Park celebrates Founders Day with family-friendly Triassic fossil exploration
Petrified Forest National Park is therefore pleased to celebrate Founders Day with special family friendly event.

June 25, 2012
Fire Restrictions at Petrified Forest National Park
Level II fire restrictions are now in effect due to the extreme fire danger from prolonged hot and dry weather conditions. These restrictions will remain in effect throughout Petrified Forest National Park until further notice.

June 02, 2012
Petrified Forest National Park Hosts Cultural Art Market, June 2012
Petrified Forest National Park will host the Cultural Art Market on Saturday, June 23, 2012, 10:00am to 4:00pm. Many regional artists will share their talent and offer pieces for sale.

June 01, 2012
Petrified Forest National Park Celebrates the Summer Solstice 2012
A ranger will be at Puerco Pueblo between 8:30 am and 9:30 am daily to help visitors enjoy and understand the summer solstice marker.

May 05, 2012
Petrified Forest National Park and the Annular Eclipse May 2012
Petrified Forest National Park is hosting an eclipse event on May 20, starting with first contact at 5:27 pm and ending when the park closes at 7:30 pm. Peak will be at 6:36 pm.

May 03, 2012
Petrified Forest National Park Invites Artists for Cultural Art Market
Petrified Forest National Park will host the Cultural Art Market on Saturday, June 23, 2012, 10:00am to 4:00pm. The park invites regional artists and craftsmen to share their talent and skills—artists can also offer pieces for sale through the park’s museum association.

March 20, 2012
Petrified Forest Changes to Spring Program Schedule
Petrified Forest National Park will be changing the Ranger-guided tour schedule on April 1, 2012. Check at the visitor centers for programs or visit the website at http://www.nps.gov/pefo/planyourvisit/guidedtours.htm.

February 15, 2012
Arizona Archaeology and Heritage Awareness Month March 2012
Join Petrified Forest National Park in celebrating the 29th Arizona Archaeology and Heritage Awareness Month. There will be Cultural Demonstrators, tours of historic and archeological sites, hikes to special places that most visitors don’t get to see, and family oriented activities.

February 01, 2012
Arizona National Park System Units to Celebrate Arizona’s Centennial with Fee-Free Entry on February 14th
In honor of the historic event of Arizona’s Centennial, the National Park System of Arizona will offer fee-free entry on Tuesday, February 14th.

February 01, 2012
Pony Express Rides Again—From Petrified Forest National Park
Carrying on a tradition at Petrified Forest National Park, riders will take letters by horseback from the Rainbow Forest Museum on Tuesday, February 7th, 2012, to the post office at Holbrook, Arizona. These riders are part of a bigger institution, the Hashknife Pony Express, celebrating its 52nd year.

December 28, 2011
Petrified Forest is Accepting Applications for 2012 Artist-in-Residence Program
Petrified Forest is Accepting Applications for 2012 Artist-in-Residence Program

December 15, 2011
Petrified Forest Changes to Mid-Winter Program Schedule
Park Superintendent Brad Traver announces that Petrified Forest National Park will be changing to the mid-winter program schedule starting December 18, 2011.

November 25, 2011
Anniversary and Holiday Open House at Petrified Forest—December 2011
Petrified Forest—On December 8, 2011, celebrate Petrified Forest National Park’s 105th Anniversary!

October 15, 2011
Discover the Ghosts of the Past at Petrified Forest 2011
Celebrate the season by taking a lantern tour of the Painted Desert Inn National Historic Landmark at Petrified Forest National Park.

October 15, 2011
Petrified Forest National Park Celebrates National American Indian Heritage Month, November 2011
Petrified Forest National Park is pleased to promote awareness of and appreciation for the history and culture of American Indians during National Native American Heritage Month.

October 10, 2011
Petrified Forest National Park Changes to Winter Hours—October 2011
Petrified Forest National Park will be starting winter hours on October 23, 2010. The park will open at 8:00 a.m. and close at 5:00 p.m. Mountain Standard Time (MST) daily.

September 28, 2011
Celebrate National Fossil Day at Petrified Forest National Park
Celebrate National Fossil Day at Petrified Forest National Park. National Fossil Day is Wednesday, October 12, part of Earth Science Week.

August 16, 2011
Petrified Forest National Park Changes to Autumn Hours and Programs—September 2011
Park Superintendent Brad Traver announced that Petrified Forest National Park will be changing to shorter fall hours on September 6, 2011. The park will open at 7:00 a.m. and close at 6:00 p.m. Mountain Standard Time (MST) daily.

August 01, 2011
Native Conservation Corps Program Launched at Petrified Forest National Park
Native Conservation Corps (NCC), provided opportunities for Native American High School seniors to work and live at Petrified Forest National Park for three weeks. Through a generous grant from the National Park Foundation’s “Americas Best Idea “, Native American students explored a variety of career paths, worked alongside national park service staff serving the public and gave presentations to the public about their native heritage.

July 15, 2011
Late Summer Programs at Petrified Forest National Park 2011
What are you doing this summer? Come to Petrified Forest National Park for a variety of activities, from self-guided tours to adventures with rangers.

July 01, 2011
Junior Ranger Days Begin at Petrified Forest National Park 2011
Visitors to the park can earn a special Junior Ranger badge and patch by participating in a variety of fun and educational activities on Saturdays from 10:00 am until 1:00 pm during the summer.

July 01, 2011
Cultural Demonstration Program at Petrified Forest Late Summer 2011
This summer, Petrified Forest National Park is hosting a series of Cultural Demonstrators each Saturday, 9 am-5 pm, at the Painted Desert Inn National Historic Landmark. This program provides the opportunity for regional people to share their history and traditional arts and crafts in the dynamic setting of Petrified Forest.

June 15, 2011
Cultural Demonstration Program at Petrified Forest Summer 2011
This summer, Petrified Forest National Park is hosting a series of Cultural Demonstrators each Saturday, 9 am-5 pm, at the Painted Desert Inn National Historic Landmark. This program provides the opportunity for regional people to share their history and traditional arts and crafts in the dynamic setting of Petrified Forest

June 14, 2011
Summer Programs at Petrified Forest National Park July 2011
What are you doing this summer? Come to Petrified Forest National Park for a variety of activities, from self-guided tours to adventures with rangers.

June 01, 2011
Petrified Forest National Park Celebrates the Summer Solstice
Summer Solstice marker at Puerco Pueblo June14-28, rangers will be at the site between 8:30 am and 9:30 pm. Join us for this remarkable event!

June 01, 2011
Cultural Demonstration Program at Petrified Forest June 2011
The demonstrators for June 2011 include June 4, Roxanne Burns—Zuni Beadworker; June 11, American Indian Market Day and the Winslow Harvey Girls; June 18, Kathleen Nelson—Navajo Weaver; June 25, Sidney Poolheco—Hopi Carver, Painter, and Singer.

May 14, 2011
Summer Programs at Petrified Forest National Park May/June 2011
What are you doing this summer? Come to Petrified Forest National Park for a variety of activities, from self-guided tours to adventures with rangers.

April 21, 2011
Petrified Forest National Park Changes to Summer Hours—May 2011
Acting Park Superintendent Greg Caffey announces that Petrified Forest National Park will be changing to longer summer hours on May 8, 2011. The park will open at 7:00 a.m. and close at 7:00 p.m. Mountain Standard Time (MST) daily.

April 21, 2011
Celebrate International Migratory Bird Day  at Petrified Forest National Park—May 2011
On Saturday, May 14th, 2011 Petrified Forest National Park would like to invite the public to join in discovering and enjoying our migratory birds.

April 21, 2011
Stargazing at Petrified Forest National Park Summer 2011
No abstract supplied.

April 02, 2011
National Park Week at Petrified Forest National Park April 2011
Petrified Forest—Get out and discover something new about your 394 national parks during National Park Week, April 16th-24th. This year's focus, Healthy Parks, Healthy People, highlights the connection between human and environmental health and the vital role America's national parks play in both. All 394 national parks will have free admission during National Park Week. A listing of parks and promotions is available at www.nps.gov/npweek.

February 15, 2011
Arizona Archaeology and Heritage Awareness Month March 2011
No abstract supplied.

February 10, 2011
Petrified Forest Changes to Spring Hours and Programs 2011
Petrified Forest National Park will be changing to longer spring hours on February 27, 2011. The park will open at 7:00 am and close at 6:00 pm Mountain Standard Time (MST) daily.

January 08, 2011
Petrified Forest’s Head Paleontologist Selected for Regional Award
No abstract supplied.

January 05, 2011
Fee Free Days at Petrified Forest National Park
National parks are offering a series of fee- free days for 2011—an encouragement to all to celebrate and enjoy your public lands this year!

November 24, 2010
Anniversary and Holiday Open House at Petrified Forest—December 2010
No abstract supplied.

October 19, 2010
Petrified Forest National Park Science and Education Center Lecture Series—November 2010
In November, the Petrified Forest National Park Science and Education Center presents Paleoindian Archaeology in Petrified Forest National Park by Jason G. Theuer, Archeologist, Petrified Forest National Park

October 15, 2010
Discover Ghosts of the Past at Petrified Forest
No abstract supplied.

October 15, 2010
Petrified Forest National Park Celebrates National American Indian Heritage Month, November 2010
No abstract supplied.

October 14, 2010
Petrified Forest National Park Changes to Winter Hours—October 2010
Petrified Forest National Park will be changing to winter hours on October 24, 2010. The park will open at 8:00 a.m. and close at 5:00 p.m. Mountain Standard Time (MST) daily. The Painted Desert Visitor Center and the Rainbow Forest Museum hours will be the same as the park hours. The Painted Desert Inn National Historic Landmark is open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily. Winter hours will continue until February 27, 2011. The park will be closed on December 25th, 2010.

October 12, 2010
National Fossil Day
National Fossil Day

October 01, 2010
Petrified Forest National Park offers special tours on National Fossil Day
Petrified Forest National Park offers special tours on National Fossil Day on October 13, 2010.

August 25, 2010
Petrified Forest National Park Changes to Autumn Hours and Programs—September 2010
Petrified Forest National Park will be changing to shorter fall hours on September 7, 2010. The park will open at 7:00 a.m. and close at 6:00 p.m. Mountain Standard Time (MST) daily.

August 11, 2010
August Lecture Series
In August, the Petrified Forest National Park Science and Education Center presents Wildlife at Petrified Forest National Park and Formation of the Zooarchaelogy Reference Collection with Kenneth Bader, Physical Science Technician.

May 25, 2010
Junior Ranger Days Begin at Petrified Forest National Park
Visitors to the park can earn a special Junior Ranger badge and patch by participating in a variety of fun and educational activities on Saturdays this summer.

May 06, 2010
Fee-Free Days at Petrified Forest National Park
Petrified Forest, AZ―National parks and other federal land agencies are offering a series of fee- free days this summer and fall—an encouragement to all to celebrate and enjoy your public lands this year!

April 24, 2010
Petrified Forest National Park Changes to Summer Hours 2010
Petrified Forest National Park will be changing to longer summer hours on May 9, 2010. The park will open at 7:00 a.m. and close at 7:00 p.m. Mountain Standard Time (MST) daily.

April 03, 2010
Petrified Forest Celebrates National Park Week
National Park Week, is an opportunity to engage families and communities in America’s Great Outdoors. All the parks will have free admission during this week.

February 20, 2010
Petrified Forest National Park to Host Youth Conservation Corps Program
Petrified Forest National Park will hire up to twelve (12) youth from areas near the park in a Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) non-residential program for the summer of 2010.

February 15, 2010
Arizona Archaeology and Heritage Awareness Month 2010
No abstract supplied.

February 13, 2010
Petrified Forest Changes to Spring Hours and Programs
Park Superintendent Cliff Spencer announces that Petrified Forest National Park will be changing to longer spring hours on February 28, 2010. The park will open at 7:00 am and close at 6:00 pm Mountain Standard Time (MST) daily.

February 13, 2010
Cultural Demonstrators Celebrate Arizona Archaeology and Heritage Awareness Month at Petrified Forest National Park
March is Arizona Archeology and Heritage Awareness Month. As part of the celebration, Petrified Forest National Park will be hosting a series of Cultural Demonstrators each Saturday and one Friday in March.

January 08, 2010
Increase in Visitation for 2009 at Petrified Forest National Park
Park Superintendent Cliff Spencer announced that visitation has increased at Petrified Forest National Park 16.16% in 2009.

November 19, 2009
Anniversary and Holiday Open House 2009 at Petrified Forest
On December 8, 2009, celebrate Petrified Forest National Park’s 103nd Anniversary!

October 20, 2009
Painted Desert Inn Historic Furnishings Project Underway
Through the generous donations of park visitors, funds from the Petrified Forest Museum Association, and entrance fees, a project was funded to recreate some of the missing furnishings of the Painted Desert Inn National Historic Landmark.

October 16, 2009
Discover the Ghosts of the Past at Petrified Forest
No abstract supplied.

October 15, 2009
Celebrate National American Indian Heritage Month 2009
Petrified Forest National Park is pleased to promote awareness of and appreciation for the history and culture of American Indians during National American Indian Heritage Month. This month is dedicated to recognizing the cultures, the events and lifeways, the creativity and achievements of American Indians and Alaska Natives. This year’s theme is "Celebrating Tribal Nations: America's Great Partners." The park’s closest tribal nation partners include the Hopi, Zuni, Navajo, and White Mountain Apache.

October 11, 2009
Petrified Forest Changes to Winter Hours and Programs
Petrified Forest National Park will be changing to shorter winter hours on October 25, 2009. The park will open at 8:00 am and close at 5:00 pm Mountain Standard Time (MST) daily. The Painted Desert Visitor Center and the Rainbow Forest Museum hours will be the same as the park hours. The Painted Desert Inn National Historic Landmark is open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily. Winter hours will continue through the end of February 2010.

September 10, 2009
YCC Program Big Success at Petrified Forest
No abstract supplied.

August 25, 2009
Autumn Hours and Program Changes
Park Superintendent Cliff Spencer announces that Petrified Forest National Park will be changing to shorter autumnal hours on September 8, 2009. The park will open at 7:00 a.m. and close at 6:00 p.m. Mountain Standard Time (MST) daily.

August 19, 2009
September Science and Education Center Lecture Series
In September, the Petrified Forest National Park Science and Education Center presents “The Making of an Accurate Geological Map of Petrified Forest National Park and its Significance” by Dr. Jeff Martz.

August 19, 2009
Petrified Forest National Park Science and Education Center Lecture Series September
In September, the Petrified Forest National Park Science and Education Center presents “The Making of an Accurate Geological Map of Petrified Forest National Park and its Significance” by Dr. Jeff Martz.

July 29, 2009
Stargazing at Petrified Forest National Park
In August, you can discover the “dark side” of Petrified Forest National during two events so special Park that you need reservations: Stories in the Stars Evening Program, August 14th and 21st.

July 24, 2009
A Day at Petrified Forest National Park
No abstract supplied.

July 18, 2009
Upcoming Special Programs at Petrified Forest National Park
Petrified Forest National Park is offering even more special programs this summer!

July 10, 2009
Special Programs at Petrified Forest National Park
There will be two programs so special at Petrified Forest National Park that you need reservations: Stories in the Stars Evening Program and Wilderness Petroglyphs Hike.

June 05, 2009
Fee-Free Weekends at Petrified Forest National Park
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!

June 01, 2009
Summer Solstice Celebration at Petrified Forest
No abstract supplied.

May 27, 2009
Science and Education Center Lecture Series-Early Mammals in Triassic and Jurassic Rocks in the Southwestern United States
10 am on Wednesday, June 3, 2009: Science and Education Center Lecture Series—Early Mammals in Triassic and Jurassic Rocks in the Southwestern United States

May 22, 2009
Petrified Forest National Park Hosts American Indian Art Fair June 5-6
Petrified Forest National Park will host a Native American Arts Fair on Friday and Saturday, June 5th and 6th from 10:00am to 5:00pm. Many regional Native American artists will share their talent and offer works for sale.

April 28, 2009
Celebrate National Wildflower Week at Petrified Forest
Celebrate National Wildflower Week at Petrified Forest National Park and the diversity of beauty we can all enjoy throughout our country.

April 28, 2009
Celebrate International Migratory Bird Day
International Migratory Bird Day was created to focus attention on one of the most important and spectacular events in the life of a migratory bird—its journey between its summer and winter homes.

April 18, 2009
Petrified Forest National Park Celebrates National Park Week
No abstract supplied.

March 24, 2009
Science and Education Center Lecture Series April 2009
No abstract supplied.

February 26, 2009
Painted Desert Inn Reproduction Historic Furnishings
No abstract supplied.

February 26, 2009
Increase in Visitation at Petrified Forest National Park for January 2009
No abstract supplied.

February 18, 2009
Celebrate Arizona Archeology and Heritage Awareness Month at Petrified Forest
No abstract supplied.

February 15, 2009
March 2009 Science and Education Center Lecture Series
Petrified Forest National Park’s Fossil Preparator Kenneth Bader will be providing a presentation and demonstration on techniques used to mold fossil bones for research and display.

February 13, 2009
10th Annual Invasive Weed Awareness Week
No abstract supplied.

February 13, 2009
Petrified Forest National Park Changes to Spring Hours
Petrified Forest National Park will be changing to longer spring hours on Sunday, March 1, 2009. The park will open at 7:00 a.m. and close at 6:00 p.m. Mountain Standard Time (MST) daily.

January 30, 2009
Petrified Forest National Park Announces Early Spring Ranger Programs
Discover Petrified Forest National Park by joining a ranger-guided tour. Adventures can be found every day throughout the park.

January 15, 2009
February Science and Education Center Lecture Series
Jeff Kida, photography editor for Arizona Highways Magazine, will be providing a presentation titled “Ancient Discoveries in the Petrified Forest”.

October 21, 2008
Anniversary and Holiday Open House at Petrified Forest
On December 8, 2008, celebrate Petrified Forest National Park’s 102nd Anniversary!

October 01, 2008
Discover the Ghosts of Petrified Forest
No abstract supplied.

September 22, 2008
October Science and Education Center Lecture Series
No abstract supplied.

September 05, 2008
Successful 2008 Teacher Ranger Teacher Program
Laura Speegle from Detroit Public Schools in Detroit, Michigan was at the park from June to August 2008.

July 29, 2008
Science and Education Center Lecture Series, August 6
Paleontologist and geologist Dr. Jeffrey Martz will be providing a presentation titled “Reconstructing time: using rocks and fossils to uncover the beginning of the Age of Dinosaurs” at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, August 6.

July 28, 2008
Artist in Residence Lecture, August 3
A Photography and Digital Imaging Hike led by Artist Joe Decker is scheduled for Sunday, August 3 at 1:00 p.m. at Rainbow Forest Museum.

July 28, 2008
Artist in Residence Lecture, August 5
A Photography and Digital Imaging presentation by Artist Joe Decker will be held on Tuesday, August 5 at 10:00 a.m. in the Painted Desert Community Building located at the north end of the park (Exit 311, off of Interstate 40).

July 25, 2008
Successful Science Day Camps
Exploring the backcountry, discovering stone tools, and digging up fossils were all part of the Science Day Camps held at Petrified Forest National Park in June and July.

July 16, 2008
Artist in Residence Lecture, Francis Kazemek
Artist Francis Kazemek will lead a Phoetry Hike and Workshop on July 22 at 10:00 a.m. in the park.

June 26, 2008
Artist in Residence Program Lecture Series, July 2008
American painter Joella Jean Mahoney will present a lecture and slide show on June 28 at 2:00 p.m.

June 25, 2008
Science and Education Center Lecture Series, July 2008
Architectural Historian, Lillian Makeda will present “The Lion Farm and the National Park Service: Defining an Architectural Vision for Petrified Forest” at 10:00 a.m. on July 2.

June 18, 2008
Sunrise Run-Walk 2008
Petrified Forest National Park is hosting a 5K/10K Sunrise Run/Walk on August 16, 2008 at 5:30 a.m.

June 11, 2008
Summer Solstice Programs, June 2008
Rangers will be on site at Puerco Pueblo’s Solar Calendar from 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. daily from June 15 through June 28.

June 05, 2008
Science Day Camps 2008
No abstract supplied.

May 21, 2008
2008 Summer Cultural Demonstrators
The park will host cultural demonstrators on Saturdays from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend.

May 01, 2008
Science and Education Center Lecture Series, May 2008
Biologist Erika Nowak of NAU in Flagstaff will be presenting “Milksnakes at Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona: Implications for monitoring rare vertebrates” at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 7.

April 29, 2008
International Migratory Bird Day
On Saturday, May 10, 2008 the staff of Petrified Forest National Park would like to invite the public to join in discovering and enjoying our migratory birds.

April 22, 2008
Park Celebrates Earth Day with Holbrook Indian School
Petrified Forest National Park would like to thank the Holbrook, Arizona Seventh Day Adventist Indian School for their Earth Day community service cleanup at the park on April 22, 2008.

April 09, 2008
Petrified Forest Celebrates National Park Week - April 19-26, 2008
Join Petrified Forest National Park in celebrating your national parks! “Kids in Parks” is the best way to teach younger generations to enjoy their national natural heritage; but everyone is an honorary ‘kid’ during National Park Week.

April 03, 2008
Junior Ranger Activity Days - April 2008
No abstract supplied.

April 01, 2008
National Preservation Month - May 2008
No abstract supplied.

April 01, 2008
National Wildflower Week - May 2008
National Wildflower Week, May 5-11, 2008, emphasizes the importance of conservation and management of native plants and plant habitats and highlights the aesthetic, recreational, biological, medicinal, and economic values of wildflowers.

March 26, 2008
Family Night with the National Parks
Come learn about your American heritage with the help of Petrified Forest National Park rangers on April 24, 7:00 p.m. at the Holbrook Public Library.

March 19, 2008
Teacher-Ranger-Teachers Selected for Summer 2008
Petrified Forest National Park has selected two teachers to participate in the second annual summer Teacher-Ranger-Teacher Program.

March 19, 2008
Science and Education Center Lecture Series, April 2008
No abstract supplied.

March 10, 2008
2008 Artist in Residence
Petrified Forest National Park has selected nine artists and two alternates to participate in the 2008 Artist-in-Residence Program.

March 07, 2008
Junior Ranger Days, March 2008
Join park rangers for four days of hands-on activities designed for families and focusing on cultural resources found in the park. March 21, 22, 28, and 29 at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

March 06, 2008
Youth Conservation Corps 2008
Petrified Forest National Park will hire up to twelve (12) youth from areas near the park in a Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) non-residential program for the summer of 2008.

February 24, 2008
Cultural Demonstrators for Arizona Archeology and Heritage Awareness Month
Cultural demonstrations will take place in the park at the Painted Desert Inn National Historic Landmark from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each Saturday in March.

February 12, 2008
Park Changes to Spring Hours 2008
Petrified Forest National Park will be changing to longer spring hours on Sunday, March 2. The park will open at 7:00 a.m. and close at 6:00 p.m. Mountain Standard Time daily.

February 11, 2008
Junior Ranger Essay Contest Announced
No abstract supplied.

February 06, 2008
Public Open House
No abstract supplied.

February 06, 2008
9th Annual Invasive Weed Week
The week of February 24th to February 29th is National Invasive Weeds Awareness Week. Petrified Forest National Park joins other government agencies to help inform the public of some of the threats invasive weeds pose to public lands.

February 01, 2008
Arizona Archaeology and Heritage Awareness Month
“Share Our Dirt” at Petrified Forest National Park with special programs and cultural demonstrators.

January 25, 2008
Cliff Spencer to Head Petrified Forest National Park
Clifford (Cliff) Spencer, a 23-year NPS veteran, has been selected the new superintendent of Petrified Forest National Park.

January 16, 2008
Science and Education Center Lecture Series, February 2008
Petrified Forest National Park Museum Curator T. Scott Williams will be presenting "Petrified Forest National Park: Documenting 100 Years of Change through Re-photography."

December 21, 2007
2008 Teacher-Ranger-Teacher Program
Petrified Forest National Park is looking for teachers interested in working as National Park Rangers from June 9-August 1, 2008 as part of the Teacher-Ranger-Teacher program.

December 12, 2007
2007 Art and Essay Contest Reception
Winners of the 2007 Art and Essay Contest at Petrified Forest National Park received their awards during two recent events.

November 16, 2007
Art and Essay Contest Winners for 2008
Congratulations to the winners of the second annual Art and Essay Contest at Petrified Forest National Park.

October 26, 2007
National American Indian Heritage Month 2007
Petrified Forest National Park is pleased to promote awareness of and appreciation for the history and culture of American Indians during November celebrations of National American Indian Heritage Month.

October 24, 2007
Learning Center Lecture Series, November 2007
Archeologist Jason Theuer will provide an hour-long presentation titled “Kennewick Man and NAGPRA: Will the addition of 2 words really preclude scientific study?” on Wednesday, November 7 at 10:00 a.m.

October 24, 2007
Change to Winter Hours
The park will open at 8:00 a.m. and close at 5:00 p.m. Mountain Standard Time, starting October 28.

October 12, 2007
Ghosts of the Past
Take a lantern tour of the Painted Desert Inn National Historic Landmark at Petrified Forest National Park October 26 and 27.

October 02, 2007
Celebrate Earth Science Week 2007
Earth Science Week, October 14-20, fosters an understanding and appreciatation of earth sciences and encourages stewardship of the earth.

September 19, 2007
Learning Center Lecture Series October 2007
Biologist Dr. Kathryn Thomas of the United States Geological Survey will be providing an hour-long presentation titled “The vegetation of Petrified Forest National Park” at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, October 3.

September 11, 2007
Teacher Ranger Teacher Program
Petrified Forest National Park hired Amber Struthers, a middle school teacher from central Phoenix, as the park's first Teacher-Ranger-Teacher to help develop curriculum materials.

August 24, 2007
Learning Center Lecture Series September 2007
Archaeologist Jason Theuer of Petrified Forest National Park will be presenting titled “Stone Tools and Humanity: Do Tools Make us Human? The role of stone tool manufacture in human evolution” at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, September 5.

August 01, 2007
Another Successful Year with YCC
This past summer Petrified Forest National Park hired fourteen youth from areas near the park in a Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) program.

July 27, 2007
BLM Transfers Land to NPS
On May 18, 2007, the Secretary of the Interior directed the Bureau of Land Management to transfer administrative jurisdiction of approximately 15,228 acres of public lands to the National Park Service.

July 21, 2007
Learning Center Lecture Series August 2007
Paleontologist Bill Parker of Petrified Forest National Park will be providing an hour-long presentation titled “Ancient Denizens of the Petrified Forest” at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, August 1.

July 17, 2007
Decrease in Visitation for June 2007
Visitation for June at Petrified Forest National park had a decrease of 8% from last year with 80,657 visits compared to last year’s 87,953.

June 27, 2007
Learning Center Lecture Series July 2007
Paleontologist Randall Irmis of the University of California Museum of Paleontology will be discussing The Rise of Dinosaurs in the American Southwest.

June 18, 2007
Sunrise Run/Walk
“Petrified Forest National Park is hosting a 5K/10K Sunrise Run/Walk on August 11, 2007 at 5:30 a.m.,” stated Acting Superintendent Joe Escoto.

June 14, 2007
Increase in Visitation for May 2007
Visitation for May had a slight increase of 0.15% from last year with 55,329 visits compared to last year’s 55,245.

June 09, 2007
2007 Summer Cultural Demonstrators
This program provides the opportunity for regional peoples to share their history and traditional crafts in the dynamic setting of Petrified Forest National Park.

June 01, 2007
Report on the Future of National Parks Unveiled to the President
The Future of America’s National Parks report outlines five overarching goals that will guide the National Park Service for the next nine years leading up to its 100th anniversary in 2016.

May 18, 2007
Learning Center Lecture Series June 2007
Geologist Dr. Nancy Riggs of Northern Arizona University will be providing an hour-long presentation titled “How old is the Petrified Forest?” as part of the park’s ongoing Learning Center Lecture Series.

May 09, 2007
New Plaza Exhibits
The plaza at the Painted Desert Visitor Center is coming alive with the diverse heritage of Petrified Forest National Park.

May 09, 2007
Celebrate International Museum Day
Celebrate International Museum Day on May 18 by visiting the brand new displays at the Rainbow Forest Museum.

May 01, 2007
2007 Artist in Residence Program
Petrified Forest National Park has selected six artists and two alternates to participate in the 2007 Artist-in-Residence Program.

April 18, 2007
Learning Center Lecture Series May 2007
No abstract supplied.

April 16, 2007
Increase in Visitation for March 2007
Visitation for March increased by 31% from last year with 52,149 visits compared to last year’s 39,835.

April 12, 2007
2007 Summer Cultural Demonstrator Program
May kicks-off the beginning of the Summer Cultural Demonstrator Program, providing the opportunity for regional peoples to share their history and traditional crafts in the dynamic setting of Petrified Forest National Park.

April 10, 2007
36 Sites Apply for the United States World Heritage Tentative List
No abstract supplied.

March 29, 2007
Decrease in Visitation for February 2007
Park visitation decreased by 17% this February from last year with 21,120 visits compared to last year’s 25,424.

March 20, 2007
Learning Center Lecture Series April 2007
No abstract supplied.

March 14, 2007
Celebrate National Park Week in April
The theme of this year’s National Park Week — April 22-29 — is "Your National Parks: Explore, Learn, and Protect." Petrified Forest will offer several programs and a special display this week.

February 28, 2007
Cultural Demonstration Program 2007
May 26, 2007 kicks-off the beginning of the Petrified Forest National Park Cultural Demonstration Program.

February 23, 2007
Park Changes to Spring Hours
Petrified Forest National Park will be changing to longer spring hours on Sunday, March 4. The park will open at 7:00 a.m. and close at 6:00 p.m. Mountain Standard Time daily.

February 21, 2007
Learning Center Lecture Series March 2007
No abstract supplied.

February 20, 2007
Arizona Archeology and Heritage Awareness Month, March 2007
At Petrified Forest National Park, rangers will present a variety of interpretive programs about the park and Arizona’s archeology during the month of March.

February 15, 2007
Decrease in Visitation for January 2007
Visitation decreased by 22% this January from last year with 18,816 visits compared to last year’s 23,991.

January 25, 2007
Learning Center Lecture Series, February 2007
Petrified Forest National Park will present the film, “Invaders of the National Parks” on Wednesday, February 7 at 10:00 a.m. as part of the monthly Learning Center Lecture Series.

January 23, 2007
Decrease in Visitation for December 2006
Visitation decreased by 25% this December from last year with 20,437 visits compared to last year’s 27,234.

January 10, 2007
The Hashknife Pony Express Rides Again
Carrying on a tradition at Petrified Forest National Park, riders will take letters by horseback from the Rainbow Forest Museum at 9:00 a.m. on January 29 to the post office at Holbrook, Arizona.

December 19, 2006
Learning Center Lecture Series, January 2007
Petrified Forest National Park paleontologist Bill Parker will be giving an hour-long presentation titled “Revueltosaurus – Solving a Dinosaur Mystery” as part of the park’s ongoing Learning Center Lecture Series.

December 12, 2006
Increase in Visitation for November 2006
Visitation increased by 7% this November from last year with 30,585 visits compared to last year’s 28,666.

December 01, 2006
Art and Essay Contest Winners Announced
Congratulations to the winners of the first annual Art and Essay Contest at Petrified Forest National Park!

November 28, 2006
Learning Center Lecture Series, Wednesday, December 6
Petrified Forest National Park fossil preparator Matthew Brown will present “Uncovering the Past: Preparing Fossils for Research and Display” at 10:00 a.m. as part of the park’s ongoing Learning Center Lecture Series.

November 25, 2006
Celebrate the 100th Anniversary and Fee Free Day at Petrified Forest, December 2006
December 8 and 9 will mark the park's centennial with several special events.

November 17, 2006
Increase in Visitation for October 2006
Park visitation increased by 1% this October from last year with 46,150 visits.

October 31, 2006
Fee Free Day for U.S. Armed Forces and Their Families
No abstract supplied.

October 25, 2006
Celebrate National American Indian Heritage Month, November 2006
Petrified Forest National Park is pleased to promote awareness of and appreciation for the history and culture of American Indians during National American Indian Heritage Month, November 2006.

October 21, 2006
Increase in Visitation for September 2006
Visitation increased by 7% this September from last year with 47,378 visits compared to last year’s 44,347.

October 21, 2006
Park Changes to Winter Hours
The park will open at 8:00am and close at 5:00pm Mountain Standard Time daily, starting October 29, 2006.

October 02, 2006
Artist in Residence Art Exhibition
Petrified Forest National Park will be hosting an Artist in Residence Exhibition November 5-19, with a reception at Painted Desert Inn on November 11 at 2:00pm MST.

September 21, 2006
Photography and Art Month
Photographers and artists, from the professional to the amateur, come to capture the vivid colors and spectacular textures of the Petrified Forest National Park landscape.

September 20, 2006
Annual Fee Free Day
September 30, 2006 has been declared a “fee free” day in celebration of the National Public Lands Day.

September 15, 2006
Decrease in Visitation for August 2006
Visitation decreased 14% this August from last year with 64,930 visits compared to last year’s 75,807.

August 17, 2006
Another Successful Year with Youth Conservation Corps
During the Summer of 2006, Petrified Forest National Park hired twelve youth from areas near the park for a Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) program.

August 16, 2006
Petrified Forest Honors Volunteer Accomplishments
Volunteers play an important role in assisting national parks to fulfill their mission. Petrified Forest National Park is no exception.

August 08, 2006
Decrease in Visitation for July 2006
Park visitation for July was down by 4% from last year with 91,279.

July 28, 2006
Decrease in Visitation for June 2006
Park visitation for June was down by 4.4%% from last year with 87,953 visits.

July 26, 2006
Celebrate Route 66 Month, August 2006
Petrified Forest National Park is the only national park unit to protect a section of Historic Route 66. Learn more about the "Mother Road" through activities held during the month of August.

July 17, 2006
Cultural Demonstrator Program 2006
On Saturdays from July 22 through September 2 the park will host cultural demonstrators at Painted Desert Inn.

July 07, 2006
5K-10K Sunrise Run-Walk
This is an excellent chance to see sunrise over the Painted Desert while exercising at the same time!

June 28, 2006
Science Camp
Students participate in a two-day Science Camp held at Petrified Forest National Park.

June 26, 2006
Kabotie Murals are Conserved
Conservation of the Fred Kabotie murals in Painted Desert Inn was an important component of an 18 month rehabilitation project.

June 16, 2006
Celebrate Paleontology Month
Behind-the-scenes programs and a special display help visitors recognize the importance of the study of fossils.

June 15, 2006
Increase in Visitation for May 2006
Park attendance was up 2.3% over last year with 55,245 visits.

May 16, 2006
Painted Desert Inn to Open
Painted Desert Inn reopens Memorial Day Weekend.

May 10, 2006
Increase in Visitation for April 2006
Visitation for April was up by 4% over last year with 48,594 visits.

April 24, 2006
2006 National Passport Stamp
In its annual series of stickers for the National Park Passport book, Eastern National selected Petrified Forest National park for the national stamp.

April 24, 2006
Change to Summer Hours
Effective through September 4, 2006, summer hours at the park are 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Mountain Standard Time.

April 19, 2006
National Preservation Month
Petrified Forest National Park joins thousands of individuals around the country as part of a nationwide celebration of National Historic Preservation Month.

April 13, 2006
Decrease in Visitation for March 2006
Park visitation for March was down by 15% over last year with 39,835 visits.

April 01, 2006
Celebrate World Habitat Awareness Month
April is World Habitat Awareness Month, celebrating the Earth’s diverse natural habitats.

March 31, 2006
Artist-In-Residence Program 2006
From April through October a variety of artists will participate in Petrified Forest National Park’s Artist-in-Residence Program.

March 15, 2006
Increase in Visitation for February 2006
Visitation for February was up by 22% over last year with 25,424 visits.

February 28, 2006
New Route 66 Exhibit and Pull-Out
A new paved pull-out has been developed along the park road to showcases a section of Historic Route 66.

February 25, 2006
Change to Spring Hours
The park changes to longer spring hours on Sunday, March 5, open 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Mountain Standard Time.

February 10, 2006
Celebrate Arizona Archeology and Heritage Awareness Month
March is Arizona Archeology and Heritage Awareness Month, celebrating the state’s rich history.

February 10, 2006
Increase in Visitation for January 2006
Park visitation for January was up by 14% over last year with 23,991 visits.

January 12, 2006
Increase in Visitation for December 2005
Park visitation for December was up by 16% over last year with 27,234 visits.

Did You Know?

red badlands

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.