Petrified Forest National Park is working on making your park more accessible. Many of the facilities are historic, built in the early 20th century, often lacking modern accessibility structures. One project is a new ramp into the Rainbow Forest Museum, originally built in 1931. The staff at the park is working hard on getting this feature finished using native sandstone. We will keep you apprised of changes as they happen during this project!
Welcome to Petrified Forest National Park!
Petrified Forest has much to offer all visitors—limitless views, a fascinating geologic story, some of the cleanest air in the United States, and an enthralling human history. The park also features rugged terrain and historic buildings that may offer challenges to visitors with disabilities. This publication provides information on what to expect when you are using the facilities in the park. It supplements other park publications including the Trip Planner and park brochures. The National Park Service and park concessioners are working to improve access for all visitors.
Many of the facilities in Petrified Forest are historic and built before current accessibility standards were set. The terrain is rugged with narrow trails and steep cliffs. Visitors with mobility or sight challenges may need assistance. Several of the daily Interpretive Ranger Programs are at least partially wheelchair accessible. Inquire at visitor centers for specifics. Protective walls and railings are intermittent.
Please be careful when you are visiting and follow the safety tips below. We want everyone to enjoy their visit and come back to see us!
Accessible Opportunities at Rainbow Forest Museum and Painted Desert Visitor Center ·
Accessible Restrooms Restrooms in these locations offer some accommodations. The ease of use will vary, and some may require assistance, particularly in historic facilities. ·
The Chinde Point picnic area has some accessible sites, including an accessible restroom. The Rainbow Forest picnic area has limited accessibility.
Painted Desert Rim Trail
* Trail guide available inside Rainbow Forest Museum. Giant Logs features some of the largest and most colorful logs in the park. "Old Faithful", at the top of the trail, is almost ten feet wide! This paved trail has several sets of stairs so only the lower section is available to many with mobility challenges.
Long Logs and Agate House Trails can be combined for a total of 2.6 miles round trip. See below for individual trail descriptions.
Length: 1.6 mile loop
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...