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.
Arizona Archeology and Heritage Awareness Month
Arizona Archeology and Heritage Awareness Month March 2013
Life on the Edge: Feast or Famine in Arizona's Past
Saturdays in March: March 2, 9, 16, and 23, 2013
Cultural Demonstrations: a cultural demonstrator with ancestral ties to the area will share engaging skills and traditions. Enjoy any time between 10am-4pm at the Painted Desert Inn National Historic Landmark.
Contact: Kip Woolford
Saturdays in March: March 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30, 2013
Sandbox Archaeology: Children will excavate artifacts from a sandbox that reflect the rich human history of the park. This activity is led by a park ranger. Enjoy any time between 10am-12pm at Painted Desert Visitor Center.
Contact: Lauren Carter
2 pm Saturdays in March: March 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30, 2013
Puerco Pueblo Walk: Join a ranger to explore remains of an ancestral Puebloan village. O.3 mile walk on a paved loop, about 45 minute program. Meet the ranger at the Puerco Pueblo trailhead, 11 miles from the north entrance (there is an entrance fee into the park).
Contact: Lauren Carter
Daily, March 1 - 30, during normal hours of Painted Desert Inn
Archeology Exhibit: enjoy an exhibit that showcases the 10,000+ year human history of the Petrified Forest area at Painted Desert Inn National Historic Landmark (north end of Petrified Forest National Park; there is an entrance fee into the park).
Contact: Sarah Herve
928- 524-6228 x264
10am Wednesdays in March
Guided Backcountry Hike: Join a ranger or archeologist for a guided hike into areas of Petrified Forest National Park's backcountry. Each hike will showcase excellent examples of petroglyphs and the rich human history of the area. Bring sturdy hiking shoes, appropriate clothing, hat, sunscreen, water. Suitable for children if they are able to comfortably walk the distances associated with each hike; at least eight years of age is recommended. Approximately two hours long for each hike.
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.