• Jasper Forest is magical in twilight, particularly the logs on stone pedestals

    Petrified Forest

    National Park Arizona

Camping

Petrified Forest National Park does not have campground facilities, and overnight parking is not allowed.

Backpack camping is allowed within the Petrified Forest National Wilderness Area, requiring, at minimum, a 1 mile hike away from two designated parking spots. A free backcountry permit is available from one of the visitor centers. Permits may not be attained in advance.

The following are popular camping options outside the park. The list is not all inclusive, and the National Park Service does not endorse the use of any of the following facilities.

Nearby National Park sites:

Canyon de Chelly National Monument: http://www.nps.gov/cach/planyourvisit/outdooractivities.htm

El Morro National Monument: http://www.nps.gov/elmo/planyourvisit/campgrounds.htm

Chaco Culture National Historical Park: http://www.nps.gov/chcu/planyourvisit/campgrounds.htm

Outside the south entrance of the park, at the junction of the park road and Highway 180, two privately owned gift shops allow overnight parking in their parking lots.

There are private campgrounds throughout Navajo and Apache Counties, in and around Holbrook, Sun Valley, St. Johns, Joseph City, and other communities.

The National Forest Service maintains great campgrounds in:

Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest http://www.fs.usda.gov/activity/asnf/recreation/camping-cabins

Coconino National Forest http://www.fs.usda.gov/activity/coconino/recreation/camping-cabins.

Nearby Arizona and New Mexico State Parks include:

Blue Water State Park http://www.emnrd.state.nm.us/PRD/Bluewater.htm

Homolovi State Park http://azstateparks.com/Parks/HORU/index.html

Fool Hollow Lake Recreation Area http://azstateparks.com/Parks/FOHO/index.html

Lyman Lake State Park http://azstateparks.com/Parks/LYLA/index.html

Don't forget to visit http://www.recreation.gov/ for all sorts of good information and reservations for public lands!

Did You Know?

Pallid bat sleeping on a wall.

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