Fall 2013: Highway Interchange Bridge Work
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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.
Historic Route 66 Geocaching Project
Welcome to the Petrified Forest National Park EarthCache Program! This National Park Service-sponsored recreational activity leads you to some of the park's significant geological resources. Using your own Global Positioning System (GPS) unit and a set of clues obtained from this website and hidden along the journey, you can guide yourself to a series of sites in the park. To make your experience an unforgettable success, please read these guidelines and suggestions.
Please note that geocaching with traditional physical caches is not permitted in the park without the permission of the National Park Service.
Scroll down to see the various Earthcaches in the park.
What is Geocaching?
What is an EarthCache?
What you will need to participate:
How the program works:
A formatted, printer-friendly version of this information is available here (pdf 121 kb). Are you interested in learning more about EarthCache activities nationwide? Then visit the Geological Society of America's EarthCache website.
Click on the links below to find EarthCaches at Petrified Forest National Park.
T. Scott Williams/NPS Photo
Marge Post/NPS Photo
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.