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

    Petrified Forest

    National Park Arizona

Programs, Activities, and Events

Puerco River Petroglyph Hike with Volunteer Eric

Puerco River Petroglyph Hike with Volunteer Eric


Programs, Activities, and Events

Ongoing: In our 'off-season', staff at Painted Desert Inn and Rainbow Forest Museum are happy to offer short, customized talks or walks as staffing and time allows; simply ask at either location.

Ongoing: Keep an eye out for roving rangers! As staffing allows, rangers rove park areas to include Puerco Pueblo, Crystal Forest, and Giant Logs.

March is Arizona Archeology and Heritage Awareness Month.Events throughout Arizona celebrate the cultural history of the state with unique hikes, activites, lectures and special presentations. Click here for activities at Petrified Forest National Park!

01-28-14 Hashknife Pony Express
2014 Hashknife Pony Express: Jimmy, Marc, and Richard with Pintado and Trooper
NPS Photo

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.