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

    Petrified Forest

    National Park Arizona

Programs, Activities, and Events

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Puerco River Petroglyph Hike with Volunteer Eric

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Programs, Activities, and Events

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

Guided Programs in Archeology!

Sunday, September 28, 9am - 1pm
Backcountry Hike to the Historic Stagecoach Station

Join an archeologist for a guided hike into the backcountry to visit the historic stagecoach stop dating to the 1880s. In addition, we will explore a mesa with extensive petroglyphs, including prehistoric glyphs and historic inscriptions.This hike is approximately 3 miles round-trip on backcountry roads and off-trail, and is considered moderate difficulty. Please bring water, sun protection, and sturdy shoes. Meet at the Painted Desert Visitor's Center. All visitors will then drive their own cars to the backcountry parking lot,which is off of I-40 west of the main park entrance. Entrance fees apply.

Sunday, October 5
Puerco Pueblo Talk with an Archeologist 2:00pm
Behind the Scenes Petroglyph Tour 2:30pm

Walk through Puerco Pueblo with an archeologist and learn about the history of the pueblo and the people who lived there. Meet at the Puerco Pueblo parking lot for a 30 min walk along a 0.3 mile paved loop trail through the pueblo. Afterwards, stay for a behind-the-scenes look at the many petroglyphs below the mesa; this is a 0.5 mile easy walk on a trail.

Saturday October 11, 9am - 2pm
Backcountry Petroglyph Hike with an Archeologist

Join an archeologist for a guided hike into the backcountry to explore a large petroglyph site on park expansion lands. Hike is approximately 5 miles round-trip, and is considered difficult. The hike is not steep, but the route is rough and includes off-trail travel. Experienced hikers only. Meet at the parking pullout on the Blue Mesa Rd, at the bottom of the hill, directly before the Blue Mesa loop split. Please bring at least 3 liters of water, lunch, sun protection, and sturdy shoes.

 

Jun 20 - Dec 20, 2014: United Catalysts presents Postcards from the Iron Camera, an exhibit at the Painted Desert Inn National Historic Landmark. Viewing Hours: 10am to 5pm Daily. Opening Reception: 3pm-5pm, light refreshments, meet the artists, on June 20. For more information click here.

Wednesday through Sunday Sepember 10-14, 2014
: Navajo County Fair in Holbrook. The park's booth will feature the theme "More Spectacular than Ever," highlighting new areas and activities in the park. http://www.navajocountyfair.com/

Saturday September 27, 2014
: National Public Lands Day is the nation's largest single-day volunteer effort for America's public lands. This year marks the 21st annual celebration! An event will be determined in the park and posted on the website. http://www.publiclandsday.org/

 
several pots are manipulated by tongs in a firepit

Firing pottery at Painted Desert Inn.

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The Cultural Demonstrator Program at Petrified Forest National Park provides the opportunity for regional people to share their history and traditional crafts in the dynamic setting of Petrified Forest National Park.

The park is pleased to promote awareness and appreciation for the diverse history and cultures of the region in March and during the summer. Through cultural demonstrators, we can recognize the ancient peoples, intertribal relationships, European-descent cultures and even Route 66 history.

September 2014

September 1:Teddy &Rebecca Goodluck—Navajo Silversmiths
September 2: Dee Ann Husken—Navajo Beading and More
September 3: Alice Hawthorne/Angeline Murphy—Navajo Loom Weaving/Beading
September 4: Alfonzo John—Navajo Silversmith
September 5: Justin Morris—Navajo Gold/Silver Smith
September 6:Teddy &Rebecca Goodluck—Navajo Silversmiths
September 7:Teddy &Rebecca Goodluck—Navajo Silversmiths
September 8: Alice Hawthorne/Angeline Murphy—Navajo Loom Weaving/Beading
September 9: Jane Benally—Navajo Loom Weaving/Beading
September 10: Dee Ann Husken—Navajo Beading and More
September 11: Alfonzo John—Navajo Silversmith
September 12: Justin Morris—Navajo Gold/Silver Smith
September 13: Justin Morris—Navajo Gold/Silver Smith
September 14: Alice Hawthorne/Angeline Murphy—Navajo Loom Weaving/Beading
September 15: Alice Hawthorne/Angeline Murphy—Navajo Loom Weaving/Beading
September 16: Jane Benally—Navajo Loom Weaving/Beading
September 18: Alfonzo John—Navajo Silversmith
September 19: Alice Hawthorne/Angeline Murphy—Navajo Loom Weaving/Beading
September 20:Teddy &Rebecca Goodluck—Navajo Silversmiths
September 21:Teddy &Rebecca Goodluck—Navajo Silversmiths
September 22: Alice Hawthorne/Angeline Murphy—Navajo Loom Weaving/Beading |
September 23: Dee Ann Husken—Navajo Beading and More
September 24: Jane Benally—Navajo Loom Weaving/Beading
September 25: Alfonzo John—Navajo Silversmith
September 26: Jane Benally—Navajo Loom Weaving/Beading
September 27: Alice Hawthorne/Angeline Murphy—Navajo Loom Weaving/Beading
September 28: Justin Morris—Navajo Gold/Silver Smith
September 29: Justin Morris—Navajo Gold/Silver Smith
September 30: Jane Benally—Navajo Loom Weaving/Beading

Did You Know?

badlands landscape at Jasper Forest

On clear days in the Southwest, especially on crisp, cold winter days, you can see landscape features almost 100 miles away!