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

    Petrified Forest

    National Park Arizona

Hiking

South Wilderness Area

South Wilderness Area Unit

NPS

Looking for more of an adventure off-trail? You can hike throughout the park, as long as you are safely and legally parked. Check out the Off the Beaten Path routes! The designated wilderness area is great for day-hikes and backpacking overnight.

Use a Leave No Trace ethic while hiking in the park. Stay on designated trails in developed hiking areas. Off-trail hiking damages the fragile grassland environment and disturbs wildlife habitat, creating unsightly "social" trails. Leaving the designated trail can also be hazardous for hikers due to loose rock and dangerous cliffs.

Pets must be kept on leash and are allowed where you go, except for the park buildings (except service animals, of course).

 
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Hiking in the backcountry
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Did You Know?

Agate House pueblo made with petrified wood chunks

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.