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

    Petrified Forest

    National Park Arizona

Operating Hours & Seasons

The park is open year round except Christmas, December 25.
Petrified Forest National Park is open at different hours during the year. Hour Changes (times are Mountain Standard year round-this area does not observe Daylight Savings):

Park Road Hours:
Nov 3-Feb 22, 2014 8am-5pm
Feb 23-Apr 5, 2014 7am-6:30pm
Apr 6-May 3, 2014 7am-7pm
May 4-May 31, 2014 7am-7:30pm
June 1-July 26, 2014 7am-8pm
July 27-Aug 23, 2014 7am-7:30pm
Aug 24-Sept 20, 2014 7am-7pm
Sept 21-Nov 1 7am to 6pm
Nov 2-Dec 31 8am to 5pm

Facilities
Painted Desert Visitor Center hours:
8am-5pm daily

Rainbow Forest Museum
8am-7pm daily

Painted Desert Inn is a National Historic Landmark with stunning views of the Painted Desert. currently 10:00am-5pm daily. The Painted Desert Rim Trail (0.5 mi/0.8 km one way) begins here.

Two gift shops, a convenience store, a gas station, and restaurant are operated in the park by valued concessionaire Xanterra. Hours vary seasonally for these locations; call (928) 524-3756 for further information.

Park and Visitor Center hours are subject to change.

Note: Arizona does not observe Daylight Savings Time, remaining on Mountain Standard Time year-round. For example, in the summer months, during Daylight Savings Time, the time in Arizona and California is the same, with New Mexico and the Navajo Reservation one hour ahead.

 
Painted Desert Inn National Historic Landmark
Painted Desert Inn National Historic Landmark
Hallie Larsen/NPS

Did You Know?

closeup of colorful agatized petrified wood

Petrified wood at Petrified Forest National Park is almost solid quartz, weighing in at 168 pounds per cubic foot. It's so hard, you can only cut it with a diamond tipped saw! More...