Planning Trip at Painted Desert Visitor Center
Travel through the park is by private vehicle, bicycle, motorcycle, or commercial tour only. The park road, parking lots, and pull outs are suitable for large recreation vehicles, including those towing smaller vehicles. Off road vehicle travel is not allowed within the park, including mountain bikes.
Travel time through the park is at least 45 minutes, though an average visit is 2-3 hours with stops at viewpoints or trails along the park road.
Restrooms are located at the Painted Desert Visitor Center, Painted Desert Inn National Historic Landmark, Chinde Point (seasonal), Puerco Pueblo (no water), and Rainbow Forest Museum.
Guided Programs and Activities
Throughout the year, Petrified Forest National Park offers different guided programs, activities and events.
There is a restaurant next to the Painted Desert Visitor Center, as well as a convenience store for snacks. Some snacks are also available at the curio shop at Rainbow Forest.
Souvenirs, Gifts, and Other Necessities
Museum Association bookstores are offered at the Painted Desert Visitor Center, Painted Desert Inn National Historic Landmark, and the Rainbow Forest Museum. Gift shops are located nearby the visitor center and museum. A convenience store is available at the gas station at painted Desert Visitor Center.