Plan Your Visit

Explore and discover Petrified Forest! Petrified Forest is a surprising place, offering far more than the world renowned petrified logs. You can see so much just from your car and a few stops at overlooks. Imagine what you can see by walking one of the short maintained trails or even hiking into the backcountry along one of the Off the Beaten Path routes! There are fossils, badlands, buttes and mesas, ancient petroglyphs, wildlife and wildflowers depending on the time of year; vast vistas for more than a hundred miles! If you are craving some quiet solitude, the Painted Desert is perfect for hiking and contemplation.

Where to begin? This "Plan Your Visit" section has all kinds of helpful tips about things to do, places to go, eating and sleeping, and current conditions. You will find the pages in the menu to the left. Dig deeper for information about accessibility, directions, operating hours and seasons, fees and passes, permits and reservations, and itineraries. Petrified Forest is just waiting for you to discover!

Hikers on the Blue Mesa Trail

Hikers on the Blue Mesa Trail

Stuart Holmes/NPS

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