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

    Petrified Forest

    National Park Arizona

Things To Do

Painted Desert Visitor Center

Painted Desert Visitor Center is located at the north end of the park off Interstate 40.

NPS Photo

Many people don't realize that there is a lot to do at Petrified Forest National Park. Many visitors drive through the park, stop at some of the overlooks, and perhaps walk one of the trails. There are seven maintained trails in the park that include archeology, natural environments,and petrified logs. In addition there are backcountry hikes with defined routes brochures of which can be picked up at the visitor centers/museums. You can also hike into the Petrified Forest National Wilderness Area that has two units, one in the north that features the red part of the Painted Desert, and one in the south that offers highly eroded landscapes, badlands, and petrified wood. Backpacking overnight is allowed in the wilderness area with a free permit. During the busy season, guided programs are offered and staff roves the trails throughout the year to respond to any questions. We also have Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, and YouTube sites as well as a presence at Yelp, FourSquares, and Pinterest for up to date information. Be sure to stop at the Painted Desert Visitor Center, Painted Desert Inn National Historic Landmark, or the Rainbow Forest Museum to find out what's going on!

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