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

    Petrified Forest

    National Park Arizona


Walking the Rim Trail

Walking the Rim Trail


One of the best way to enjoy and experience Petrified Forest National Park is on foot. Designated trails range in length from less than a half-mile to almost three miles.

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 are allowed on the developed trails. Pets must be kept on leash at all times. Pets are not permitted in park buildings (except for service animals). Please clean up after your animal.

Bicycles are not allowed on trails except for the half mile access trail that leads to the junction between the Long Logs and Agate House Trails.

At this time, none of the developed trails meet ADA requirements. Portions of some trails are accessible with assistance. Please see the descriptions below for more information.

Painted Desert

Painted Desert

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Painted Desert Rim Trail
Length: 1 mile round trip
Trailheads: Tawa Point and Kachina Point
This unpaved trail winds through the rim woodland, a place for chance encounters of many species of plants and animals and spectacular views of the Painted Desert.
Please do not harm animals or plants in the park.
Even though this trail does not have stairs, the waterbars and dirt-gravel surface may make this trail unsuitable for strollers or mobility vehicles.

partially reconstructed pueblo walls

Puerco Pueblo

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Puerco Pueblo
Length: 0.3 mile loop
Trailhead: Puerco Pueblo parking area
At Puerco Pueblo, walk amidst the remains of a hundred room pueblo, occupied by the ancestral Puebloan people over 600 years ago. Petroglyphs can be viewed along the south end of the trail.
Do not climb on the boulders or walls. Please do not touch the petroglyphs.
This trail is paved and does not have stairs, making it suitable for strollers and various mobility equipment (power and manual).


Blue Mesa

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Blue Mesa
Length: 1 mile loop, moderately strenuous
Trailhead: Blue Mesa sun shelter
Descending from the mesa, this alternately paved and gravel trail loop offers the unique experience of hiking among badland hills of bluish bentonite clay as well as petrified wood. Numerous plant and animal fossils have been found by paleontologists in the sedimentary layers of Blue Mesa.

hikers on Crystal Forest Trail

Crystal Forest

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Crystal Forest
Length: 0.75 mile loop
Trailhead: Crystal Forest parking area
Named for the presence of beautiful crystals that can be found in the petrified logs, this trail offers one of the best opportunities to experience the petrified wood deposits. Please leave the petrified wood for others to enjoy. Report anyone removing petrified wood, or any other materials, from the park.

visitors on Giant Logs Trail

Giant Logs Trail

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Giant Logs
Length: 0.4 mile loop
Location: Behind Rainbow Forest Museum
* Trail guide available inside Rainbow Forest Museum.
Giant Logs features some of the largest and most colorful logs in the park. "Old Faithful", at the top of the trail, is almost ten feet wide at the base!
This paved trail has several sets of stairs and may not be suitable for strollers or mobility equipment.

Long Logs and Agate House Trails can be combined for a total of 2.6 miles round trip. See below for individual trail descriptions.
petrified log and color-banded badland hills

Long Logs Trail

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Long Logs
Length: 1.6 mile loop
Trailhead: Rainbow Forest Museum parking area
Long Logs is one of the largest concentrations of petrified wood in the park. Explore this ancient log jam at the base of gray badlands.
Please leave petrified wood for others to enjoy. Report anyone removing petrified wood, or any other materials, from the park.
The first half-mile of this trail is paved and suitable for mobility equipment and strollers. Strollers may be negotiated on the loop, but it is not recommended for most wheelchairs and other mobility equipment due to its narrow width and very rough surface. Stairs up to the shade shelter can be avoided by using the Agate House trail to access the hilltop.

partially reconstructed pueblo walls made of petrified wood

Agate House

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Agate House
Length: 2 miles round trip
Trailhead: Rainbow Forest Museum parking area
Archeologists believe that this small pueblo was occupied for a short time about 700 years ago. Seasonal farmers or traders possibly built Agate House as a temporary home.
Please leave all archeological artifacts for all to enjoy. Do not sit on fragile walls.
The first half-mile of this trail is paved and suitable for strollers and various mobility equipment (power and manual). The rest of the trail may be negotiated out to Agate House, but it is narrow width and very rough surface, not suitable for some wheelchairs and other equipment.

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