A Place for Discovery

Did you know that Petrified Forest is more spectacular than ever? While the park has all the wonders known for a century, there are many new adventures and discoveries to share. There are backcountry hikes into areas never open before such as Red Basin and little known areas like the Martha's Butte. There are new exhibits that bring the stories to life. Come rediscover Petrified Forest!

Hikers near spectacular banded badlands on Red Basin Clambeds route

Off the Beaten Path Hikes

Spectacular banded badlands along Red Basin Clambeds is one of the Off the Beaten Path routes featuring the backcountry of the park.

A volunteer interpreter leads a group along a pale ridge in the Painted Desert

Guided Programs, Activities, and Events

A volunteer interpreter leads a group into the Painted Desert

Students view the Painted Desert.


Students view the Painted Desert.

A backpacker enjoys twilight in the wilderness overlooking the Painted Desert


A backpacker enjoys twilight in the Petrified Forest National Wilderness Area

Father and son overlook the Painted Desert

Every Kid in a Park

Hey fourth graders! See America’s natural wonders and historic sites for free.

Rhonda Rider plays her cello at Blue Mesa

Artist-in-Residence Program

Artists-in-Residence spend time in the park, becoming inspired, to create new pieces representing the unique beauty and wonder.

Last updated: October 15, 2017

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Mailing Address:

1 Park Road, PO Box 2217
Petrified Forest, AZ 86028


(928) 524-6228

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