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 in gray, blue, and purple badlands at Blue Mesa

Off the Beaten Path Hikes

Backcountry Hike to Blue Forest

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

Taking a walk with the dog at Crystal Forest

Going to the Dogs: Pets in the Park

Pets can take walks on the trails too!

Snow covers the Painted Desert

Winter Fun in the Park

Snow can highlight the park during winter.

A scientist prepares a fossil in a plaster jacket.

Science in the Park

Research takes place in the field and laboratory in the park.

A backpacker enjoys twilight in the wilderness overlooking the Painted Desert

Get Wild! Go Backpacking

A backpacker enjoys twilight in the Petrified Forest National Wilderness Area

Last updated: December 23, 2017

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Mailing Address:

1 Park Road, #2217
Petrified Forest, AZ 86028


(928) 524-6228

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