A Place for Discovery

Park Hours: 8am to 6pm, MST. Don't forget that Arizona does not observe Daylight Savings.

Petrified Forest is best known for its Triassic fossils. It's like having two parks in one, an ecosystem over 200 million years old with plants and animals now represented in the surreal landscape of the Painted Desert. There is also a living park with its own denizens adapted to a demanding environment.

Image of Blue Mesa and a map

There are two ways to enter the park

Things to do such as touring and trails with multiple images of people in the park.
Things to Do

There are many things to do in the park--overlooks, short trails, paleo lab, backcountry hikes--for different interests and abilities.

Pets with their people, welcome for leashed pets.
We are Pet Friendly!

·Bag your pet’s poop. ·Always keep your pet on a leash. ·Respect wildlife. ·Know where you can go.

Hiker on the Rim Trail with trail info for short to longer distances.
Walk a Trail

Maintained trails are easy, paved or graveled, from 0.3 to 2.6 miles, great for all ages and abilities.

Last updated: July 1, 2024

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

Petrified Forest National Park
P.O. Box 2217

Petrified Forest, AZ 86028-2217


928 524-6228

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