Nature & Science

Petrified Forest National Park is located in the greater Painted Desert—they are not two separate parks. While the Painted Desert encompasses about 1500 square miles, the park is about 150,000 acres—and not desert! Actually the main environment is short-grass prairie or intermountain-basin, semi-arid grassland. It is dry here, but there is snow in the winter and rain during the monsoon. Explore the varied species that make their home in this demanding environment.
 
Dark thunderheads above sunset lit badlands.

A Dynamic Landscape

Petrified Forest National Park is located in the greater Painted Desert—they are not two separate parks.

A herd of pronghorn look out at the view

Animals

Pronghorn, Pai whiptails, and pygmy-blues, oh my!

Magenta blossom is bigger than the cactus

Plants

From mosses to trees, hundreds of species of plants live in the park.

Eroded towers in Devil's Playground

Environmental Factors

Rain, snow, wind, waves, and sun shape the park’s life and landscapes.

Eroded towers at Devil's Tower

Natural Features & Ecosystems

Explore the park’s ecology and geology.

Catching and studying bats

Research

Scientific research is ongoing at the park.

 
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Last updated: July 29, 2017

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Mailing Address:

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

Phone:

(928) 524-6228

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