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Beat the Pandemic Blues with a Visit to Petrified Forest National Park!

A young man dressed in a warm jacket and beanie walks two medium size dogs, one brown, one tan, down a path with large stumps of petrified wood laying on their side.
A visitor and his dogs enjoying a walk on the Giant Logs trail.


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News Release Date: December 31, 2020

Contact: Sarah Herve, 928-524-6228 x245

Petrified Forest, AZ- If you are looking for a fun and unique place to recreate nearby, visit the Petrified Forest National Park!  Petrified Forest is a beautiful and safe place to get out and explore after feeling cooped up. Exercise has proven to be an excellent stress reliever and the park has a wide variety of wonderful trails and backcountry hiking opportunities for the entire family, dogs included! The park also celebrates being dog friendly by offering an official bark ranger program for canine visitors.  


The park is open 8am to 5pm MST daily (except Christmas day). The north park entrance is accessed via exit 311 off Interstate 40, one hour west of Gallup NM and thirty minutes east of Holbrook AZ.  The south entrance is thirty minutes east of Holbrook via Highway 180.  

For those who like to visit the park often, consider purchasing the Petrified Forest Annual Pass. The pass is $45.00 for an entire year of unlimited visits. A seven-day entrance pass is $25 per vehicle.   

The National Park Service offers a variety of free and one-time pay passes.  For more information on them, visit 

The following are 2021 fee free days for all National Parks:                                             

January 18: Birthday of Martin Luther King Jr.       
April 17: First day of National Park Week
August 4: One year anniversary of the Great American Outdoors Act
August 25: National Park Service Birthday
September 25: National Public Lands Day                       
November 11: Veterans Day 

Weekend guided hikes begin January 8, 2021. Visit the park web site or our Facebook page to learn more. 

We hope to see you out on the trails!

Last updated: December 31, 2020

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Mailing Address:

Petrified Forest National Park
PO Box 2217 1 Park Road #2217

Petrified Forest, AZ 86028-2217


(928) 524-6228

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