Off the Beaten Path

Get off the road. Get off the paved trail. Go for an adventure.

The following are suggested routes, not trails. Route finding skills will be used and distances are approximate.

 
Hoodoos near Billings Gap glowing in late afternoon
Hoodoos near Billings Gap glowing in late afternoon

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Billings Gap Overlook Hike (pdf 1303 kb)

3 miles (4.8 km) round trip

 
Bluish badlands along the historic Blue Forest Trail
Bluish badlands along the historic Blue Forest Trail

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Blue Forest Hike (pdf 9653 kb)

1.5 miles (2.4 km) one-way
(that is 1.2 miles Off the Beaten Path + 0.3 miles on Blue Mesa Loop Trail)

To make a one-way trip, you will need to set up a shuttle previous to hiking. Or turn-around and retrace your steps for a 2.4 mile (3.9 km) round trip.

 
Petrified log in front of a banded badland at Jasper Forest
Petrified log in front of a banded badland at Jasper Forest

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Jasper Forest Hike (pdf 2866 kb)

2.5 miles (4 km) round trip

 
Sunlight moves across a spiral petroglyph during summer solstice at Martha's Butte
Sunlight moves across a spiral petroglyph during summer solstice at Martha's Butte

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Marthas Butte Hike

2 miles (3.2 km) round trip

 
Onyx Bridge, a long petrified log, stretches across a wash
Onyx Bridge, a long petrified log, stretches across a wash

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Onyx Bridge Hike (pdf 1539 kb)

4 miles (6.4 km) round trip

 
Hikers crossing badlands in the Red Basin area
Hikers crossing badlands in the Red Basin area

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Red Basin/Clam Beds Hike (pdf 2721 kb)

8.5 miles (13.7 km) round trip

 
View from bluffs overlooking Jasper Forest
View from bluffs overlooking Jasper Forest

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First Forest Point Hike (pdf 2947 KB)

2.1 miles (3.4 km) round trip

 
Hoodoos tower at Devil's Playground
Hoodoos tower at Devil's Playground

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Devil's Playground

Three permits are available each week on a first-come-first-serve basis. You may call the visitor center at 928 524-6228 x236 to find out the status of these permits. Permits cannot be set aside or saved. Please note that visitors take the access road to Devil's Playground at their own risk.

Last updated: February 24, 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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