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.

billings gap overlook


Billings Gap Overlook Hike (pdf 1303 kb)

3 miles (4.8 km) round trip



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.

jasper logs supported by stone pedestals


Jasper Forest Hike (pdf 2866 kb)

2.5 miles (4 km) round trip

Martha's Butte solar spiral


Martha's Butte Hike

2 miles (3.2 km) round trip

Onyx Bridge


Onyx Bridge Hike (pdf 1539 kb)

4 miles (6.4 km) round trip

Fossil clam beds and badlands


Red Basin/Clam Beds Hike (pdf 2721 kb)

8.5 miles (13.7 km) round trip

First Forest Point West Jasper
First Forest Point Hike


First Forest Point Hike (pdf 2947 KB)

2.1 miles (3.4 km) round trip

Off the Beaten Path: Devil's Playground


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.

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

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


(928) 524-6228

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