Petrified Forest has much to offer all visitors—limitless views, a fascinating geologic story, some of the cleanest air in the United States, and an enthralling human history. The park also features rugged terrain and historic buildings that may offer challenges to visitors with disabilities. Many of the facilities in Petrified Forest were built before current accessibility standards were set. Visitors with mobility or sight challenges may need assistance. Several of the daily Ranger Programs are at least partially accessible to wheelchair users. Inquire at visitor centers for specifics. Protective walls and railings are intermittent.
The National Park Service and park concessioners are working to improve access for all visitors. We want everyone to enjoy their visit and come back to see us!
One project is a new ramp put in at Rainbow Forest Museum, a building originally built in 1931. Native sandstone was used for the project.
Learn about the America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Lands Access Pass which provides a wide range of discounts on activities and services when you visit federal lands.
Accessible Opportunities at Rainbow Forest Museum and Painted Desert Visitor Center
The ease of use will vary, and some may require assistance, particularly in historic facilities. ·
The Chinde Point picnic area has some accessible sites, including an accessible restroom. The Rainbow Forest picnic area has limited accessibility.
Last updated: April 5, 2023