To stay overnight in the Petrified Forest National Wilderness Area, obtain a free backcountry permit. Permits must be acquired in person at either the Painted Desert Visitor Center or Rainbow Forest Museum on the day of camping. Details about parking and reaching your destination will be shared during your permit process.
Group camping is limited to 8. Because of the fragile soils and landscape features, minimum impact camping is very important. This includes limiting the number of people within an area.
See LNT.org to learn about the principles of Leave No Trace camping.
Last updated: August 24, 2019