Basic Information

Petrified Forest National Park is a semi-arid grassland. Temperatures range from above 100° F (38° C) to well below freezing. About 10 inches (25.4 cm) of moisture comes during infrequent snow in the winter and often dramatic summer thunder-storms. Animals and plants are adapted to extremes in temperature and moisture. You should be ready too. Check out the forecast before you arrive and plan accordingly.

Entrance Fees:

Auto/7-day pass to Petrified Forest National Park - $20.00

Fee is for one private vehicle and the people within for 7 days.

Bicycle and walkers/per person - $10.00

The fee allows for one person walking or one person on a bicycle into the park for 7 days.

Motorcycle (flat fee) - $15.00

Allows a motorcycle and riders in for 7 days.

Entrance Passes:

Petrified Forest National Park Annual Pass - $40.00

Good for a private vehicle and its occupants for a year.

Painted Desert Visitor Center

Painted Desert Visitor Center is located at exit #311 off of I-40. The center provides information, book sales, exhibits, and restrooms. Timeless Impressions, a free orientation film about the park, is shown continuously throughout the day. A restaurant and gift shop are adjacent to the visitor center.It is part of the Painted Desert Community Complex which is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Rainbow Forest Museum

Rainbow Forest Museum provides exhibits of petrified wood, fossils, and displays of prehistoric animals as well as information, book sales, and restrooms. Timeless Impressions, a free orientation film about the park, is shown continuously throughout the day.

Painted Desert Inn National Historic Landmark

Painted Desert Inn National Historic Landmark, located at Kachina Point 2 miles from the north entrance at exit #311 off of I-40, once served as a respite for travelers along historic Route 66. From the inn, you may view distant vistas and exhibits while touring this historic building.

Hikers Boots in Backcountry
Hikers show off their muddy boots


Current Conditions
Links will take you to road conditions and a webcam on the freeway at the north entrance of the park.

Permits & Reservations
Imagine a wedding overlooking the Painted Desert or taking photographs for that book you've been writing. You can apply for special permits to experience the park in an entirely different way.

Petrified Forest even starts with "pet"! We are one of the most animal friendly parks. Bring your leashed pet any place you are allowed to go except into the buildings. You can even take Fluffy on a trail or backpack overnight with Snoopy!

Goods & Services
There are bookstores, gift shops, convenience store, gas station, and restaurant in the park. If you can't find what you need here, there are communities nearby with plenty of amenities.

Last updated: April 3, 2016

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

1 Park Road, #2217
Petrified Forest, AZ 86028


(928) 524-6228

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