Camping

2 young men backpack among red badlands
Painted Desert backpackers

NPS/Tara Harbert

Backcountry camping is allowed within the Petrified Forest National Wilderness Area, requiring, at minimum, a 1 mile hike away from two designated parking spots. Permits are FREE and must be acquired in person at either the Painted Desert Visitor Center, Painted Desert Inn, or Rainbow Forest Museum, at least an hour before the park closes.

Petrified Forest National Park does not have campground facilities. The following are popular camping options outside the park. The list is not all inclusive, and the National Park Service does not endorse any of the following facilities.

Outside the south entrance of the park, at the junction of the park road and Highway 180, two privately owned gift shops allow overnight parking in their parking lots.
There are private campgrounds throughout Navajo and Apache Counties, in and around Holbrook, Sun Valley, St. Johns, Joseph City, and other communities.

Nearby national park sites with campgrounds:
Canyon de Chelly National Monument: http://www.nps.gov/cach/planyourvisit/outdooractivities.htm
El Morro National Monument: http://www.nps.gov/elmo/planyourvisit/campgrounds.htm
Chaco Culture National Historical Park: http://www.nps.gov/chcu/planyourvisit/campgrounds.htm

The National Forest Service maintains great campgrounds in:
Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest http://www.fs.usda.gov/activity/asnf/recreation/camping-cabins
Coconino National Forest http://www.fs.usda.gov/activity/coconino/recreation/camping-cabins.

Nearby Arizona and New Mexico State Parks include:
Blue Water State Park http://www.emnrd.state.nm.us/PRD/Bluewater.htm
Homolovi State Park http://azstateparks.com/Parks/HORU/index.html
Fool Hollow Lake Recreation Area http://azstateparks.com/Parks/FOHO/index.html
Lyman Lake State Park http://azstateparks.com/Parks/LYLA/index.html

Visit www.recreation.gov for information and reservations for public lands

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

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

Phone:

(928) 524-6228

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