Current Conditions

A microscopic look at the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Image: CDC/Alissa Eckert, MS; Dan Higgins, MAMS

2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Following guidence from the CDC and recommendations from state and local public health authorities in consiltation with NPS Public Health Service officers, the following facilities and services are suspended until further notice:

  • Painted Desert Visitor Center, Rainbow Forest Museum, Painted Desert Inn will be closed.
  • Painted Desert Gift Shop, Painted Desert Cafe, Painted Desert Travel Store and Gas Station, and Rainbow Forest Gift Shop will be closed.
  • Access to the park road, overlooks, wilderness reas, and trails will be closed.
  • Interpretive programing and hikes, cultural demonstraions, and visitor services will not be available at this time.
Road Closure Updates
Federal Highways Administration Road and Bridge Rehabilitation Project - January 2nd through late May, 2020

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you during your visit to Petrified Forest. We anticipate the project to stay on schedule, but unforeseen circumstances such as severe weather may delay construction as late as June.

Maps, park access, and more information about the 2020 Road and Bridge Rehabilitation Project can be found here.

Check back for updates or call the park at 928-524-6228 for more information.
Commercial Use Authorizations (CUAs)
Section 418 of the National Parks Omnibus Management Act of 1998, Public Law 105-391 (Section 418), authorizes the National Park Service (NPS) to issue commercial use authorizations (CUAs) to persons (referring to individuals, corporations, and other entities) to provide commercial services to park area visitors in limited circumstances. CUAs provide a means to authorize suitable commercial services to visitors in park areas. The CUA is used to provide for incidental use of park area resources by operators who provide commercial services.

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Full moon rising over sunset lit Blue Mesa
Full moon rising over sunset lit Blue Mesa

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The Park is Temporarily Closed

Generally, except for December 25, Petrified Forest National Park is open every day. During the winter there may be a delay in opening the park until the roads are safe. Check the Alerts at the top of the page or our Facebook and Twitter sites for delay and closure announcements.

Last updated: March 31, 2020

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

1 Park Road, #2217
Petrified Forest, AZ 86028


(928) 524-6228

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