area map of park and highways
Area Map of Petrified Forest National Park


Entering the Park

Petrified Forest National Park stretches north and south between Interstate 40 and Highway 180. There are two entrances into the park. Your direction of travel dictates which entrance is more convenient:

Westbound Interstate 40 travelers should take Exit 311, drive the 28 miles through the park and connect with Highway 180 at the south end. Travel 19 miles on Highway 180 North to return to Interstate 40 via Holbrook.

Eastbound Interstate 40 travelers should take Exit 285 into Holbrook then travel 19 miles on Highway 180 South to the park's south entrance. Drive the 28 miles north through the park to return to Interstate 40.

Car at North Entrance Station
Car at North Entrance Station


Petrified Forest National Park is located in northeastern Arizona, about 50 miles from the New Mexico border on Interstate 40. There is no public transportation to or within the park.

By Plane

Nearest major airports are in Phoenix, Arizona and Albuquerque, New Mexico. There are also smaller airports in Flagstaff and Show Low, Arizona and Gallup, New Mexico. From the airport, you may want to rent a car to drive to the park. For private planes, there is a small airport located in Holbrook, Arizona.

By Private Vehicle

From the north and west side of greater Phoenix travel Interstates 17 North and 40 East, passing through Flagstaff (259 miles).

From eastern side of greater Phoenix travel Highways 87 North to Payson, 260 East to Heber, 377 North to Holbrook, and 180 South to the park (215 miles).

Driving from Albuquerque travel 204 miles west on Interstate 40 to Exit 311.

Petrified Forest North Entrance Sign
North Entrance Sign


GPS Coordinates

In this area, a regular map is better than using GPS. GPS doesn't understand the nuances of backroads and vast landscapes with locked gates. The park has two entrances, one off of I-40, the other from Hwy 180, both with obvious entrances.Be aware that some apps outside of don't always accurately locate sites within the park. One app actually places the headquarters in a remote wash out in the backcountry. Please be careful in using GPS units to find our park!

Painted Desert Visitor Center and Park Headquarters (North Entrance)
Latitude: 35.06543746738773
Longitude: -109.78153824806213

Rainbow Forest Museum (South Entrance)
Latitude: 34.81517743163217
Longitude: -109.86576497554779

Painted Desert Inn National Historic Landmark
Latitude: 35.08343319608185
Longitude: -109.78861391544342

Last updated: September 24, 2023

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

Petrified Forest National Park
P.O. Box 2217

Petrified Forest, AZ 86028-2217


928 524-6228

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