Eating & Sleeping

The park’s concession will be closing several operations as follows:

March 20 at 2:00 p.m. – Rainbow Forest Gift Shop (south end of the park)
March 20 at 2:00 p.m. – Painted Desert Café (north end of the park)
March 20 at 5:00 p.m. – Painted Desert Gift Shop (north end of the park)

The Painted Desert Travel Store and Gas Station at the north end of the park will remain open daily from 8am-5pm. This could change at any time. The travel store will sell polished petrified wood, soda, snacks, ice cream, grab-and-go food. Coffee and fountain drinks may be available as well.


Painted Desert Diner and a convenience store for snacks are located next to the Painted Desert Visitor Center. Limited snacks are also available for purchase at the curio shop in Rainbow Forest. These sites are operated by our new concessionaire Ortega National Parks. Painted Desert Diner is open daily 8:00am to 4:00pm. They serve Navajo tacos, burgers, various soups and stews, and other favorites.

There are no campgrounds in the park, and parking overnight is not allowed. Backpacking is allowed within the Petrified Forest National Wilderness Area and permits are FREE! Visit the camping page for information on camping outside the park.

Overnight accommodation is not available in the park, but can be found in nearby communities.

Visit the Goods and Services page for nearby communities' chamber of commerce information.

Last updated: March 19, 2020

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Mailing Address:

1 Park Road, #2217
Petrified Forest, AZ 86028


(928) 524-6228

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