Guided Tours

Hikers heading into Jasper Forest
Off the Beaten Path Jasper Forest Hike

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Guided Activities

Special programs will be offered throughout the year! Check the searchable Calendar, as well as our social media pages.

Ranger Guided Programs are available seasonally and as staffing allows, but our staff is always roving the park. Keep an eye out for roving rangers in popular areas like Puerco Pueblo, Crystal Forest, and Giant Logs for on-the-spot information.

 

January Programs and Events


Wednesday Paleontology lab demonstration
Painted Desert Visitor Center complex
Anytime between 11am – 3pm

Science is active and ongoing at Petrified Forest National Park! Follow signs at Painted Desert Visitor Center that lead to the park’s ‘paleo lab’ where you can interact with park scientists working on real Triassic-era fossils.

Monday January 15, All day
Fee Free Day
The entire park

Enjoy free admission to all National Parks (to include Petrified Forest) in celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

January 2018 Off the Beaten Path Hikes

Monday January 1, 10am
Guided Off the Beaten Path Hike: ‘Titanic’ hike (to the Sinking Ship)
Park at the roadside pullout at the Teepees area near mile marker 14 on the northbound (east) side of the road

Ring in the New Year with a great, rugged hike! From the fossil-rich Blue Forest, this route crosses some of the oldest exposed terrain in the park to a hill that appears to be sinking into the earth (and is), past beautiful red petrified logs and a few petroglyphs, before returning to the Tepees. Hike is about 5 ½ miles round trip in off-trail conditions with an altitude gain/drop of about 500 feet. Be prepared for a multi-hour hike in the park’s backcountry with adequate food, water, layered clothing, footwear, hat, and sunscreen. Limited to 15 participants. Call 928-368-3821 for further information.

Saturday January 13, 9:30am Guided Off the Beaten Path Hike: Historic Blue Forest Trail. Park at the roadside pullout at the Teepees area near mile marker 14 on the northbound (east) side of the road
The Blue Forest Trail was constructed in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), with the trail rehabilitated in 2013 for adventurous hikers like yourselves! This hike traverses this trail and beyond through rugged, beautiful badlands. The route includes steep ascents and descents and is about 4 miles round trip. Trekking poles are encouraged. No pets please on this hike. Be prepared with adequate food, water, clothing, footwear, hat, and sunscreen. Limited to 12 participants. Call (515) 724-4493 for further information.

Saturday January 13, 2:00pm
Guided Off the Beaten Path Hike: Jasper Forest. Meet at Jasper Forest overlook parking lot

Enjoy an easy hike along a vintage 1930s era roadbed among beautiful petrified logs. Hike is about 3 miles round trip. Be prepared for a multi-hour hike in the park’s off-trail backcountry with adequate food, water, clothing, footwear, hat, and sunscreen. Limited to 15 participants. Call (515) 724-4493 for further information.

Sunday January 14, 9:30am
Guided Off the Beaten Path Hike: Wilderness Loop. Meet at Painted Desert Inn

Hike into the park’s ‘Black Forest’ area to experience some of the largest and youngest (geologically speaking) petrified trees in the park. Hike is about 7 ½ miles round trip in off-trail conditions. Be prepared for a multi-hour hike in the park’s backcountry with adequate food, water, clothing, footwear, hat, and sunscreen. Limited to 15 participants. Call (515) 724-4493 for further information.


Monday January 15, 9:30am
Guided Off the Beaten Path Hike: Onyx Bridge. Meet at Painted Desert Inn
Enjoy a walk to Onyx Bridge, a dramatic example of petrified wood eroding out of the Black Forest Bed of the Chinle Formation. Hike is about 4 miles round trip in off-trail conditions. Be prepared for a multi-hour hike in the park’s backcountry and bring adequate food, water, clothing, footwear, hat, and sunscreen. Limited to 15 participants. Call (515) 724-4493 for further information.

Monday January 15, 2:00pm
Guided Off the Beaten Path Hike: Jasper Forest. Meet at Jasper Forest overlook parking lot

Enjoy an easy hike along a vintage 1930s era roadbed among beautiful petrified logs. Hike is about 3 miles round trip. Be prepared for a multi-hour hike in the park’s off-trail backcountry with adequate food, water, clothing, footwear, hat, and sunscreen. Limited to 15 participants. Call (515) 724-4493 for further information.

 
Junior rangers speak with a ranger
Junior Rangers speak with Ranger Lauren

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Daily Fun

Daily
Find Your Park
findyourpark.com/share
Anytime

Celebrate the National Park Service’s Centennial by sharing your own story! Browse the official Find Your Park website for inspiration, then upload your own song, photo, painting, poem, dance, video – anything you’d like to share about your visit.

Daily
Geocaching
Selected locations throughout the park
During park hours

Geocaching is a worldwide game of hiding and seeking virtual ‘treasure’, and anyone with a GPS device can play! There are several self-guided geocaches at Petrified Forest National Park where a hidden container can be found and a log book signed. For more information on geocaching, visit Geocaching.com.

Daily
Junior Ranger Program
Pick up a booklet at any park Visitor Center
During park hours

Junior Rangers explore, learn about, and protect their national parks! Fun activities engage young visitors at Petrified Forest and are rewarded with a badge and patch by finishing this booklet.

Daily
Junior Paleontologist Program
Pick up a booklet at any park Visitor Center
During park hours

Explore the ways paleontologists work, learn about Earth's history, and protect our national parks, including fossils and the rocks in which they are found! Earn a special paleontology badge by finishing this booklet.

Daily
Painted Desert Inn Tour
Painted Desert Inn
Anytime between 9am—4pm

Painted Desert Inn is a beautiful building with rich history and stunning views to boot. Ask any staff member in the building to give you a brief, personal tour during your visit, and if they can they will!

 
Participants in Field Institute
Dig with a paleontologist

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Field Institute

Petrified Forest Field Institute is proud to offer guided tours and field classes exploring fun and compelling subjects lead by world class guides and experts.

See www.petrifiedforestinstitute.org for more. Or click here to go directly to their class schedule.

 
Cellist at Blue Mesa
Cellist at Blue Mesa

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Artist-in-Residence Program

In the Artist-in-Residence Program selected artists spend time living and working in the park, sharing their experiences with visitors.

 
Navajo Rug Weavers
Navajo rug weavers

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Cultural Demonstrators

The park hosts regional cultural demonstrators throughout the year, coordinated by the park's partner Petrified Forest Museum Association. Visit with the demonstrators at the Painted Desert Inn National Historic Landmark (2 miles from the north entrance of the park) between 10am and 4pm. Calendar is available here.

 

Last updated: January 9, 2018

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Mailing Address:

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

Phone:

(928) 524-6228

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