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.

 
Petrified Forest National Park Program Schedule April 2019
All are welcome and all programs are included with normal park admission unless otherwise indicated. Need further information? Contact (928) 524-6228 x245

Paleontology lab demonstrations every Sunday and Wednesday 9am-3pm

Tuesday April 2
10am
Beginning Birders Walk
Meet in front of Painted Desert Visitor Center
Join a ranger for a stroll around the Painted Desert Visitor Center complex in search of resident and migratory birds of Petrified Forest! An easy, paved walk and birders of all levels are welcome. Wear sun and wind protection, bring water, and binoculars (though not required). Allow 30-45 minutes.

Thursday April 4
10:30am and 2:30pm
Wildflower Walk
Meet at Jasper Forest parking lot near overlook

Join a ranger for a treasure hunt - looking for early wildflowers of Petrified Forest National Park! This is an easy off-trail stroll and all are welcome. Wear good footwear, protection from the sun & weather, and bring water. Allow 45 minutes.


Thursday April 4 through Sunday April 7
10am-3pm
Cultural Demonstration
Painted Desert Inn
Promoting awareness and appreciation for diverse cultures connected to Petrified Forest, Mae Horseman and Tatianna Darmer will share their heritage and Navajo beading skills throughout the day. Stop by to enjoy a cultural connection!

Tuesday April 9
10am
Beginning Birders Walk
Meet in front of Painted Desert Visitor Center
Join a ranger for a stroll around the Painted Desert Visitor Center complex in search of resident and migratory birds of Petrified Forest! An easy, paved walk and birders of all levels are welcome. Wear sun and wind protection, bring water, and binoculars (though not required). Allow 30-45 minutes.

Wednesday April 10 through Saturday April 13
10am-3pm
Cultural Demonstration
Painted Desert Inn
Promoting awareness and appreciation for diverse cultures connected to Petrified Forest, Navajo beader and silversmith Alphonso John will share his heritage and skills throughout the day. Stop by to enjoy a cultural connection!

Thursday April 11

10:30am and 2:30pm
Wildflower Walk
Meet at Jasper Forest parking lot near overlook

Join a ranger for a treasure hunt - looking for early wildflowers of Petrified Forest National Park! This is an easy off-trail stroll and all are welcome. Wear good footwear, protection from the sun & weather, and bring water. Allow 45 minutes.


Tuesday April 16
10am
Beginning Birders Walk
Meet in front of Painted Desert Visitor Center
Join a ranger for a stroll around the Painted Desert Visitor Center complex in search of resident and migratory birds of Petrified Forest! An easy, paved walk and birders of all levels are welcome. Wear sun and wind protection, bring water, and binoculars (though not required). Allow 30-45 minutes.

Thursday April 18
10:30am and 2:30pm
Wildflower Walk
Meet at Jasper Forest parking lot near overlook

Join a ranger for a treasure hunt - looking for early wildflowers of Petrified Forest National Park! This is an easy off-trail stroll and all are welcome. Wear good footwear, protection from the sun & weather, and bring water. Allow 45 minutes.


Thursday April 18 through Sunday April 21
10am-3pm
Cultural Demonstration
Painted Desert Inn
Promoting awareness and appreciation for diverse cultures connected to Petrified Forest, Navajo rug weaver Lucille Smith will share her heritage and skills throughout the day. Stop by to enjoy a cultural connection!

Thursday April 25
10:30am and 2:30pm
Wildflower Walk
Meet at Jasper Forest parking lot near overlook

Join a ranger for a treasure hunt - looking for early wildflowers of Petrified Forest National Park! This is an easy off-trail stroll and all are welcome. Wear good footwear, protection from the sun & weather, and bring water. Allow 45 minutes.


Thursday April 25 through Sunday April 28
10am-3pm
Cultural Demonstration
Painted Desert Inn
Promoting awareness and appreciation for diverse cultures connected to Petrified Forest, Navajo rug weaver Alice Hawthorne will share her heritage and skills throughout the day. Stop by to enjoy a cultural connection!

Tuesday April 30
10am
Beginning Birders Walk
Meet in front of Painted Desert Visitor Center
Join a ranger for a stroll around the Painted Desert Visitor Center complex in search of resident and migratory birds of Petrified Forest! An easy, paved walk and birders of all levels are welcome. Wear sun and wind protection, bring water, and binoculars (though not required). Allow 30-45 minutes.
 
Petrified Forest National Park Program Schedule May 2019
All are welcome and all programs are included with normal park admission unless otherwise indicated. Need further information? Contact (928) 524-6228 x245

Paleontology lab demonstrations every Sunday and Wednesday 9am-3pm

Tuesdays
3pm
Beginning Birders Walk
Meet in front of Painted Desert Visitor Center
Join a ranger for a stroll around the Painted Desert Visitor Center complex in search of resident and migratory birds of Petrified Forest! An easy, paved walk and birders of all levels are welcome. Wear sun and wind protection, bring water, and binoculars (though not required). Allow 30-45 minutes.

Thursdays
10:30am
Wildflower Walk
Meet at Jasper Forest parking lot near overlook

Join a ranger for a treasure hunt - looking for early wildflowers of Petrified Forest National Park! This is an easy off-trail stroll and all are welcome. Wear good footwear, protection from the sun & weather, and bring water. Allow 45 minutes.


Every Thursday through Sunday
10am-3pm
Cultural Demonstration
Painted Desert Inn
Promoting awareness and appreciation for diverse cultures connected to Petrified Forest, artists and crafters will share their heritage and skills throughout the day. Stop by to enjoy a cultural connection!
 
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.

May 2019

 
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.

 
Paleontologist talking with visitors about fossils in the lab.
Paleontologist talking with visitors about fossils in the lab.

NPS/Hallie Larsen

Paleontology Lab Demos

Visit with the park's paleontolgists as they prepare fossils brought in from the field every Wednesdays, Thursdays*, and Sundays. Ask at the visitor center desk for more information.

*When staffing is available.

Last updated: April 20, 2019

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

1 Park Road, #2217
Petrified Forest, AZ 86028

Phone:

(928) 524-6228

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