Guided Tours

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

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Ranger 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.

 

April Events

When: Wednesday April 12, anytime between 12pm–2pm
What: Meet our Artist-in-Residence
Where: Painted Desert Inn National Historic Landmark
Petrified Forest National Park’s April 2017 Artist-in-Residence Paul Nguyen will showcase his photography and engage you with his program and art during this meet and greet event.

When: Saturday April 15 & Sunday April 16, all day each day
What: Fee Free Days

Where: Throughout the park
Celebrate National Park Week with free entry into Petrified Forest National Park (and all other national parks too) this entire weekend!

When: Saturday April 15 & Sunday April 16, 10am & 3pm
What: Wildflower Walk

Where: Meet at Jasper Forest parking lot
Join a ranger for a short, easy walk to explore and discover wildflowers in bloom. Learn about these fleeting beauties in your beautiful National Park! Wear comfortable shoes and bring water, a hat, and sunscreen. Allow 45 minutes.

When: Wednesday April 19, 10am
What: Naturalization Ceremony

Where: Painted Desert Inn National Historic Landmark
Help welcome a dozen new US citizens as they are sworn in with the Painted Desert as the backdrop! The formal ceremony, working in collaboration with the United States Citizen and Immigration Services, is open to the public. Allow 75 minutes.

When: Wednesday April 19, anytime between 12pm–2pm
What: Meet our Artist-in-Residence
Where: Painted Desert Inn National Historic Landmark

Petrified Forest National Park’s April 2017 Artist-in-Residence Paul Nguyen will showcase his photography and engage you with his program and art during this meet and greet event.

When: Wednesday April 19, 1pm
What: Rededication of Painted Desert Community Complex
Where: Plaza at Painted Desert Visitor Center

The park’s Painted Desert Community Complex, designed by famous architect Richard Neutra, recently attained National Historic Landmark (NHL) status. Help celebrate by attending a rededication ceremony of the newly-refurbished storefront, a variety of speakers, and an unveiling of the NHL plaque. Allow 60 minutes.

When: Friday April 21, 5pm – 7pm
What: Holbrook Art Series
Where: Historic Train Station, Holbrook, AZ

Our Artist-in-Residence Paul Nguyen will cohost the monthly art series in our gateway town of Holbrook. Enjoy art, culture, and good company!

Sat Apr 22 & Sun Apr 23, 10am & 3pm
What: Wildflower Walk
Where: Meet at Jasper Forest parking lot

Join a ranger for a short, easy walk to explore and discover wildflowers in bloom. Learn about these fleeting beauties in your beautiful National Park! Wear comfortable shoes and bring water, a hat, and sunscreen. Allow 45 minutes.

Saturday April 22 & Sunday April 23, all day each day
What: Fee Free Days
Where: Throughout the park

Celebrate National Park Week with free entry into Petrified Forest National Park (and all other national parks too) this entire weekend!
 
Junior rangers speak with a ranger
Junior Rangers speak with Ranger Lauren

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Daily Fun

Cultural Demonstrations
Daily 10am-4pm
Painted Desert Inn National Historic Landmark

Find Your Park
Anytime at www.findyourpark.com/share
Celebrate the National Park Service's Centennial by sharing your story!

Geocaching and Earthcaching
Selected locations during park hours
Worldwide game of hiding and seeking virtual 'treasure', and anyone with a GPS device can play!

Junior Ranger Programs
Anytime during park hours. (Pick-up a booklet at any park Visitor Center) Junior Rangers explore, learn about, and protect their National Parks!

Junior Paleontologist Program
Anytime during park hours.(Pick-up a booklet at any park Visitor Center)
Explore the ways Paleontologist work, learn about Earth's history, and protect our national parks!

Painted Desert Inn Tour
Anytime between 9am-4pm
Painted Desert Inn National Historic Landmark

 
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.

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

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

Phone:

(928) 524-6228

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