Guided Tours

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

Heather Sakurai

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.

 

Upcoming Programs and Event


Saturday March 16
1:30pm
Guided Backcountry 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. AEG about 400 feet. Rated moderate. 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 and advance sign-up required. Call 515-724-4493 for further information and registration.

Sunday March 17
9:30 am
Guided Backcountry Hike: Red Basin/Clam Beds
Meet at pullout along Blue Mesa Loop Road. Once you turn off the main park road for Blue Mesa, drive 1.7 miles to the pullout
Take a long hike to and through colorful geologic features, including some in recently acquired lands. Approximately 8 to 8 ½ miles round trip in off-trail conditions. AEG about 600 feet. Rated strenuous due to length. No pets please on this hike. 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 and advance sign-up required. Call 515-724-4493 for further information and registration.

Thursday March 21
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.


Saturday March 23
9:30am
Guided Backcountry 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 main park road
The Blue Forest Trail was constructed in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), with the trail re-established in 2013 for adventurous hikers like yourselves! Hike is about 3 miles round trip, is steep, and trekking poles are encouraged. AEG about 350 feet. Rated moderate. No pets please on this hike. Be prepared with adequate food, water, clothing, footwear, hat, and sunscreen. Limited to 15 participants and advance sign-up required. Call 515-724-4493 for further information and registration.

Saturday March 23
1:30pm
Guided Backcountry 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. AEG about 150 feet. Rated easy. 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 and advance sign-up required. Call 515-724-4493 for further information and registration.

Sunday March 24
10am
Guided Backcountry Hike: Agate Mesa Ramble
Meet at Agate Bridge Parking Lot
Multi-hour tour around a prominent landmark in the center of the park which features colorful geological formations and a wide variety of petrified wood. About 6 miles round trip in off-trail conditions. AEG approximately 500 feet. Difficulty rating is moderate. No pets please on this hike. Be prepared with adequate food, water, clothing, footwear, hat, and sunscreen. Limited to 15 participants and advance sign-up required. Call 515-724-4493 for further information and registration.

Sunday March 24
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 March 28
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.


Saturday March 30
Relics of Route 66 Guided Tour
9am – 3pm
This program is offered by Petrified Forest Field Institute and an additional fee is required; see http://www.petrifiedforestfieldinstitute.org/ for additional information.
Established in 1926, U.S. Route 66 was a symbol of opportunity, exploration and adventure. From Chicago to Los Angeles, Route 66 was the primary route of westward migration for decades. Route 66 stretched nearly 2,500 miles and, at the time, only went through one national park – Petrified Forest!
Transportation for the tour will be provided, with travel within and in the immediate vicinity of Petrified Forest to include visiting portions of Route 66 not easily accessible to the general public.

Saturday March 30
9:30am
Guided Backcountry Hike: Flattops Circumnavigation
Meet at unpaved pullout on south side of road between mileposts 23 and 24
This hike traverses a variety of terrains, past archaeological sites and colorful geologic formations. Approximately 4 miles round trip in off-trail conditions. AEG about 325 feet. Rated strenuous due to two steep gravelly descents. 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 and advance sign-up required. Call 515-724-4493 for further information and registration.

Saturday March 30
1:30pm
Guided Backcountry Hike: Historic Rainbow Forest Road
Meet at Rainbow Forest picnic area
Easy walk through Rainbow Canyon, once a major visitation feature in the 1800s. Included will be passage along the historic, petrified wood paved road that early visitors traveled. Nearly 4.75 miles round trip in off-trail conditions. AEG about 225 feet. Rated easy. 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 and advance sign-up required. Call 515-724-4493 for further information and registration.

Sunday March 31
10 am
Guided Backcountry Hike: Petroglyph Mesa
Meet at Route 66 pullout between mileposts 5 and 6 in the northern part of the park.
Hike to a remote, major rock art site in the park’s northern wilderness. About 7 1/4 miles round trip in off-trail conditions. AEG approximately 550 feet. Rated moderate. No pets please on this hike. 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 and advance signup required; call 515-724-4493 for further information and registration.

Sunday March 31
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.

 
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.

 
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: March 15, 2019

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

1 Park Road, #2217
Petrified Forest, AZ 86028

Phone:

(928) 524-6228

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