Guided Tours

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

Heather Sakuri

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.


May Events

Saturday May 6 & Sun May 7
Wildflower Walk
Meet at Jasper Forest parking lot
10am each day

Celebrate National Wildflower Week by joining 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.

Friday May 12
Holbrook Art Series
Historic Train Station, Holbrook

Our May 2017 Artist-in-Residences Debra Jones and James Leach (both landscape painters) will cohost the monthly art series in our gateway town of Holbrook. Enjoy art, culture, and good company!

Saturday May 13
International Migratory Bird Day
Across the road from Puerco Pueblo parking lot

Calling all birdwatchers! Join a ranger for birdwatching instruction (if needed), dialogue, and counting. There will be binoculars, guides, and a spotting scope to share. Or, bring your own chair and binoculars to relax and enjoy. Allow 60 minutes.

Sunday May 14
In the Land of Color: An Exploration of Petrified Forest’s Black Forest and Onyx Bridge
Contact Petrified Forest Field Institute

This program is offered by Petrified Forest Field Institute and an additional fee is required; see for additional information. Join instructor Christa Sadler to enjoy a guided adventure exploring the park’s geology, paleontology, history, flora and fauna. Hike to Onyx Bridge in the Black Forest, an unusual deposit of petrified wood that preserves species of wood not found elsewhere in the park. Allow 6 hours.

Sunday May 28
Abstract Design: Color and Monochrome Photography
Contact Petrified Forest Field Institute
7:30 am

This program is offered by Petrified Forest Field Institute and an additional fee is required; see for additional information. Join instructor David Behar to discover natural design in monochromatic and/or color images. Among fascinating backdrops of the Tepees, Blue Mesa and Crystal Forest, this workshop will help you see things very differently. This workshop is best enjoyed by intermediate and advanced level users. Allow 4 hours.
Junior rangers speak with a ranger
Junior Rangers speak with Ranger Lauren


Daily Fun

Find Your Park

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.

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

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.

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.

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!

Daily (as scheduling allows)
Cultural Demonstrations
Painted Desert Inn
Anytime between 10am—4pm

A cultural demonstrator with ancestral ties to the area shares engaging skills and traditions. Stop by and enjoy!

Participants in Field Institute
Dig with a paleontologist


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 for more. Or click here to go directly to their class schedule.

Cellist at Blue Mesa
Cellist at Blue Mesa


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


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


(928) 524-6228

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