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.

 

May Programs and Event

Sunday May 6
In the Land of Color: Exploring the Devil’s Playground
8am – 5pm
This program is offered by Petrified Forest Field Institute and an additional fee is required; see http://www.petrifiedforestfieldinstitute.org/ for additional information. Join a day-long adventure in the unique and little-visited Devil’s Playground area of the park to explore its geology, paleontology, history, flora and fauna. Devil’s Playground is only accessible to a few people every year, and is an absolutely extraordinary landscape of bizarre eroded rock, hoodoos and badlands. This rugged 7 to 8-mile round trip hike heads through colorful rock layers and petrified wood that make this an exceptional area to explore the nature of Petrified Forest National Park.

Thursday May 10
The Bird’s the Word! Ranger Talk
6pm-7pm
Holbrook Public Library
In anticipation of World Migratory Bird Day, join a ranger for a discussion and activity to celebrate our birds of Arizona! Learn about birds, how to watch them, and why they are an important part of our world.

Saturday May 12
Fossil Dig: Discovery and Excavation
8am – 4:30pm
This program is offered by Petrified Forest Field Institute and an additional fee is required; see http://www.petrifiedforestfieldinstitute.org/ for additional information. Prepare to get dirty digging in the Triassic Chinle Formation for fossil bones of giant amphibians, reptiles, and even early dinosaurs. Join the park paleontologist for a fossil dig in Petrified Forest National Park that provides an introduction to paleontology field work. The day includes a behind the scenes tour of the park fossil collections and travel ‘off the beaten’ path to the dig site. Training and tools provided for participating in a real paleontological dig with collected specimens becoming part of the park’s museum collection.

Saturday May 19
Young Paleontologist’s Fossil Exploration
9am – 1pm
This program is offered by Petrified Forest Field Institute and an additional fee is required; see http://www.petrifiedforestfieldinstitute.org/ for additional information. Designed as an option for science-minded youth who want to learn about Triassic fossils and the work of paleontologists. Based on the simulated fossil dig in the park’s education programming, this adventure begins with a tour of Rainbow Forest Museum where fossil exhibits are displayed. Participants will then be given the opportunity to dig for and identify real and replica fossils in a prepared education area. After a break the group will take a 1 ½ mile hike to see how paleontologists look for and discover fossils in the field.

Saturday May 26
Fossil Dig: Discovery and Excavation
8am – 4:30pm
This program is offered by Petrified Forest Field Institute and an additional fee is required; see http://www.petrifiedforestfieldinstitute.org/ for additional information. Prepare to get dirty digging in the Triassic Chinle Formation for fossil bones of giant amphibians, reptiles, and even early dinosaurs. Join the park paleontologist for a fossil dig in Petrified Forest National Park that provides an introduction to paleontology field work. The day includes a behind the scenes tour of the park fossil collections and travel ‘off the beaten’ path to the dig site. Training and tools provided for participating in a real paleontological dig with collected specimens becoming part of the park’s museum collection.

Sunday May 6
In the Land of Color: Exploring the Devil’s Playground
8am – 5pm
This program is offered by Petrified Forest Field Institute and an additional fee is required; see http://www.petrifiedforestfieldinstitute.org/ for additional information. Join a day-long adventure in the unique and little-visited Devil’s Playground area of the park to explore its geology, paleontology, history, flora and fauna. Devil’s Playground is only accessible to a few people every year, and is an absolutely extraordinary landscape of bizarre eroded rock, hoodoos and badlands. This rugged 7 to 8-mile round trip hike heads through colorful rock layers and petrified wood that make this an exceptional area to explore the nature of Petrified Forest National Park.

Thursday May 10
The Bird’s the Word! Ranger Talk
6pm-7pm
Holbrook Public Library
In anticipation of World Migratory Bird Day, join a ranger for a discussion and activity to celebrate our birds of Arizona! Learn about birds, how to watch them, and why they are an important part of our world.

Saturday May 12
Fossil Dig: Discovery and Excavation
8am – 4:30pm
This program is offered by Petrified Forest Field Institute and an additional fee is required; see http://www.petrifiedforestfieldinstitute.org/ for additional information. Prepare to get dirty digging in the Triassic Chinle Formation for fossil bones of giant amphibians, reptiles, and even early dinosaurs. Join the park paleontologist for a fossil dig in Petrified Forest National Park that provides an introduction to paleontology field work. The day includes a behind the scenes tour of the park fossil collections and travel ‘off the beaten’ path to the dig site. Training and tools provided for participating in a real paleontological dig with collected specimens becoming part of the park’s museum collection.

Saturday May 19
Young Paleontologist’s Fossil Exploration
9am – 1pm
This program is offered by Petrified Forest Field Institute and an additional fee is required; see http://www.petrifiedforestfieldinstitute.org/ for additional information. Designed as an option for science-minded youth who want to learn about Triassic fossils and the work of paleontologists. Based on the simulated fossil dig in the park’s education programming, this adventure begins with a tour of Rainbow Forest Museum where fossil exhibits are displayed. Participants will then be given the opportunity to dig for and identify real and replica fossils in a prepared education area. After a break the group will take a 1 ½ mile hike to see how paleontologists look for and discover fossils in the field.

Saturday May 26
Fossil Dig: Discovery and Excavation
8am – 4:30pm
This program is offered by Petrified Forest Field Institute and an additional fee is required; see http://www.petrifiedforestfieldinstitute.org/ for additional information. Prepare to get dirty digging in the Triassic Chinle Formation for fossil bones of giant amphibians, reptiles, and even early dinosaurs. Join the park paleontologist for a fossil dig in Petrified Forest National Park that provides an introduction to paleontology field work. The day includes a behind the scenes tour of the park fossil collections and travel ‘off the beaten’ path to the dig site. Training and tools provided for participating in a real paleontological dig with collected specimens becoming part of the park’s museum collection.

 
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: May 2, 2018

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Mailing Address:

1 Park Road, #2217
Petrified Forest, AZ 86028

Phone:

(928) 524-6228

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