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.

 

February Events

Saturday, February 25, 10:00am to 2:00pm
Zuni Well Road Hike

Location: Meet at the Lacey Point overlook at 10am
Enjoy a hike off-the-beaten-path to experience historic and prehistoric petroglyphs as well as fascinating geologic formations. Round-trip hike is 6 ½ mi on uneven ground. Allow 3-4 hours total. Be prepared with water, snacks, hat, sunscreen, and sturdy hiking shoes. Inclement weather cancels this hike.

Sunday, February 26, 10:00am to 2:00pm
Historic Einstein Road Hike

Location: Meet at Rainbow Forest picnic area
This off-the-beaten-path hike will follow the historic Rainbow Forest Road where you will experience geologic clam beds, a prairie dog colony, and beautiful examples of petrified wood. Roundtrip hike is 4 ½ mi on uneven ground. Allow 2-3 hours total. Be prepared with water, snacks, hat, sunscreen, and sturdy hiking shoes. Inclement weather cancels this hike.
 

March Events

When: Saturday March 4, 10am
What: Puerco Pueblo Guided Walk
Where: Meet at Puerco Pueblo parking lot

Join a ranger to explore remains of an ancestral Puebloan village, a 0.3 mile (0.5 km) walk on a paved loop. Immediately following, an additional 0.5 mi (0.8 km) walk on a dirt road will occur for those interested in seeing additional park petroglyphs. Allow about 45 minutes, with an additional 60 minutes for the walk to see petroglyphs.

When: Tuesday March 7, 10am–2pm
What: Meet our Artist-in-Residence
Where: Painted Desert Inn National Historic Landmark

Petrified Forest National Park’s March 2017 Artist-in-Residence Jessie Nevins will showcase her sculptures and engage you about the program and her art.

When: Wednesday March 8, 10am
What: Historic Route 66 Hike
Where: Meet at the Route 66 pullout

Petrified Forest is the only National Park with a portion of Route 66 inside its boundaries! Enjoy a 2 mi (3.2 km) round trip hike along an old roadbed portion of the Mother Road to learn of its important history. Allow about 1-1/2 hours roundtrip.

When: Saturday March 11, 10am
What: Puerco Pueblo Guided Walk
Where: Meet at Puerco Pueblo parking lot

Join a ranger to explore remains of an ancestral Puebloan village, a 0.3 mile (0.5 km) walk on a paved loop. Immediately following, an additional 0.5 mi (0.8 km) walk on a dirt road will occur for those interested in seeing additional park petroglyphs. Allow about 45 minutes, with an additional 60 minutes for the walk to see petroglyphs.

When: Tuesday Mar 14, 10am–2pm
What: Meet our Artist-in-Residence
Where: Painted Desert Inn National Historic Landmark

Petrified Forest National Park’s March 2017 Artist-in-Residence Jessie Nevins will showcase her sculptures and engage you about the program and her art.

When: Tuesday Mar 14, 10am
What: Stagecoach Stop Hike
Where: Location shared once signed up

Hike to a historic stagecoach stop and enjoy petroglyphs associated with the site. Hike is about 2 mi (3.2 km) round trip on varied, uneven terrain. Allow about 3 hours. Be prepared with water, snacks, hat, sunscreen, and sturdy hiking shoes. Hike limited to 15 people and reservations are required; contact Bill Reitze at (William_Reitze@nps.gov, 928-524-6228 x268).

When: Thursday Mar 16, 10am
What: McCreery Pueblo Hike
Where: Location shared once signed up

In celebration of Archeology Month, join an archeologist for a hike to a small pueblo with an impressive kiva occupied around 1100 AD. This special site is only open to the public via guided tour! Roundtrip hike is 1 ½ mi (2.4 km) on uneven ground. Allow 2 ½ hours total. Be prepared with water, snacks, hat, sunscreen, and sturdy hiking shoes. Hike limited to 15 people and reservations are required; contact Bill Reitze at (William_Reitze@nps.gov, 928-524-6228 x268).

When: Fri Mar 17, 5pm–7pm
What: Holbrook Art Series
Where: Navajo County Fairgrounds, Open Class building, Holbrook

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

When: Saturday Mar 18, 7pm
What: Night Sky Program
Where: Navajo County Complex (meet at the racquetball courts)

Enjoy a night sky presentation, telescope viewing, and free activities for the whole family! The Navajo County Complex is just south of Holbrook, accessed by turning east off of Hwy 77, then turning south on the first road located in the Complex.

When: Saturday Mar 18, 10am
What: Puerco Pueblo Guided Walk
Where: Meet at Puerco Pueblo parking lot

Join a ranger to explore remains of an ancestral Puebloan village, a 0.3 mile (0.5 km) walk on a paved loop. Immediately following, an additional 0.5 mi (0.8 km) walk on a dirt road will occur for those interested in seeing additional park petroglyphs. Allow about 45 minutes, with an additional 60 minutes for the walk to see petroglyphs.

When: Tuesday Mar 21, 10am–2pm
What: Meet our Artist-in-Residence
Where: Painted Desert Inn National Historic Landmark

Petrified Forest National Park’s March 2017 Artist-in-Residence Jessie Nevins will showcase her sculptures and engage you about the program and her art.

When: Wednesday Mar 22, 10am
What: Historic Route 66 Hike
Where: Meet at the Route 66 pullout

Petrified Forest is the only National Park with a portion of Route 66 inside its boundaries! Enjoy a 2 mi (3.2 km) round trip hike along an old roadbed portion of the Mother Road to learn of its important history. Allow about 1-1/2 hours roundtrip.

When: Saturday Mar 25, 10am
What: Puerco Pueblo Guided Walk
Where: Meet at Puerco Pueblo parking lot

Join a ranger to explore remains of an ancestral Puebloan village, a 0.3 mile (0.5 km) walk on a paved loop. Immediately following, an additional 0.5 mi (0.8 km) walk on a dirt road will occur for those interested in seeing additional park petroglyphs. Allow about 45 minutes, with an additional 60 minutes for the walk to see petroglyphs.
 
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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