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.

 

February Events

Saturday, February 4, 10:00am to 2:00pm
Flattops Circumnavigation Hike

Location: Meet at 10am at pullout on south side of road between mileposts 23 & 24
Enjoy a hike Off the Beaten Path to enjoy rarely seen petroglyphs, ancient pottery, and even an abandoned dynamite shack from the 1930s! Roundtrip hike is 4-5 mi on uneven ground. Allow 2 1/2 hours total. Be prepared with water, snacks, hat, sunscreen, and sturdy hiking shoes. Inclement weather cancels this hike.

Sunday, February 5, 2017, 10:00am to 2:00pm
Petroglyph Mesa Hike

Location: Meet at 10am at Historic Route 66 pullout near milepost 6
This off-the-beaten-path hike will showcase the rich human record of petroglyphs in the park. Round-trip hike is 7 ½ mi on uneven ground. Allow 4 hours total. Be prepared with water, snacks, hat, sunscreen, and sturdy hiking shoes. Inclement weather cancels this hike.

Hashknife Pony Express
Tuesday, February 7

Location: Holbrook, AZ
Parade 11am
Swearing in ceremony 12pm
Dinner 7pm

Saturday, February 11, 10:00am to 1:00pm
Jasper Forest Guided Hike

Enjoy a hike off-the-beaten-path to experience human history, colorful petrified wood, petrified log bridges, and amazing petroglyphs. Round-trip hike is 4 ½ mi on uneven ground. Allow 2 ½ hours total. Be prepared with water, snacks, hat, sunscreen, and sturdy hiking shoes. Inclement weather cancels this hike.

Sunday, February 12, 9:30am to 3:30pm
Guided Hike to the Red Basin and Clam Beds

Location: Y in the Blue Mesa Road
This rugged off-the-beaten-path hike will showcase rich geologic record of the Chinle Formation, panoramic views of Billings Gap, and fascinating petroglyphs. Round-trip hike is 8 ½ mi on uneven ground. Allow 5-6 hours total. Be prepared with water, snacks, hat, sunscreen, and sturdy hiking shoes. Inclement weather cancels this hike.

Friday-Sunday, February 17-19
Great Backyard Bird Count

Calling all birdwatchers! Join a ranger for a birdwatching discussion, instruction, and count. There will be binoculars, guides, and a spotting scope to share; if possible bring your own chair and binoculars.
February 17 Painted Desert Visitor Center: 9am–10am & 3pm–4pm
February 18 Across road from Puerco Pueblo: 9am–10am & 3pm–4pm
February 19 Rainbow Forest Museum: 9am–10am & 3pm–4pm

Saturday, February 18, 10:00am to 3:00pm
Wilderness Loop Hike

Location: Meet at 10 am at the Painted Desert Inn parking lot.
Enjoy a hike off-the-beaten-path to experience petroglyphs, the Black Forest portion of the park, and even a historic abandoned road grader now in the park’s Wilderness! Roundtrip hike is 7 ½ mi on uneven ground. Allow 4 hours total. Be prepared with water, snacks, hat, sunscreen, and sturdy hiking shoes. Inclement weather cancels this hike.

Sunday, February 19, 10:00am to 2:00pm
Historic Blue Forest Hike

Location: Meet at 10am pullout on east side of highway at the Tepees, milepost 14.
Enjoy a hike off-the-beaten-path to experience fossils, unique geologic formations, and vibrant colors. Round-trip hike is 4 mi on uneven ground. Allow 2 hours total. Trail is especially narrow, steep, and has loose gravel (no dogs allowed on this hike). Be prepared with water, snacks, hat, sunscreen, and sturdy hiking shoes. Inclement weather cancels this hike.

Monday, February 20
Fee Free Day

Celebrate Presidents Day and America with fee-free entry to Petrified Forest National Park (and all other National Parks in the country)!

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.
 
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.

December:
Dec 20-23 Lucille Smith
Dec 24 Jane Benally
Park closed on Dec 25
Dec 26-29 Jane Benally
Dec 30-31 Alice Hawthorne




January:
Jan1- Alice Hawthorne, weaver/beader
Jan 2-5 LeeAnn Goatsobn, beader
Jan 6-12 Justin Morris, silversmith
Jan 13-15 Jane Benally, beader
Jan 16-18 Alice Hawthorne
Jan 19-21 Lucille Smith, weaver
Jan 22-26 Jane Benally
Jan 27-29 Alice Hawthorne
Jan 30-31 Lucille Smith

February:
Feb 1-2 Lucille Smith
Feb 3-6 LeeAnn Goatson
Feb 7-10 Justin Morris
Feb 11-14 Jane Benally
Feb 15-18 Alice Hawthorne
Feb 19-21 LeeAnn Goatson
Feb 22-25 Lucille Smith
Feb 26-28

March:
Mar 1 Jane Benally
Mar 2-4 Alice Hawthorne

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

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

Phone:

(928) 524-6228

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