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 (scroll down on any page to the links on the lower right).

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.

Program Schedule August 2019
All are welcome and all programs are included with normal park admission unless otherwise indicated. Need further information? Contact (928) 524-6228 x245

Recurring Events
Daily at 11:30am
Fossil Talks
Meet at Rainbow Forest Museum
Discover the Late Triassic through the geology and fossils of Petrified Forest.

Daily between 9am and 4pm upon request
Painted Desert Inn Tours
Meet at the Painted Desert Inn
Explore the historic inn and discover the stories from homesteading to Route 66.

Sundays & Wednesdays between 9am and 3pm
Paleontology Lab Demos
Meet at the Painted Desert Visitor Center

Wednesdays through Mondays 10am to 3pm
Cultural Demonstrators
At the Painted Desert Inn
Promoting awareness and appreciation for diverse cultures connected to Petrified Forest, artists and crafters will share their heritage and skills throughout the day. Stop by to enjoy a cultural connection!

Special Events

Saturday, August 3, 8pm to 10pm CANCELLED
Planets Over the Painted Desert Inn
Meet at the Painted Desert Inn
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.

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.

Last updated: August 4, 2019

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

1 Park Road, #2217
Petrified Forest, AZ 86028


(928) 524-6228

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