Guided Tours

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

Heather Sakurai

Guided Activities

The year 2021 gives a new beginning to possible activities. We had our popular backcountry hikes beginning in winter to early spring and the paleo demo lab has extended its days. We hope to have more in the spring and summer with an eye towards health and safety. Be sure to check our social media pages (scroll down on any page to the links on the lower right) for information and events. Also, watch for roving rangers and volunteers in areas like Puerco Pueblo and Crystal Forest for on-the-spot information including show and tell items to share!

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

Note: the lab will be closed on Saturday June 19 for
Juneteenth National Independence Day. The paleo folks will be back on Sunday June 20.
Wednesday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Paleontology Lab Demonstrations
Inquire at the Painted Desert Visitor Center
Join a fossil preparator as they work on fossil specimens discovered in the park.

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


Petrified Forest 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.
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: June 18, 2021

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

Petrified Forest National Park
PO Box 2217 1 Park Road #2217

Petrified Forest, AZ 86028-2217


(928) 524-6228

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