Guided Tours

Ranger-guided hike
Ranger-guided hike into Painted Desert


Ranger Guided Activities

Special programs will be offered throughout this Centennial Year! Check the 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.

Be sure to check the Petrified Forest Field Institute calendar for the programs they offer, too!

August Events Calendar (jpg 1.9 MB)

Centennial Day Thursday August 25, 2016 (pdf 415 kb)

Don't forget that August 25-28 are Fee Free Days in celebration of the Centennial!


Summer Daily Programs

The Living Park Talk
Time: 9:30am and 1:30pm
Location: Painted Desert Visitor Center
There is life in the park and it is thriving! Enjoy an introduction about plants and animals that call Petrified Forest home! Hand-on items. Allow 30 minutes.

Triassic Talk
Time: 12pm and 2pm
Location: Crystal Forest sun shelter
Discover how Petrified Forest came to be by going back in time to the Late Triassic, over 200 million years ago!

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.

Navajo Rug Weavers
Navajo rug weavers


Cultural Demonstrators

The park hosts regional cultural demonstrators throughout the year, coordinated by the park's partner Petrified Forest Museum Association. Calendar is available here.

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

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


(928) 524-6228

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