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.

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.

 

July Programs and Event

Saturday July 7 & Sunday July 8
Cultural Demonstrator: Ed Kabotie
Painted Desert Inn
10am–3pm
An accomplished artist, musician, story-teller and ambassador of his native culture, Ed Kabotie will share stories of his family's unique connection to our park, perform music, and display his artwork as he greets visitors to the Painted Desert Inn.

Monday July 9
Cultural Demonstrators: the Harvey Girls
Painted Desert Inn
10am–3pm
The iconic Harvey Girls will be present to answer questions and share their stories of a bygone era while displaying some of the historic service-ware of their trade. Currently based in nearby Winslow, the Harvey Girls were an integral part of the history of the American west and particularly at the historic Painted Desert Inn.

Tuesday July 24
Hands-on Biology: Reptiles and Amphibians—Nighttime
7pm–midnight
This program is offered by Petrified Forest Field Institute and an additional fee is required; see http://www.petrifiedforestfieldinstitute.org/ for additional information. Only after the park closes and the roads are clear can you see many of the reptiles, amphibians, mammals, and birds that move, hunt, and breed after dark. Join Petrified Forest National Park Biologist Andy Bridges for a after-hours, hands-on experience with reptiles and amphibians, driving slowly down the main park road starting at sunset to take data on each animal seen.

Wednesday July 25
Hands-on Biology: Reptiles and Amphibians—Daytime
7am–2pm
This program is offered by Petrified Forest Field Institute and an additional fee is required; see http://www.petrifiedforestfieldinstitute.org/ for additional information.
The high quality grassland, riparian, and badlands habitats in the Petrified Forest National Park support a large variety of plants and animals. Join Petrified Forest National Park Biologist Andy Bridges for a hands-on experience with reptiles and amphibians, visiting several live trapping sites in the park which host many species of lizards, snakes, and amphibians. You will collect data for the park’s long-term monitoring program by removing animals from the traps and marking, measuring, and releasing them.

Saturday July 28
Young Paleontologist’s Fossil Exploration
9am–1pm
This program is offered by Petrified Forest Field Institute and an additional fee is required; see http://www.petrifiedforestfieldinstitute.org/ for additional information. Designed as an option for science-minded youth who want to learn about Triassic fossils and the work of paleontologists. Based on the simulated fossil dig in the park’s education programming, this adventure begins with a tour of Rainbow Forest Museum where fossil exhibits are displayed. Participants will then be given the opportunity to dig for and identify real and replica fossils in a prepared education area. After a break the group will take a 1 ½ mile hike to see how paleontologists look for and discover fossils in the field.

Saturday July 28
Petroglyph Galleries and Ancient Occupation
8am–4pm
This program is offered by Petrified Forest Field Institute and an additional fee is required; see http://www.petrifiedforestfieldinstitute.org/ for additional information. Petrified Forest National Park is home to many ancient people dating back over 13,000 years, with the most enduring signs of prehistoric occupation being drawings and symbols left behind on the rock faces. Join park archaeologists in a guided tour of these fantastic petroglyph galleries for an immersive day of appreciation and interpretation of these ancient messages.

 
Junior rangers speak with a ranger
Junior Rangers speak with Ranger Lauren

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Daily Fun

Daily
Find Your Park
findyourpark.com/share
Anytime

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.

Daily
Geocaching
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 Geocaching.com.

Daily
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.

Daily
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.

Daily
Painted Desert Inn Tour
Painted Desert Inn
Anytime between 9am—4pm

Painted Desert Inn is a beautiful building with rich history and stunning views to boot. Ask any staff member in the building to give you a brief, personal tour during your visit, and if they can they will!

 
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.

 

Last updated: June 30, 2018

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Mailing Address:

1 Park Road, #2217
Petrified Forest, AZ 86028

Phone:

(928) 524-6228

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