Operating Hours & Seasons

The park is open year round except Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Petrified Forest National Park may be open at different hours during the year, extending when staffing allows. Remember that times are Mountain Standard year round. Most of Arizona does not observe Daylight Saving.

Park Road Hours

Park hours are 8am to 6pm.

Hours may be extended for special events, activities, or during the busy season.

Visitor Centers and Museum Hours
Painted Desert Visitor Center and Rainbow Forest Museum & Visitor Center
8am to 5pm

Painted Desert Inn National Historic Landmark Hours
9am to 4pm
Note: Arizona does not observe Daylight Saving Time, remaining on Mountain Standard Time year-round. For example, in the summer months, during Daylight Saving Time, the time in Arizona and California is the same, with New Mexico and the Navajo Reservation one hour ahead.
Late afternoon light on Crystal Ridge with rainbow
Late afternoon light on Crystal Ridge with rainbow

NPS/Hallie Larsen

Last updated: May 15, 2024

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

Petrified Forest National Park
P.O. Box 2217

Petrified Forest, AZ 86028-2217


928 524-6228

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