Operating Hours & Seasons

The park is open year round except Christmas, December 25.
Petrified Forest National Park is open at different hours during the year. Hour Changes (times are Mountain Standard year round-this area does not observe Daylight Saving):

Park Road Hours
January 1 to March 4 8am to 5pm
March 5 to May 13 7am to 7pm
May 14 to August 5 7am to 7:30pm
August 6 to September 2 7am to 7pm
September 3 to October 28 7am to 6pm
October 29 to December 31 8am to 5pm

Visitor Centers Hours
Painted Desert Visitor Center and Rainbow Forest Museum & Visitor Center
8am-5pm year round, with extended hours spring through fall

Painted Desert Inn National Historic Landmark Hours
Daily 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.

Puerco and Mesa Fall Cottonwoods
Puerco and Mesa Fall Cottonwoods

NPS/Hallie Larsen

Last updated: December 7, 2017

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

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


(928) 524-6228

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