If you have one hour:
Driving the 28 miles (45 km) from one end of the park to the other takes about an hour.
We recommend you decide which end of the park interests you and spend time there, saving the rest for another visit. The highest concentrations of petrified wood are found in the southern end of the park, while the northern end showcases the human story and Painted Desert vistas.
- Visit Rainbow Forest Museum & Visitor Center to check out the paleontological exhibits and watch the park film.
- Walk Giant Logs and Crystal Forest Trails
- Drive the Blue Mesa Road Loop for views of colorful badlands
- Visit Painted Desert Visitor Center and watch the park film
- Select several overlooks to take in views of the Painted Desert
- Visit Painted Desert Inn
- Walk the Painted Desert Rim Trail between Tawa and Kachina Points
Check the Operating Hours & Seasons page for park and facility hours.