Permits & Reservations

Backcountry Camping Permits
There is no RV, car, or front country camping in the park. There is no boondocking, dispersed or “primitive” camping, or just pulling off into a parking area.

There is only backpacking/hiking into the designated Petrified Forest National Wilderness Area to spend the night in the park, at least a mile from your vehicle. Please be prepared for this adventure!

The backpacking wilderness permit is free. You may obtain it in person from either visitor centers, Painted Desert Visitor Center or Rainbow Forest Museum, on the day that you want to backpack. Each vehicle must have a permit. The permits are available until 4:30 pm.

Special Use Permits
There are no special use permits being issued at this time.


Research Permits
For information on and obtaining research permits
click here.

Last updated: May 12, 2021

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Mailing Address:

Petrified Forest National Park
PO Box 2217 1 Park Road #2217

Petrified Forest , AZ 86028-2217


928 524-6228

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