Places To Go

Visitors Hiking Blue Mesa Trail
Hiking Bue Mesa Trail

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Upon arrival to the park, many visitors stop at one of the park visitor centers for trip planning guidance, to shop, or to watch the free orientation film.

Points of Interest

north to south

 
Painted Desert Community Complex plaza in 1962 black and white

1. Painted Desert Visitor Center
Stop for historic architecture, park film, information, bookstore, gift shop, food, and gas.

 
Sunrise Painted Desert Inn National Historic Landmark

2. Painted Desert Inn National Historic Landmark
This trading post turned inn turned museum offers exhibits on the park’s recent human history.

 
Red badland hills in the Painted Desert

3. Painted Desert Overlooks
Enjoy spectacular views of the Painted Desert from several overlooks in this area.

 
1932 Studebaker at the old Route 66 alignment

4. Route 66 Alignment
A 1932 Studebaker sits where famed Route 66 once cut through the park.

 
Ancient walls mark the location of the pueblo

5. Puerco Pueblo
View ancestral Puebloan homes and petroglyphs along a 0.3 mi (0.5 km) loop trail.

 
Petroglyphs cover the surface of Newspaper Rock

6. Newspaper Rock
Look down from an overlook to see over 650 petroglyphs, some as old as 2000 years.

 
Blue, purple, and gray bands on the badlands at Blue Mesa

7. Blue Mesa
Walk the 1 mi (1.6 km) trail and/or drive the 3.5 mi (5.6 km) loop road to explore colorful geology.

 
Large petrified log spanning a gully while supported underneath

8. Agate Bridge
See a 110 ft (34 m) petrified log spanning a gully.

 
Petrified wood spread around Jasper Forest at twilight

9. Jasper Forest
Enjoy a panoramic view of an area with a high concentration of petrified wood.

 
Man walking his dog by petrified logs at Crystal Forest

10. Crystal Forest
Many petrified logs glimmer with quartz crystals along a paved 0.75 mi (1.2 km) loop trail.

 
Visitors looking at fossil bone displays in Rainbow Forest Museum

11. Rainbow Forest Museum and Giant Logs Trail
Study paleontological exhibits in the museum and walk a 0.4 mi (0.6 km) loop trail.

 
Petrified wood chunks make up the walls of the ancient Agate House

12. Long Logs & Agate House
A 2.6 mi (4.2 km) trail showcases petrified logs and a pueblo reconstructed of petrified wood.

Last updated: July 22, 2018

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1 Park Road, #2217
Petrified Forest, AZ 86028

Phone:

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