Things To Do

Many people don't realize how much there is to do at Petrified Forest National Park! There is something to interest everyone here. Be sure to check our Calendar to see if something special is happening the day you will be here.

cyclist waving
Drive or bike the main road


Hit the Road
A good starting point is a drive (or pedal) through the park, stopping at some of the overlooks.

visitors walk trail arm in arm
Enjoy the Blue Mesa Trail


Hit the Trail(s)
There are maintained trails in the park that highlight topics like archeology, natural environments, and the famous petrified logs.

Hiker scans Painted Desert vista
Hike into the Petrified Forest Wilderness Area

NPS/Clint Metzler

The adventurous hiker will love wandering off trail in the Petrified Forest National Wilderness Area. For those that want guidance we have suggested backcountry routes as well.

Two backpackers walk in Painted Desert
Hike to your backcountry camp spot

NPS/VIP Tara Harbert

Hiking and camping in the Wilderness of Petrified Forest is a great opportunity for solitude and adventure. There are no designated camping sites, allowing you to select your place in the wild to enjoy colorful sunsets, the incredible night sky, and inspiring sunrises.

mounted ranger looks over desert
Play cowboy


Horseback Riding
Enjoy a ride in the park.

visitors in rusty classic car
Seek the treasure

NPS/VIP Susan McElhinney

This worldwide game of hiding and seeking treasure can be played in national parks.

Visitors stand before ranger giving talk
Learn from the people that live and work here


Guided Tours
Rangers are not the only subject matter experts at Petrified Forest. Learn from park staff, artists, cultural demonstrators, and field experts too!

reading small exhibit panels
Get in-depth information from museum exhibitry


Visitor Centers and Exhibits
Stop at Painted Desert Visitor Center, Painted Desert Inn National Historic Landmark, or the Rainbow Forest Museum to talk to plan your visit or to view the exhibits. Painted Desert Inn centers on modern human history while paleontological exhibits in Rainbow Forest Museum transport you to the Triassic Period.


Last updated: March 2, 2016

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

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


(928) 524-6228

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