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.

 
Colorful classic cars parked at Crystal Forest
Classic Cars at Crystal

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

 
Hikers on the Blue Mesa Trail among colorfully banded badlands
Hikers on the Blue Mesa Trail

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

 
Backcountry hikers amidst color badlands.
Backcountry Hike in Red Basin

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Hiking
The adventurous hiker will love wandering off trail in the Petrified Forest. For those that want guidance we have Off the Beaten Path routes as well.

 
Tents glow under the night sky in the wilderness area
Tents glow under the night sky in the wilderness area

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Backpacking
Hiking and camping in the Petrified Forest National Wilderness Area is a great opportunity for solitude and adventure. Enjoy colorful sunsets, the incredible night sky, and inspiring sunrises.

 
Bicycling through the Tepees
Bicycling through the Tepees

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Bicycling
The park road is great for exploring, but there are a few other routes you can take by bike.

 
Horses on the Wilderness Access Trail
Horses on the Wilderness Access Trail

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Horseback Riding
Play cowboy! Enjoy a ride in the park--BYOH (bring your own horse!)

 
Visitors look at a geocache
Visitors check out one of the park's geocaches

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Geocaching

This worldwide game—or other similar pastimes—of hiding and seeking treasure can be played in some national parks, including Petrified Forest!
 
Visitors take a guided hike into Jasper Forest, a child sits on petrified wood and points.
Visitors take a guided hike into Jasper Forest

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Guided Tours
Join a ranger—or scientist, volunteer, cultural demonstrator, reenactor, or other field expert—for a guided activity.

 
Dog and Daddy on Crystal Forest Trail
Dog and Daddy on Crystal Forest Trail

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Dogs and Other Critters
Enjoy the park with your furry (feathered, scaled or…) friend or family member!

 
Lisa and Qua help visitors at the Painted Desert Visitor Center
Lisa and Qua help visitors at the Painted Desert Visitor Center

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Visitor Centers and Exhibits
Stop at Painted Desert Visitor Center, Painted Desert Inn National Historic Landmark, and the Rainbow Forest Museum to plan your visit, ask questions, get your Junior Ranger booklet, and discover exhibits.

Last updated: April 1, 2018

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

1 Park Road, #2217
Petrified Forest, AZ 86028

Phone:

(928) 524-6228

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