Visitor Centers

See Operating Hours & Seasons for current visitor center hours.

 
volunteer stands behind info desk
Painted Desert Visitor Center Info Desk

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Painted Desert Visitor Center

Found in the historic Painted Desert Community Complex
Open all year and located at exit #311 off of I-40
Services include:

  • visitor information, orientation, and backcountry permits
  • Timeless Impressions, a free 20 minute orientation film, shown continuously
  • bookstore
  • hands-on exhibits
  • restaurant (open 8am-3pm MST)
  • short loop walking trail with signage exploring park points of interest
  • gift shop
  • gas station
  • postal drop box
  • picnic pavilion
  • public restrooms
 
visitor points out murals to companions
Family in dining room of the Painted Desert Inn

NPS/Susan McElhinney, Artist-in-Residence

Painted Desert Inn National Historic Landmark

Located at Kachina Point, 2 miles (3.2 km) from the north entrance at exit #311 off of I-40. The inn once served as a respite for travelers along historic Route 66. Read more on the inn's history pages. Services include:

  • museum and gallery space
  • visitor information, orientation, and backcountry permits
  • sweeping desert vistas
  • Access to Painted Desert Rim Trail and Petrified Forest National Wilderness Area
  • public restrooms
 
dig pit in front of triassic animal mural
Kids can dig like paleontologists in Rainbow Forest Museum's Blue Mesa Room

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Rainbow Forest Museum

One of many historic buildings in Rainbow Forest Complex
Located near the southern entrance to the park, off US-180
Services include:

  • visitor information, orientation, and backcountry permits
  • Timeless Impressions, a free 20 minute orientation film, shown continuously
  • paleontological exhibits complete with skeleton displays of prehistoric animals
  • bookstore
  • Access to Giant Logs, Long Logs, and Agate House Trails
  • gift shop with limited snacks
  • picnic pavilion
  • public restrooms
 

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

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

Phone:

(928) 524-6228

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