Visitor Centers

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Staff helps visitors at the Painted Desert Visitor Center
Painted Desert Visitor Center


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:

Morning sun warms the walls of the historic inn
Morning sun warms the walls of the historic inn


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 and orientation
  • sweeping desert vistas
  • Access to Painted Desert Rim Trail and Petrified Forest National Wilderness Area
  • public restrooms
The Blue Mesa displays and Late Triassic mural
Rainbow Forest Museum's Blue Mesa Room takes you back in time.


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
  • 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
  • park movie at the gift shop.

Last updated: June 22, 2022

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

Petrified Forest National Park
P.O. Box 2217

Petrified Forest, AZ 86028-2217


928 524-6228

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