Tourism in Arizona's Petrified Forest National Park has never been so popular. Ancient petrified trees, unique rock formations and ancient history combine to make it a must see stop for locals and visitors alike. In fact, it is home to a species of tree that is now extinct, as well as ancient native cave drawings and volcanic remains.
- This isn’t your average forest with trees and pine cones … instead it has fossils and mountains.
- You can explore the forest either by foot or by horse.
- Need more information about the forest? Check out the visitor’s center for information and guided tours.
What can I see and do at Petrified Forest?
The Petrified Forest is full of fun activities and sites for you to discover and enjoy.
- Visitor’s Center: The visitor’s center is a great resource for visitors to learn about the forest as well as find activities available during your trip to the Petrified Forest.
- Painted Desert Inn Tour (daily at 12 pm): Take a tour of this historic landmark.
- The Triassic Program (daily at 10 am, 1 pm, and 3 pm): This tour takes visitors around Giant Log Trails with a forest ranger to explain the phenomenon of trees turning to stone.
- Puerco Pueblo Tour (daily at 9 am, 1 pm, and 3 pm): On this tour you’ll take a short walk around the property and get the opportunity to see an ancient, 100 room pueblo.
- Plaza Talk (Thursdays at 11a.m.): This tour will provide you with basic information about the artifacts and fossils at the Petrified Forest.
- Hiking: There are seven trails for you to choose to explore during your visit. The trails range in length from less than half a mile to three miles.
- Horseback riding: For a different view of the Petrified Forest, take to the trails on horseback. Start just two miles north of the visitor’s center at the Wilderness Access trail near Kachina Point.
- Camping: If you want to camp, you will need to acquire a free camping permit from the visitor’s center. You are also required to camp at least one mile from the designated parking areas in the forest.
Where is Petrified Forest?
From Flagstaff you take Interstate 40 East past Winslow and Hollbrock until you reach Petrified Forest, roughly 130 miles East of Flagstaff.
When is Petrified Forest open?
The park is open from 7 am to 7 pm.
How much does Petrified Forest cost?
- Vehicles: $10
- Hikers/Bikers: $5
Who can I call if I have more questions?
If you have more questions you can call (928) 524-6228.