Petrified Forest National Park

Petrified Forest National Park    

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Petrified Forest is best known for its Triassic fossils. It's like having two parks in one, an ecosystem over 200 million years old with plants and animals … See more

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Feb 15, 2024
From Chambers, AZ westbound to the Petrified Forest National Park is 33 miles, at Exit 311. We had thought we might stop, but it was a very warm June day and this is desert driving and trail walking … Full review by Violette54
Jan 14, 2024
We went on New Years Day with our dog. Weather was chilly but great for the dog and allowed us to see a few things in our visit. New Years Day was a great time for access--there were few people the… Full review by alyosha666
Jan 12, 2024
Wonderful way to spend a day! There were spectacular views, hikes and overlooks. Would definitely recommend. Full review by amyrrowl
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One in our party has mobility issues. It appears there are a few pull offs that offer good views of the painted dessert, but …
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One in our party has mobility issues. It appears there are a few pull offs that offer good views of the painted dessert, but are there pull offs where you can view the petrified wood? Is it worth continuing on to the Petrified forest area if we are unable to do any hiking? How long should we allow for a drive through with viewing stops? We will be coming from/ returning to Flagstaff.
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yes it is worth a visit as it is so different. There are stopping places with great views. Go for it
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With the road closure what exactly will we see coming from I40? Is it better to go all the way around to I 180? Any …
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With the road closure what exactly will we see coming from I40? Is it better to go all the way around to I 180? Any suggestions so we can get the most out of this stop? Thanks!
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I took the I-40, no problems. Definitely worth seeing. Enjoy your trip!
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Can you campin the forest?
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Yes, there are two locations in the park you are allowed to "bare" camp - no fires, pack in and pack out, no prepared sites - in the wilderness areas at least 1 mile from roads. You …
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Yes, there are two locations in the park you are allowed to "bare" camp - no fires, pack in and pack out, no prepared sites - in the wilderness areas at least 1 mile from roads. You need a permit which is free and the rangers will check on your vehicle. Don't fake it and camp in unapproved areas or you risk fines and having your vehicle towed. Check at the visitor center - we used the one at the south end.
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Are snake gaiters suggested?
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I saw no evidence of snakes during our visit. Paths are paved and easily walked.
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Are there any small tours of these various sites?
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Not really. I am traveling with someone who is ill and we were able to do them easily. the staff are very involved and helpful.
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Frequently asked questions

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What is the annual visitation at Petrified Forest National Park?
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The park averages about 645,000 visitors each year. You can visit the Public Use Statistics Officewebsite for all park visitation statistics.
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