Petrified Forest

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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Apr 8, 2024
This was a much prettier landscape than I expected! I thought I would just be looking at petrified logs, but the landscape is really pretty in a barren sort of way. The shape and colors of the hills … Full review by jv66210
Apr 4, 2024
I love national parks! What is so special about this one is that it wasn't crowded! Lots of vista points that didn't have a long hike to get to. Very beautiful! Quiet and serene. Full review by Nicco L
Mar 28, 2024
I was told by a friend that we would only need a couple of hours in the park. We spent all day. It was amazing! The colors were more than we could have imagined! The trails are easy to follow and tak… Full review by Sweettraveller69
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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 did not see any when I was there. The paths are well marked and very clear. Don't wander off the paths. I really don't think you need them.
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Are there any small tours of these various sites?
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Believe all self-guided tours; check with Ranger Station about organized tours. If you call they'll respond all very friendly and helpful staff
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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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