Petrified Forrest National Park
Petrified Forest National Park
A 40-minute drive north of Snowflake is the internationally famous Petrified Forest National Park, the largest park of its kind, where visitors can walk among giant fallen petrified wood. The Painted Desert, adjacent to the Petrified Forest, comes alive with a brilliant palette of desert colors for a sunrise or sunset that you won't want to miss!
Open year round except December 25th, the National Park hours are from 7:30AM to 5:00PM, with extended hours during the summer. A $10 entrance fee per vehicle is charged, $5 per person for walk in or bicyclists. The National Parks annual pass or Golden Pass can also be used for entry. For more information contact: Petrified Forest National Park at (928)524-6228.
Services: Painted Desert - food, gas, souvenirs. Rainbow Forest - souvenirs, snacks. No lodging or campgrounds in park. (Nearby communities have facilities.)
Activities: Overnight backpacking (permit required), self-guided trails, day hikes. Picnic areas - Chinde Point & Rainbow Forest. Ranger talks - seasonal.
Weather: Summer - warm, thunderstorms common. Winter - cool, less than 10" of snow. (Winter storms may close park.) Strong winds anytime.
Important: collection or removal of petrified wood, natural or cultural objects is prohibited. Violators can be fined, imprisoned or both.