Petrified Forest National Park

 


Petrified Forest National ParkPetrified Forest National Park is a surprising land of scenic wonders and fascinating science. The park features one of the world's largest and most colorful concentrations of petrified wood, the multi-hued badlands of the Chinle Formation known as the Painted Desert, historic structures, archeological sites, and displays of 225 million-year-old fossils.

The park is 93,533 acres, with a recently expanded boundary increasing the acreage to 218,533 acres.

Located in northeastern Arizona, Petrified Forest National Park is about 3.5 hours driving time from either Phoenix, Arizona (214 miles via Payson and Heber or 259 miles via Flagstaff) or Albuquerque, New Mexico (204 miles).

Park activities include the park film, museums, sightseeing, photography, walking, hiking and wilderness backpacking. A variety of ranger programs are given year round with an increased number during the summer.

Fees:
Private Vehicle - $10 (for 7 days)
Walk-ins, Bicyclists, and Motorcyclists - $5 (for 7 days)
Petrified Forest Annual Pass - $20

Getting There:
Petrified Forest National Park stretches north and south between Interstate 40 and Highway 180.

Westbound Interstate 40 travelers should take Exit 311, drive through the park and connect with Highway 180 at the south end. Highway 180 north returns to Interstate 40 via Holbrook.

Eastbound Interstate 40 travelers should exit at Holbrook and travel on Highway 180 South to the park's south entrance. Drive north through the park to return to Interstate 40.