Petrified Forest National Park

Overview

Petrified Forest is a surprising land of scenic wonders and fascinating science. With one of the world's largest and most colorful concentrations of petrified wood, multi-hued badlands of the Painted Desert, historic structures, archeological sites, native grassland, and displays of over 200-million-year-old fossils, this is a surprising land of scenic wonders and fascinating science.

Outdoor park activities include sightseeing, walking trails with your pet on a leash, photography, hiking, geocaching: EarthCaching, horseback riding, backpacking, photography, and wildlife and bird watching. The park also has over 52,000 acres of designated wilderness you can explore!

Map

Seasonality / Weather

Open year-round.

Directions

Driving: 

Driving from Phoenix you have several choices:
1) travel Interstates 17 North and 40 East, passing through Flagstaff (259 miles), or
2) travel Highways 87 North to Payson, 260 East to Heber, 377 North to Holbrook, and 180 South to the park (215 miles).

Driving from Albuquerque travel 204 miles west on Interstate 40 to Exit 311.

Westbound Interstate 40 travelers should take Exit 311, drive the 28 miles through the park and connect with Highway 180 at the south end. Travel 19 miles on Highway 180 North to return to Interstate 40 via Holbrook.

Eastbound Interstate 40 travelers should take Exit 285 into Holbrook then travel 19 miles on Highway 180 South to the park's south entrance. Drive the 28 miles north through the park to return to Interstate 40.

Flying: 

The nearest major airports are in Phoenix, Arizona and Albuquerque, New Mexico. Once you get to the airport, you may want to rent a car and drive to the park.