hikercentral.comNational Parks


Petrified Forest National Park

Custom Search

Petrified Forest is a surprising land of scenic wonders and fascinating science. The park is located in northeast Arizona and features one of the world's largest and most colorful concentrations of petrified wood. Also included in the park's 93,533 acres are 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



Email - PEFO_Superintendent@nps.gov

Fax- 928-524-3567

Write to
Petrified Forest National Park
P.O. Box 2217
Petrified Forest National Park, AZ 86028

Visitor Information - 928-524-6228


Operating Hours, Seasons
Open year round except Christmas - December 25. Park hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5 p.m., with extended hours during the summer. Hours may vary, so call before your arrival. Note: Arizona does not observe Daylight Savings Time.

Getting There
CAR - Petrified Forest stretches between Interstate 40 and U.S. Highway 180. Visitors traveling west on Interstate 40 should exit at milepost 311, drive through the park and connect with U.S. Highway 180 at the south end. Take U.S. Highway 180 to Holbrook to continue west on Interstate 40. Eastbound visitors exit Interstate 40 at Holbrook and take U.S. Highway 180 to the park's south entrance. Drive north through the park to return to Interstate 40.

Weather & Climate
Summer days are generally hot with temperatures in the 90's and occasionally in the low 100's. Summer nights range in the 50's - 60's. Average winter daytime temperatures vary from the 40 to 50s with nighttime lows in the 20s and teens. Temperatures can dip below 0 degrees. Annual rainfall is 9 to 10 inches with 40% occurring as thunderstorms in the late summer. There is occasional snow in the winter. High winds can occur any time of year. Humidity is usually low.

Getting Around
Travel through the park is by private vehicle or commercial tour only.


Wilderness area backpacking only
No campgrounds or lodging are available in the park, but nearby communities offer full service accommodations. Overnight backpacking is available in the Petrified Forest Wilderness. A free permit is required and can be obtained at the Painted Desert Visitor Center or Rainbow Forest Museum. Permits must be procured at least 1 hour before closing.


No lodging available in park


Visitor Centers
Open All Year 8:00 am - 4:00 pm MST
Phone - (928)524-6228
Location - 2 miles from north park entrance
Closures - Christmas Day
Special Programs - Ranger guided tours; check activity schedule Special events - Native American Artisians demonstrate crafts
Exhibits - Cultural history of Petrified Forest area; Fred Kabotie murals on interior walls; workmanship of Civilian Conservation Corps evident.
Available Facilities - Book sales, restrooms

Open All Year 8:00 am - 5:00 pm MST
Phone - (928)524-6228
Location - I-40, Exit #311
Closures - Christmas Day
Special Programs - 20-minute video shown every 1/2 hour
Exhibits - General park information & orientation
Available Facilities - Restrooms, Bookstore

Open All Year 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Phone - 928-524-6228
Location - South Entrance (U. S. 180)
Closures - Christmas Day
Exhibits - Rainbow Forest Museum has exhibits of early reptiles, dinosaurs, and petrified wood.
Available Facilities - Bookstore, Restrooms

Detailed Map

Contact Info
contact info
Phone, Email, Address, GPS coordinates

Campgrounds Nearby
List of Nearby Campgrounds

Local weather forecast

These outdoors activities are available near Petrified Forest National Park.
 Campgrounds Near Petrified Forest National Park:
Root 66, Sun Valley, 16 miles away
OK RV Park, Holbrook, 16 miles away
Cholla Lake Regional Park, Holbrook, 18 miles away
K O A Kampgrounds, Holbrook, 20 miles away
Holbrook KOA Kampground, Holbrook, 20 miles away
 Hotels Near Petrified Forest National Park:
Quality Inn Holbrook, Holbrook , 19 miles away
Howard Johnson Holbrook, Holbrook , 19 miles away
Days Inn Holbrook, Holbrook , 19 miles away
Travelodge Holbrook, Holbrook , 20 miles away
Best Western Arizonian Inn, Holbrook , 20 miles away
Econo Lodge I-40 Exit 286-Holbrook, Holbrook , 20 miles away
Super 8 Holbrook, Holbrook , 20 miles away
 Ski Areas Near Petrified Forest National Park:
Sunrise Park, Arizona , 51 miles away, 1800 foot drop, 10 lifts, 65 runs
 Public Lands Near Petrified Forest National Park:
Fool Hollow Lake Recreation Area, Arizona , 33 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Petrified Forest National Park:
Hidden Cove Golf Course, Holbrook , 20 miles away

Copyright © Stratus-Pikpuk, Inc. - Pictures of park and text about park by the US National Park Service. Operating hours and fees are valid at the date of publishing and are subject to change, please contact park directly for current information.