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    Arizona Petrified Forest Adventure Tour
    • U.S. National Park
    • Fossilized Trees
    • Rainbow Colored Geology
    • Rock Climbing
    • Science Park
    • Nature & Wildlife
    • Visitors Center
    • Wilderness Backpacking Treks
    • Painted Desert Inn Museum

    Petrified Forest National Park is a curious location where once stood 200 ft tall trees with lush vegetation and animal life is today a very arid desert. Scientists believe that about 200 million years ago these trees would fall down and float down a great river and get stuck in great logjams and buried under tons of silt and sand. The silt blocked out the air required for the normal decay of wood and instead introduced silica and other minerals that caused the wood to crystalize. Eventually the silt was washed away and today we have a landscape littered with rock hard timber.

    Petrified Forest is a Science Park! Best known for globally significant Late Triassic fossils, the park attracts many researchers.


    Wilderness Trek Area

    Backpack camping is allowed within the Petrified Forest National Wilderness Area (in the northern part of the park), requiring, at minimum, a 1 mile hike away from two designated parking spots. A free backcountry permit is available from one of the visitor centers.

    Petrified Forest National Park does not have campground facilities, and overnight parking is not allowed (except for Backpackers).


    Arizona Petrified Tree Rock Hunter Treks

    Look for the following turnoffs from the main park road to see the best and most unusual examples of petrified wood. [ See also Arizona Rockhounding Tour. ]

    • Blue Mesa - Severly eroded badlands sprinkled with petrified wood. Large pedastal logs are found throughout. Also look below the visitor turnout area for unearthly terrain features called the "haystacks" with colors of blue, gray and red.

    • Agate Bridge - Large petrified log is suspended in the air at both ends into sandstone over a dry gully. A bizarre show of the effects of erosion.

    • Jasper Forest - Large quantities of petrified timber.

    • Crystal Forest - Densest accumulation of petrified wood.

    • Long Logs Trail - Remains of an ancient river logjam.

    • Giant Logs Trail - Located next to the Rainbow Forest Museum - this collection includes Old Faithful - probably the largest log in the park.


    Scout Ranger
    BSA NPS Park Service Patch

    Boy Scouts can earn special recognition for service performed at any one of our National Parks. Scouts are also encouraged to submit a short narrative to the BSA Good Turn for America website describing their participation and lessons learned. 5 hours service for the certificate, 10 hours for their cool patch.
    Scout Ranger - See the NPS Website here for program details.

    Petrified Forest National Park
    PO Box 2217, Petrified Forest, AZ 86028; 928-524-6228;
    Visitor's Center: North Park Entrance - Exit 311 from I-40 Freeway
    Painted Forest Museum: South Park Entrance.

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In the late 1800's souvenir hunters carried off tons of the rainbow colored logs from Petrified Forest. In 1906, President Theodore Roosevelt designated this area a national monument. In 1932 the painted desert and blue mesa regions were added. In 1962 an act of congress gave the region the coveted national park designation.

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