Day Trip to the Petrified Forest

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by MilwVon on March 29, 2005

This is a "must-see" in the National Park Service system!!

The Petrified Forest and Painted Desert are connected by a 26-mile loop road. As you drive through the park and see all of the logs and tree fragments scattered over the landscape, it is nearly impossible to imagine the area millions of years ago.

There are several overlooks and walks that provide you with opportunities to see and even touch the petrified wood. REMINDER: TOUCH--DO NOT TAKE! It is a federal offense to take samples. If you are interested in owning a piece of petrified wood, we suggest you stop at Jim Grays' Petrified Wood Shop located on the west end of the park in the town of Holbrook, AZ. They are open one hour past the closing time of the park, so take your time and enjoy!

We especially enjoyed the Giant Logs Trail and the Crystal Forest trails. Both are easy leisurely walks of less than 30 minutes.

Petrified Forest National Park

Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona, 86028
(928) 524-6228

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