Petrified Forest National Park

Petrified Forest National Park by Juan Carlos Munoz via Shutterstock.

Petrified Forest National Park, in Arizona, is famed for its fossilized trees from the Late Triassic period. Its colorful badlands, historic structures, and petroglyphs offer a journey through time.

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Fast Facts

State(s): Arizona
Area: 221,391 acres (895.94 sq km) – 31st largest national park of 63
Highest Elevation: Pilot Rock – 6,235 ft (1,900.43 m)
Lowest Elevation: Puerco River – 5,300 ft (1,615.44 m)
Date Established: December 9, 1962
Annual Visitors: 505,209 in 2022
Nearest Town: Holbrook, Arizona

Recommended Day Hikes

Park Tracker considers a “day hike” to be a hike under 10 miles. Below we provide our top five recommendations inside the park, along with AllTrails links to the hikes.

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🧗🏻‍♂️ Popular Activities in Petrified Forest National Park

Petrified Forest is about more than just hiking. See below for some of the best non-hiking activities to do in Petrified Forest National Park.

  1. Viewing ancient petroglyphs at Newspaper Rock
  2. Exploring the colorful Painted Desert badlands
  3. Photography of the petrified wood formations
  4. Driving the park’s scenic roadways
  5. Attending ranger-led talks on the park’s geology

🛎️ Where to Stay Near Petrified Forest National Park

While there are ample camping and vacation rental options near most US national parks, I personally highly prefer staying at Hilton-branded properties when traveling to national parks. As such, below are the five closest Hilton properties to Petrified Forest National Park.

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🍔 What to Eat Near Petrified Forest National Park

After hiking and exploring Petrified Forest National Park, odds are high you’re going to be hungry. Here are five of the best restaurant options within and near the park.

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