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Petrified Forest National Park
Location: Adamana, AZ
Tel. (928) 524- 6228
Open: 8am- 5pm daily
Closed: Dec 25th
Rainbow Forest Museum
Tel. (928) 524- 6822
Open: 8am- 5pm daily
Description of Petrified Forest National Park
Petrified Forest National Park that is located just off
the I- 40 highway contains remains of the ancient forest that was destroyed
millions of years ago. Petrified Forest National Park protects a large area of
fossils of the destroyed forest. Petrified trunks of trees are left on
the surface of the desert under the open sky. It was formed by a mere
accident. Apparently flash flood washed massive trees
downstream into a swampy area that greatly reduced decomposition of the
organic matter allowing gradual formation of fossils. Thus hundreds and even
thousands of ancient trees were left in the area of Petrified Forest
Painted Desert runs
along Petrified Forest National Park named so after colorful appearance due to local
mineral deposits. A 28 mile (45 km) long scenic road that starts at the
visitor centre offers a view of the area with nine observation overlooks. At Kachina Point you can find the beginning of the Painted Wilderness
trailhead. Camping is allowed in the area of Petrified Forest National Park, but with the permit purchased at
the visitor centre.
Fees and permits
Entrance fees are $5 for individuals on foot, bike or motorcycle,
and $10 for private vehicles. The Petrified Forest Annual Pass is
available for $20 and allows free park entry for one year.
There are several passes for groups traveling together in a private
vehicle or individuals on foot or on bike. These passes provide free
entry at national parks and national wildlife refuges, and also
cover standard amenity fees at national forests and grasslands, and
at lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management and Bureau of
Reclamation. These passes are valid at all national parks including
Petrified Forest National Park:
The $80 Annual Pass (valid
for twelve months from date of issue) can be purchased by anyone.
Military personnel can obtain a free annual pass in person at a
federal recreation site by showing a Common Access Card (CAC) or
U.S. citizens or permanent residents age 62 or over
can obtain a Senior Pass (valid for the life of the holder) in
person at a federal recreation site for $80, or through the mail for
$90; applicants must provide documentation of citizenship and age.
This pass also provides a fifty percent discount on some park
amenities. Seniors can also obtain a $20 annual pass.
citizens or permanent residents with permanent disabilities can
obtain an Access Pass (valid for the life of the holder) in person
at a federal recreation site at no charge, or through the mail for
$10; applicants must provide documentation of citizenship and
permanent disability. This pass also provides a fifty percent
discount on some park amenities.
Individuals who have volunteered
250 or more hours with federal agencies that participate in the
Interagency Pass Program can receive a free Volunteer Pass.
graders can receive an Annual 4th Grade Pass that allows free entry
for the duration of the 4th grade school year (September-August) to
the bearer and any accompanying passengers in a private
non-commercial vehicle. Registration at the Every Kid in a Park
website is required.
In 2018 the National Park Service will offer
four days on which entry is free for all national parks: January 15
(Martin Luther King Jr. Day), April 21 (1st Day of NPS Week),
September 22 (National Public Lands Day), and November 11 (Veterans