Crystal Forest Loop

Crystal Forest Loop

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Despite its name, expect to see more geologic marvels than standing trees along this easy loop trail in Petrified Forest National Park.

Walk through history along the Crystal Forest Loop. Discover this particular gem in the heart of Petrified Forest National Park. The short hike is accessible for most visitors and offers a glimpse into some of eastern Arizona’s most unique geologic formations.

Follow the Crystal Forest Loop and see a land where ancient trees have gradually turned into stone over a long passage of time. The trail earns its name from the stunning crystals embedded within the petrified logs that line its path. As you see the brilliantly hued relics from an ancient world, imagine the changes that have occurred over hundreds of millions of years.

The petrified trees along the Crystal Forest Loop are ancient. The petrification process began when the trees were buried under volcanic ash and mud released chemicals. During decomposition, chemicals reacted with the wood to create quartz crystals, which became colored because of the varied minerals in the water. Over millions of years, the crystals covered the logs, eventually turning them into stone. Stop and read the informative signs along the trail to learn more about the history visible in the rock formations.

Use the Crystal Forest as a starting point to explore the rest of Petrified Forest National Park. Stroll, hike and even drive through some of the park’s top sights. Enjoy the vast vistas unspoiled by humans before your eyes. Find fossils, petroglyphs and other ancient relics.

Holbrook is the closest town to the Crystal Forest Loop. Reach the town by car in about 30 minutes. Holbrook sits on the famous Historic Route 66 highway and offers a bustling town center and plenty of things to see and do.

The Crystal Forest Loop is just 0.75 miles (1.2 kilometers) in length. Find the trailhead at the Crystal Forest parking area. Be sure to admire the petrified wood in its natural setting and leave it there for others to enjoy after your visit.

Top Hotels Close to Crystal Forest Loop

Greentree Inn Holbrook
Greentree Inn Holbrook
2 out of 5
2596 E. Navajo Blvd, Holbrook, AZ, 86025
The price is $62 per night from Jun 6 to Jun 7
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La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Holbrook Petrified Forest
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Holbrook Petrified Forest
2.5 out of 5
2705 Navajo Blvd, Holbrook, AZ, 86025
The price is $179 per night from May 26 to May 27
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La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Holbrook Petrified Forest
Days Inn by Wyndham Holbrook
Days Inn by Wyndham Holbrook
2 out of 5
2601 Navajo Blvd, Holbrook, AZ, 86025
The price is $79 per night from May 30 to May 31
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Motel 6 Holbrook, AZ
Motel 6 Holbrook, AZ
2 out of 5
2514 Navajo Blvd, Holbrook, AZ, 86025
The price is $50 per night from May 26 to May 27
Motel 6 Holbrook, AZ
Greentree Inn Holbrook
Greentree Inn Holbrook
2 out of 5
2596 E. Navajo Blvd, Holbrook, AZ, 86025
The price is $62 per night from Jun 6 to Jun 7
Greentree Inn Holbrook
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Holbrook Petrified Forest
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Holbrook Petrified Forest
2.5 out of 5
2705 Navajo Blvd, Holbrook, AZ, 86025
The price is $179 per night from May 26 to May 27
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Holbrook Petrified Forest
Days Inn by Wyndham Holbrook
Days Inn by Wyndham Holbrook
2 out of 5
2601 Navajo Blvd, Holbrook, AZ, 86025
The price is $79 per night from May 30 to May 31
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Howard Johnson by Wyndham Holbrook
Howard Johnson by Wyndham Holbrook
2 out of 5
2608 Navajo Blvd, Holbrook, AZ, 86025
The price is $74 per night from May 29 to May 30
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Baymont Inn & Suites by Wyndham
Baymont Inn & Suites by Wyndham
2.5 out of 5
1308 Navajo Blvd, Holbrook, AZ, 86025
The price is $91 per night from Jun 1 to Jun 2
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Travelodge by Wyndham Holbrook
Travelodge by Wyndham Holbrook
2 out of 5
2418 East Navajo Blvd, Holbrook, AZ, 86025
The price is $55 per night from Jun 2 to Jun 3
Travelodge by Wyndham Holbrook
Best Western Arizonian Inn
Best Western Arizonian Inn
2.5 out of 5
2508 Navajo Blvd, Holbrook, AZ, 86025
The price is $129 per night from Jun 22 to Jun 23
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Econo Lodge I-40 exit 286 Holbrook
Econo Lodge I-40 exit 286 Holbrook
2 out of 5
2211 Navajo Blvd., Holbrook, AZ, 86025
The price is $65 per night from May 26 to May 27
Econo Lodge I-40 exit 286 Holbrook
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.