Petrified Forest National Park

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The 200-million-year-old trees and breathtaking views combine with colorful wildflowers and exciting hikes for a fantastic park experience.

The ancient trees of Petrified Forest National Park turned to quartz over many years as minerals from volcanic ash and silica replaced plant material. Once a forest, the area is now a semi-arid grassland. View beautiful desert flowers, shrubs and striking landscapes which perfectly complement the forest of fossilized logs.

The quickest way to reach petrified wood is by hiking Giant Logs loop. Follow the easy 0.4-mile (0.6-kilometer) walk along a paved trail to some of the park’s largest and most colorful petrified logs. Along the trail, notice the petrified log “Old Faithful,” which is almost 10 feet (3 meters) wide.

While most of the petrified wood is spread throughout the park’s southern half, the northern half is known for the colorful hills of the Painted Desert. To fully experience the beauty of the desert, hike the 1-mile (1.6-kilometer) round-trip Painted Desert Rim Trail.

Enjoy the scenery from the comfort of your car by driving the 28-mile (45-kilometer) park road. Overlooks such as Kachina Point offer stunning views of the colors of the Painted Desert. Forgoing a hike doesn’t mean you’ll miss seeing petrified wood. Just a few steps from the Agate Bridge parking lot is a large petrified log lying across a small ravine. Allow a minimum of 1.5 hours to drive through the park with stops at various attractions.

The park is open year-round but most popular during the summer. Colorful wildflowers light up the desert from March through October, depending on the level of rainfall. On crisp winter days, visibility across the desert can reach 100 miles (160 kilometers). Check for trail openings during winter.

Petrified Forest National Park is located in eastern Arizona, less than a 2-hour drive east of Flagstaff along historic Route 66. Park entrance has a fee. Note that petrified wood cannot be taken from the preserved park, but small pieces from elsewhere in the state are available for purchase.

U.S. national parks offer affordable access to some of the country’s tallest mountains and oldest geologic formations. Enjoy your visit to the colorful desert and ancient trees of Petrified Forest National Park.

Top Hotels Close to Petrified Forest National Park

Days Inn by Wyndham Holbrook
Days Inn by Wyndham Holbrook
2 out of 5
2601 Navajo Blvd, Holbrook, AZ
The price is $79 per night from Oct 22 to Oct 22
Situated in a national park, this hotel is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Northland Pioneer College and 2.6 mi (4.3 km) from Navajo County Historical Society Museum. Navajo ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (945 reviews)
"I wasn’t sure what to expect as it’s an older hotel. The room was pleasant and clean. I did not eat breakfast there."

Reviewed on Oct 17, 2021

Days Inn by Wyndham 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
The price is $115 per night from Nov 2 to Nov 2
Situated in Holbrook, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Painted Desert and Northland Pioneer College. Navajo County Historical Society Museum and Navajo County ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (359 reviews)
"Great clean hotel and awesome staff"

Reviewed on Oct 19, 2021

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Holbrook Petrified Forest
Baymont Inn & Suites by Wyndham
Baymont Inn & Suites by Wyndham
2.5 out of 5
1308 Navajo Blvd, Holbrook, AZ
The price is $79 per night from Oct 27 to Oct 27
Situated in a rural location, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Painted Desert and Navajo County Historical Society Museum. Northland Pioneer College and Hidden ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (979 reviews)
"Nice hotel for the area! Friendly staff! Thank you"

Reviewed on Oct 10, 2021

Baymont Inn & Suites by Wyndham
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Motel 6 Holbrook, AZ
Motel 6 Holbrook, AZ
2 out of 5
2514 Navajo Blvd, Holbrook, AZ
The price is $50 per night from Oct 22 to Oct 22
Motel 6 Holbrook, AZ
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
The price is $115 per night from Nov 2 to Nov 2
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
The price is $79 per night from Oct 22 to Oct 22
Days Inn by Wyndham Holbrook
Baymont Inn & Suites by Wyndham
Baymont Inn & Suites by Wyndham
2.5 out of 5
1308 Navajo Blvd, Holbrook, AZ
The price is $79 per night from Oct 27 to Oct 27
Baymont Inn & Suites by Wyndham
Best Western Arizonian Inn
Best Western Arizonian Inn
2.5 out of 5
2508 Navajo Blvd, Holbrook, AZ
The price is $92 per night from Nov 3 to Nov 3
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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
The price is $65 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 1
Econo Lodge I-40 exit 286 Holbrook
Howard Johnson by Wyndham Holbrook
Howard Johnson by Wyndham Holbrook
2 out of 5
2608 Navajo Blvd, Holbrook, AZ
The price is $60 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 1
Howard Johnson by Wyndham Holbrook
Travelodge by Wyndham Holbrook
Travelodge by Wyndham Holbrook
2 out of 5
2418 East Navajo Blvd, Holbrook, AZ
The price is $53 per night from Oct 27 to Oct 27
Travelodge by Wyndham Holbrook
Days Inn by Wyndham Chambers Near the Petrified Forest East
Days Inn by Wyndham Chambers Near the Petrified Forest East
2.5 out of 5
Interstate 40 and Hwy 191, Exit 333, PO Box 39, Chambers, AZ
The price is $58 per night from Oct 26 to Oct 26
Days Inn by Wyndham Chambers Near the Petrified Forest East
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