Petrified Forest National Park

Petrified Forest National Park 

Arizona is home to some of our country's most precious natural wonders, and the Petrified Forest National Park is even better than ever this year. The park has always been spectacular, but a new array of adventures are available for 2017. Whether you've been to the park before, or this will be your first Petrified Forest National Park adventure, there's no better time to visit the park than now.

Endless Adventures

There are so many hikes and adventures available to visitors of Petrified Forest National Park, you'll want to return again and again to see them all. New backcountry hikes into Devil's Playground and Red Basin give visitors access to areas that have rarely been hiked before. Outdoor enthusiasts can also enjoy the Blue Forest Hike, Billing Gap Overlook Hike, Jasper Forest Hike, Onyx Bridge Hike and countless others for people of all hiking abilities.

Visitors who want to learn more about the history and culture of the park and its surrounding areas can take part in numerous activities throughout the year. The next few months have multiple cultural demonstrations, Artist-in-Residence programs and tours on schedule.

Visiting the Park

Summer is the busiest season at Petrified Forest National Park, but all seasons offer their own wonders. The fee to visit the park is $10 for private vehicles and $5 for walk-ins and motorcyclists. An annual pass to Petrified Forest National Park is just $20, and if you plan on taking an overnight backcountry trek, permits are required for staying overnight in the park's "Wilderness Area." The permit is free, but be sure to pick one up at one of the park's visitors centers before you embark.

Take Your Lance Camper

Traveling in your Lance Camper is one of the best ways to visit Petrified Forest National Park. Lance travelers can park their campers in the many campgrounds just outside of park grounds, including Blue Water State Park, El Morro National Monument and Homolovi State Park.