Petrified Forest National Park

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  • 1. Blue Mesa

    Trail

    Although it's only 1 mile long and significantly steeper than the rest, this trail at the park's midway point is one of the most popular and...Read More

  • 2. Agate Bridge

    Nature Sight

    Here you'll see a 100-foot log spanning a 40-foot-wide wash. ...Read More

  • 3. Agate House

    Trail

    A fairly flat 1-mile trip takes you to an eight-room pueblo sitting high on a knoll. Moderate. ...Read More

  • 4. Agate House

    Ruins

    This eight-room pueblo is thought to have been built entirely of petrified wood 700 years ago. Researchers believe it might have been used as...Read More

  • 5. Chinde Point Picnic Area

    Other Attraction

    Near the north entrance, this small spot has tables and restrooms. ...Read More

  • 6. Crystal Forest

    Nature Sight

    The fragments of petrified wood strewn here once held clear quartz and amethyst crystals. ...Read More

  • 7. Crystal Forest Trail

    Trail

    This easy ¾-mile loop leads you past petrified wood that once held quartz crystals and amethyst chips. Easy. ...Read More

  • 8. Giant Logs Interpretive Loop Trail

    Nature Sight

    A short walk leads you past the park's largest log, known as Old Faithful. It's considered the largest because of its diameter (9 feet 9 inches...Read More

  • 9. Giant Logs Trail

    Trail

    At 0.4 mile, Giant Logs is the park's shortest trail. The loop leads you to Old Faithful, the park's largest petrified log—9 feet, 9 inches...Read More

  • 10. Jasper Forest

    Viewpoint

    More of an overlook than a forest, this spot has a large concentration of petrified trees in jasper or red. ...Read More

  • 11. Kachina Point

    Trail

    This is the trailhead for wilderness hiking at Petrified Forest National Park. A 1-mile trail leads to the Wilderness Area, but from there you...Read More

  • 12. Long Logs Trail

    Trail

    Although barren, this easy 1.6-mile loop passes the largest concentration of wood in the park. Easy. ...Read More

  • 13. Newspaper Rock

    Ruins

    See huge boulders covered with petroglyphs believed to have been carved by the Pueblo people more than 500 years ago. Look through the binoculars...Read More

  • 14. Painted Desert Inn National Historic Landmark

    Museum/Gallery

    A nice place to stop and rest in the shade, this site offers vast views of the Painted Desert from several lookouts. Inside, cultural history...Read More

  • 15. Painted Desert Rim

    Trail

    The 1-mile trail is at its best in early morning or late afternoon, when the sun accentuates the brilliant red, blue, purple, and other hues...Read More

  • 16. Painted Desert Scenic Drive

    Scenic Drive

    A 28-mile scenic drive takes you through the park from one entrance to the other. If you begin at the north end, the first 5 miles take you...Read More

  • 17. Petrified Forest National Park

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    There are few places where the span of geologic and human history is as wide or apparent as it is at Petrified Forest National Park, where you...Read More

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  • 18. Puerco Pueblo

    Ruins

    This is a 100-room pueblo, built before 1400 and said to have housed Ancestral Pueblo people. Many visitors come to see the petroglyphs, as...Read More

  • 19. Puerco Pueblo Trail

    Trail

    A relatively flat and interesting 0.3-mile trail takes you past remains of a home of the Ancestral Pueblo people, built before 1400. The trail...Read More

  • 20. Rainbow Forest Museum Picnic Area

    Other Attraction

    There are restrooms and tables at this small picnic area near the south entrance. ...Read More

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