Petrified Forest NP Hiking
Visitors can drive the 28 miles of the Main Park road, stopping at any number of overlooks to see petrified wood, petroglyphs, archeological sites, and Painted Desert vistas.
For those who wish to explore the park for an extended period, backpacking is permitted. A free wilderness permit must be obtained at least one hour before the park closes. Permits are issued at Rainbow Forest Museum and Painted Desert Visitor Center. Hikers must park their cars and enter the wilderness at Kachina Point. A 1 mile access trail leads into the wilderness area. Campers must hike to a designated zone north of Lithodendron Wash before setting up camp. There are no trails or maintained campsites.
Along the 28-mile park road are overlooks, entries to hiking trails and the wilderness trailhead.
and Rim Trail
Easy one-mile round trip walk along the rim of the Painted Desert between Tawa and Kachina Point.
and Blue Mesa Trail
3-mile vehicle loop road with views of clay hills, log falls and a pedestal log. One-mile loop trail, moderately difficult, drops into the badlands; self-guiding trail.
Jasper Forest Overlook
See petrified logs strewn across the landscape.
Crystal Forest Trail
Easy 0.75-mile loop trail winds through petrified logs that once held clear quartz and amethyst crystals.
Long Logs Trail
Easy 0.5-mile trail through a large concentration of petrified wood. Trail closed 1/2 hour before park closes.
Agate House Trail
Easy 0.8-mile walk (one way) to a partially restored pueblo built of petrified wood. Trail closed 1/2 hour before park closes.
Giant logs Trail
Easy 0.4-mile paved trail leads you to the largest log in the park. Trailhead at Rainbow Forest Museum.
and Camping Park at Kachina Point. Wilderness trail begins on the north side of Painted Desert Inn. Free permit is requited for overnight camping; available at Painted Desert Visitor Center and Rainbow Forest Museum up to 1 hour before the park closes. Water is not available in the backcountry. Carry one gallon of water per person per day. There are no designated campsites. No permit is required for day use. Pets are prohibited in wilderness area.