Petrified Forest National Park and Painted Desert Visitor Center lies in northeast Arizona about 25 miles east of Holbrook on Interstate 40. Petrified Forest has a north entrance off I-40 exit 311 by the Visitor Center, and a south entrance from US 180; the paved road through the park is 28 miles long. The Park provides multi-colored badlands of the painted desert, petrified wood (some entire tree trunks), and archaeological sites with fossils - one of the worlds largest concentration of such sites. The park offers a number of hiking trails for those who prefer a more intimate experience.
It's hard to fit this park into a category, because it has so much to offer. Those with interests in Geology, archaeology, palaeentology, historic buildings, or ecology will all find something to enjoy in the Petrified National Forest National Park. With one of the world's largest and most colorful concentrations of petrified wood, multi-hued badlands of the Painted Desert, historic structures, archaeological sites, native grassland, and displays of over 200-million-year-old fossils, this is a surprising land of scenic wonders and fascinating science.
Petrified Forest was originally set aside due to the amazing deposit of petrified logs. There is so much more! Fossils of more than 200 different species of plants, animal fossils from invertebrates to giant reptiles. Petrified Forest is a living laboratory. We have scientists on staff and a working fossil preparation laboratory.
There is a restaurant next to the Painted Desert Visitor Center, as well as a convenience store for snacks. Some snacks are also available at the curio shop at Rainbow Forest