Petrified Forest National Park Scenic Drive: Painted Desert to Rainbow Forest is a 28 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Chambers, AZ that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and scenic driving and is accessible year-round.
Driving from Phoenix 1) travel Interstates 17 North and 40 East, passing through Flagstaff (259 miles), or 2) travel Highways 87 North to Payson, 260 East to Heber, 377 North to Holbrook, and 180 South to the park (215 miles). Driving from Albuquerque travel 204 miles west on Interstate 40 to Exit 311.
This is a great for an exploration into the past. You can see lots of petrified trees and views of the painted desert.
Nice park, take your time and get into it a little. Excellent exhibits and good short hikes
Great! One of the best parks I've been to
Would recommend as a stop on a Grand Canyon trip
Very cool area. Loved it as a kid.
We visited around Nov 1, 2014. We started at the north end at the visitor's center and then drove south stopping at a few overlooks and scenic views. See the painted desert, but save time for the petrified forest. There are trails in and around trees that now is rock/quartz. Taking petrified wood from the National Park is forbidden. However, just outside the park, you can get pieces of the petrified wood VERY cheap as people own land around the park and have access to petrified wood. There seems to be an overabundance people are willing to sell cheaply. This was primarily a driving experience with many stops along the way. Views are worth it!
Returned this year and hiked a few more trails. This is a unique park. highly recommend to all.
As a little girl traveling with my family, I remember seeing the park from the car. Now that I've grown up, I have had the chance to enjoy the beauty of the park along the Rim Trail from the Desert Inn. Spectacular views abound if you will take the time to look around. Also take time to visit the ruins and see the petroglyphs in the park. With all the beauty of the north and south ends, don't miss the locomotive rumbling across the desert. Somehow I could see a band of mounted bandits racing the train. Sometimes, my imagination gets the best of me!
Decent if you're going to drive through it, but not worth getting out of the car and walking around. So many better parks and hikes.
Very nice scenic drive with great scenic overlooks on the Painted Desert and the Petrified Forest. Several small walking trails along the way. Good photography points all along.
I have done it a couple times and loved it. There are places just outside where you can buy petrified wood.
An easy drive through the desert, that I would recommend to all
We were on our way back from Moab UT and traveling to Phoenix AZ. Since this was on our way, we did the scenic drive as well as stopped at the Visitor Center. Worth the time.
This is a stunning place but its a day trip at best and hard to appreciate as you must really stay off the ground and on the roads. Still, it is gorgeous, and better to stay preserved.
The drive through the petrified forest is a unique experience that began for us at the visitor center and then passed through huge examples of petrified wood in pristine colorful desesrt scenery. Recommend to everyone.