Explore the most popular Bird Watching trails in Petrified Forest National Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
7 days ago

The trail is tough to follow if you don't want to glue your eyes to the all trails app. There's no way markers of any kind. The landscape is beautiful, covered in fragments of petrified wood. No shade. Nice to do on a fall afternoon.

hiking
9 days ago

Nice hike. The onyx bridge itself was a little different than what I was expecting. I picked up the loaner trail guide from the Painted Desert Visitor Center. It gave me the landmarks to navigate by, and it was pretty easy to figure things out. Terrain is mostly firm which makes for quick walking.

We started this trail at the Tawa Point overlook and parking area in the Petrified National Forest. We walked to the Desert Inn parking area where we located the geocache, a few benchmarks, and took a brief walk through the old Inn before returning to the Tawa Point parking.

hiking
no shade
off trail
1 month ago

Great hike. There are no markings. The trail is cross country. For the first half mile the path is well worn up to the fork in the trail. The trail on the right immediately disappears. The trail on the left is still a good worn path for another quarter mile. The trail uses a dryish river bed but cuts in and out without signs. The final leg is a narrow draw that would be very hard to find without All Trails. Beautiful hike.

Wonderful short touristy trail with great views.

hiking
no shade
off trail
scramble
1 month ago

I would recommend only the first part If the trail unless you are quite experience with backcountry hiking and navigation The further loop is the high point of the trail but completely unmarked. A high point in hiking experience but also more risk than we should have taken.

hiking
1 month ago

Such a beautiful site! This area earned the description of "Big Sky" country.

hiking
1 month ago

Pretty cool. Worth doing a hike like this at least once for the experience.

hiking
1 month ago

If you only have a few minutes on your “drive thru” worth the stop as paved walking path with printed guide to educate.

hiking
1 month ago

Amazing view into the past after having visited other historic Pueblo sites. Must stop and read all the info, take modern day Petrographs (learn what that means).

hiking
3 months ago

Only went a mile in as going further didn’t seem necessary. Where the loop starts there is a nice rock overlook of the valley and got some cool pictures. Lots of petrified logs. Not a lot of clear trail markers so just pay attention and use gps.

hiking
no shade
off trail
3 months ago

hiking
no shade
4 months ago

amazing hike that with beautiful petroglyphs. no shade, so plan accordingly.

hiking
muddy
off trail
4 months ago

Getting up close with the painted desert and petrified wood is about all you get. The trail basically leads you a mile out and then disappears. You’ll most likely end up on a path that you think is the loop trail, only to find out it’s not. No trail markers or signs to lead the way. Could easily be 5 star trail, but it seems like they just don’t care. Suggestions: •Be careful! Easy to get off trail and lose track of where you are. • Almost like walking on a beach with the sand. If it rains you will be in pure mud. Suggest high top hiking boots. • Bring compass and use with AllTrails Map gps. You will need it to complete the entire loop! • Apply sunscreen and bug spray before hike Love you Trailheads! Stay Hikesy — Berndog

hiking
4 months ago

Lots of petrified wood to see up close!

hiking
no shade
4 months ago

The loaner guide book (obtained as visitor center or rainbow museum) is a must to find the bridge. They need one for reverse directions as well if you're a poor navigator like myself. With the painted desert inn always in view, I just walked my own path cutting through brush, etc. I chose this trail specifically to be up close and personal with the painted desert, however briefly. Otherwise I thought the trail was kind of boring. Great workout and view from the bridge though. Took me an hour and 10 minutes on the way out, and an hour and 20 minutes on the way back (getting lost, taking breaks). The flies were quite the nuisance as well.

hiking
rocky
5 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

Easy, paved walk.

great hike, confusing as the spilt point, get the trail map to help you

hiking
6 months ago

If you grab a trail guide book it will answer a lot of your questions about the logs. Very informative hike.

Nice easy stroll along the rim of the painted desert. During the hike your perspective only changes a little bit.

hiking
6 months ago

Very easy- go from the back door of the visitor center

hiking
6 months ago

Great guided trail

Loved this hike. Amazingly beautiful with all sorts of rock formations to climb on and around. Petrified wood everywhere. We just walked in and asked for the back country pass and got it no prob. They only have a few a day though so go early.

hiking
6 months ago

Hike out to the bridge and camped near by! Lots of petrified wood along the trail!

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