Explore the most popular birding 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
1 month ago

You can follow this map to an extent but it won’t lead you directly to the onyx bridge. At the visitor center they have ‘off the map hiking trails’ I would highly advise picking one up. It was a good reference until the very, very end. I google searched onyx bridge coordinates and kept up the destination in my maps..it lead us directly there! Also, on Apple maps there’s a mark that says it’s onyx bridge but it isn’t..so follow the coordinates and happy hiking!

We took this hike the first week in April which was good because it wasn’t too hot yet. A sandy barren hike until you get to the Devils Playground. Very beautiful, different and quiet. So glad we had our gps for much of the hike. We did it on a Wednesday which made it easier to get the permit than on a Saturday.

hiking
2 months ago

This was an enjoyable hike. Glad we had this app and GPS. We used it quite a bit and it helped a lot. The trail was pretty easy to stay on until we got into the “wilderness” then we pretty much stayed in the wash and relying on the GPS. When we got to the turn around point we climbed hills and explored all of the petrified wood which didn’t disappoint. It was pretty impressive. We didn’t ever find the Onyx Bridge and that wasn’t from the lack of trying, but that’s ok because it was still good. I think the hike is rated hard because of the switchbacks at the beginning and end of the hike and the lack of marked trails.

I can’t recommend this trail highly enough. It is remote and somewhat poorly marked, but also well within cell service for real-time GPS map updates if/when you need them.The rocks and petrified wood are gorgeous (see my photos). I’m shocked that a place like this doesn’t have more enthusiastic reviews. In some ways, I hate to give up such a gem, but I also hope to see more people visiting and reviewing this great trail!

Wonderful hike! So worth it, you must go around it to see the petroglyphs.

hiking
3 months ago

Near the visitor center. You can see many petrified woods here.

hiking
3 months ago

There are only three permits every week but we got it! The scenery of badland is amazing, but I don't recommend you to go there alone, as you will not meet other persons in this area except a devil~

hiking
5 months ago

Hiked the trail with my wife and my Daughter with her dog Chester. The trail was very easy except when we went straight up the mountain only to come back down. The petrified trees were cool to see and lots of them. The frost coolest thing about the hike is doing it with family the second was the mountain. You will need this app or a map and compass because the trail is not marked and you need to follow a track or wing it. We followed the track in this app and did not find the bridge.

backpacking
8 months ago

Amazing hike to test your navigation skills! You either need to be good with maps and compass or GPS to find the bridge. I backpacked and camped out there, not finding the bridge that night, but woke up and discovered that I set up camp very close to it at least! Enjoy the silence out there, it is wonderful. I wish I had recorded the hike for the map, but once you get down the rim there is no trail, which makes is interesting. Having the Painted Desert Inn as a reference point is a plus for this type of hiking.

hiking
Monday, May 15, 2017

Short, easy off trail hike recommended by the National Park Service. You will pick up Martha's Butte fairly quickly in the hike, so it is not difficult to find. Suggest that you go around Martha's Butte for more petroglyphs and views. Note: No shade.

hiking
Sunday, May 14, 2017

GIANT

hiking
Sunday, May 14, 2017

Terrific unmaintained trail to a butte with sweet petroglyphs.

hiking
Friday, February 03, 2017

Fun to locate using navigational skills as the trail runs out, stopped here for a bit on our way to the wilderness area for an overnight camp.

walking
Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Definitely better trees to see in the park, but the info from the walking guide is a solid introduction to petrifaction and the history of the park.

walking
Friday, August 19, 2016

Very simple and short trail to see lots of petrified logs.

hiking
Friday, July 29, 2016

Interesting, not great, but take your time and enjoy the moment

hiking
Tuesday, May 31, 2016

We picked the perfect day to hike these trails. Weather was great. It was a nice paved trail through the park.

walking
Monday, March 28, 2016

Not the trail that takes you to Onyx Bridge. The rim trail is okay though, not the best views of the park though.

walking
Monday, March 28, 2016

Compared to the other trails in the area this one isn't that great. It's a pretty short walk and has some cool petrified trees but there are better so if you're squeezed for time move on.

walking
Monday, March 28, 2016

Short walk, very much worth the stop. Some great information and some very interesting petroglyphs.

hiking
Tuesday, March 08, 2016

Short walk but worth the stop!

hiking
Monday, September 22, 2014

The trail is a straight forward walk back to a petrified log that the soil has eroded out from under it. Not spectacular. The fun is using your navigation skills to find it by following a topographical map to pin point it. Overall a nice walk through the corner of the desert. Also it contains the remnant of a pioneer rock bridge over a gully.

hiking
Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Simple walk on pave trail behind the Rainbow Forest Museum. Good for those rushing through the area. The park has so much to offer besides. Spend more than a couple hours, a day is to short, especially if you want to experience the real park. Do the off the beaten path hike(s) for a real taste away from the tourists.

hiking
Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Short walk to ruins and petroglyphs, worth the stop.

hiking
Tuesday, October 29, 2013

This trail is behind the Rainbow Forest Museum. A trail guide is available in the museum. Some of the most colorful logs in the park are on this paved trail.

hiking
Tuesday, October 09, 2012

This trail is very short but cool - ancient ruins and petroglyphs along the way!

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