Explore the most popular hiking 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.

This hike was beyond beautiful! Simple loop but was hot so bring water! Great photo opportunities on this hike with all the wonderful colors.

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
1 month ago

Easy loop into an amazing part of the park. Petrified wood and the blue-purple tint of the mesa walls are so alien.

Beautiful landscape, enjoyed that it was driving and well as some hiking sightseeing.

This trail features the classic petrified wood you see in most pictures. Very beautiful and awesome!

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.

walking
2 months ago

Good parking.

Well paved trail with some benches. The many informative panels kept us intrigued

The parking is sufficient.

The views from the trail are stunning! Wind was an issue today but the spring temps were grand.

Much of the path is handicap accessible and all is suitable for strollers.

Wow!

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!

hiking
2 months ago

March 2018 with Michael , the multicolored petrified wood is beautiful.

hiking
2 months ago

We did the Park Ranger tour with Matt and Dorinda who were super special! They told us how the wood petrified and pointed out such amazing facts. I would recommend taking the parks feee tours. Easy to walk. What an amazing gorgeous hike!

Nice walk for all skill levels. Lots of petrified wood

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

The hike was super beautiful and peaceful. Easy trail as well, the Agate house honestly was not as cool as what I expected being that it is a reconstructed version to show you what it originally was. But still definitely a must see if you visit the park!

hiking
3 months ago

We decided to make our own adventure and climbed down the bluff and explored the beautiful gems God has created!

hiking
3 months ago

So beautiful, simple paved trail into an awesome memorable experience!

hiking
3 months ago

Very easy but interesting, just likt the giant losg trail near the visitor center.

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
3 months ago

My favorite trail in petrified forest NP. The view is really like in another planet. It make me remember the movie of Interstellar.

hiking
4 months ago

It was a pretty and easy hike, but there was not much petrified wood here. Other areas of the park have much more.

hiking
4 months ago

Nice, well maintained (paved) trail. Great views all around. Take a bit of water in the summer even though it’s just a mile.

Very beautiful- quiet, secluded. Really enjoyed this quick little hike.

This is the best hiking trail in the whole park.

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.

Beautiful walk through the badlands. The path is paved and in good condition. When I went it was busy, but everyone was spread out.

Amazing. This was my “ahh” moment in the park.

Walking through the Blue Mesas, I felt like I was on another planet! So beautiful! On the trail, it was my husband, our 2.5 year old son, and me. Our son is pretty good with hiking, but the ledges at the beginning of the trail made me too nervous to let him walk on his own (he's a runner). So I wore him in a hiking backpack. The steep decline at the beginning was a little challenging, but nothing too bad. Plus, we got some great views from there. Once down in the valley, the trail was relatively flat. I was a bit nervous about hiking back up at the end, but there was a bench about halfway up where we took a quick break and even watched a train go by in the distance.

I led a group of Girl Scouts on this trail, starting at the Tawa Trail. It was great, just hot because of the lack of shade. Very easy, slight incline--just bring water!

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