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.

Great short hike around the petrified logs.

walking
16 days ago

9/7/18, P.M.
Did whole trail; no chance to record.
Easy walk, viewing the site.
Some wise steps, except for one, inclines are not steep (and even then, it wasn’t really steep, just in comparison to the rest of the trail).
Incredible to think how many millions of years those logs have been around!
I recommend for all levels.

walking
17 days ago

9/7/18, P.M.
Didn’t do whole trail, pressed for time (needed to get to other end before 6pm).
Was a quick peek. But, the very little done was nice; nice view and super easy.

I didn't finish the hike, but this is more of a tip than review from what I experienced. As others have recommended, be sure to bring a GPS. I hiked solo and no one else was around me, didn't have any first aid gear and only had food and water. The paper guide that the visitor center gives for the trailhead is different than Alltrails. I was confused and spent a good half hour at the wrong trailhead and decided to follow the trail on here. I plan to do the hike again, but more prepared if I'm lucky to get a permit again.

hiking
1 month ago

Great short hike. Some steepness in the beginning. Highly recommend considering how short the hike is and for the views.

Great trail! It goes right through the middle of the Blue Mesa!!

Great trail!! Not hard at all, it makes you feel like you are on another planet!! The colors are phenomenal!!

walking
2 months ago

Great trail! A good chance to stretch your legs and see some cool scenery. There’s also a good amount of petrified wood scattered around the trail. Has a bit of a steep start and ending just FYI.

walking
2 months ago

Paved trail. Awesome views of blue Mesa mounds and petrified wood

This was a terrific hike. Stunning views. There are no “trails” to follow. But if you use the map here on the app go past the top of the suggested trail and you will be amazed at all the big petrified trees you will see. I went after it rained and it got a little muddy. I spent most of the day there and easily hiked 10+ miles.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice introduction upon entering the park, some impressive large preserved logs.

hiking
2 months ago

Easy enough walk from the parking lot, but it gives you an opportunity to get close to lots of petrified wood. Worth the stop as you are passing through the park.

hiking
2 months ago

Not a difficult hike, but some great views. It can be a bit slippery after the rain, so use some caution, but otherwise it is pretty easy, which gives you time to take in the colors!

loved it, like walking on another planet

hiking
3 months ago

Pretty easy trail to complete. The only small challenge is the initial 300 ft where you descend into the lower area to see the base of the Mesa. Beautiful layers, we compared them to the Badlands in North and South Dakota. it was definitely hot, 107 the day we made the loop. Under cooler conditions it would be very easy. Highly recommended.

Bring binoculars and linger awhile. It’s like looking into a time machine.

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
5 months 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
5 months 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
6 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
6 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
6 months ago

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

hiking
6 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

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