Explore the most popular Kid Friendly 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
no shade
washed out
3 days ago

No signs/trail but it was easy and enjoyable. Did in March.

Follow the wash northwest and you will see the butte eventually.

Website says 1 mile but that’s one way.

Saw three petroglyphs pretty clearly.

hiking
6 days ago

Windier here than at Blue Mesa Trail, but I didn't care. Seeing the different kinds of petrified wood pieces was quite the sight. So many distinct colors and patterns. A casual 30 minute loop that I recommend.

hiking
6 days ago

Windy day in the low 40s in Petrified Forest. The loop took me 30 minutes while stopping for many pictures. Beautiful views in every direction as the trail leads down to a valley with clay formations surrounding you.

hiking
15 days ago

We hiked this trail on 3/4/19. Great views and quite cool to be down among the rock features. The trail is steep at the beginning but is entirely paved. Definitely would recommend for any visitors of Petrified Forest.

hiking
1 month ago

Easy loop with beautiful view of the badlands!

This is an interesting and educational hike if you have never seen the Petrified Forest before. You might only be disappointed if you are hoping to see a forest, as all of trees have fallen! This is more of a "drive a while - get out and hike a while" hike. You can drive through the park and get out and hike a few feet or hike a mile or two at a time if you. All trails are either paved or clearly marked.

Every geologist, history nut, or Arizona enthusiast should visit this park.

Driving non-stop, through the park, takes 45 minutes. The average length of stay is 2 hours but you could stay all day and not get bored.

Don't take any wood as souvenirs, though. It is against the law - plus, letters from those who did are posted in the visitor center with tales of all the bad luck they had afterward!

Got to http://www.nps.gov/pefo/pphtml/activities.html for more info.

The park is open year round except Christmas - December 25. Park hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5 p.m., with extended hours during the summer.

hiking
2 months ago

Make sure to climb down from the rim trail and experience the red badlands behind the inn. One of the quietest places I have ever been.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful example of desert badlands- very distinctive blue gray color and plenty of petrified wood uncovered.

This was the last trail we did in Petrified Forest and while the size of the logs was impressive, the colors were nothing like Jasper Forest.

Petroglyphs are amazing. Easy walk.

hiking
3 months ago

The trail was restored to a point and then you are walking along a sand wash. But don’t stop, because the samples of petrified wood here were outstanding with every possible color represented. We did not find the loop and ended up hiking as an in and out.

Fabulous, a must do at Petrified National Park!!! Short but absolutely stunning and unique views — the colors are gorgeous, and the ancient earth energy is amazing. Thank you Mama Earth ✨

Great little trail... and nice, scenic drive to get there.

hiking
4 months ago

Nice lil trek. Super easy and the vastness of your view from horizon to horizon just really reminds you of how small we are on the planet. I liked the sound of only the wind in my ears.

hiking
4 months ago

I liked this trail. Even my mother hiked it with me. Great little loop and the blue hues of the mesa were fun to take pics of and edit the color later on my camera.

on Blue Mesa Trail

5 months ago

beaitiful colors in the rock. well worth it!!

5 months ago

very unique hike. loved the landscape with all the petrified trees.

Great short hike around the petrified logs.

walking
6 months 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
6 months 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.

scenic driving
7 months ago

Great scenic drive along the park. Has great vista views and doesn't get crowded. Highly recommend the Blue Mesa Trail, Desert Inn for the vista as well as ice cream downstairs, and of course the Petrified Logs in the southern entrance. I didn't stop at all the locations, but these were the stops that I made and would recommend. A very underrated National Park in my opinion.

hiking
7 months 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
7 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
7 months ago

scenic driving
7 months ago

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

Absolutely worth the drive. Some amazing views of the Arizona high desert.

hiking
8 months ago

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

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