Explore the most popular walking 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
9 days 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
27 days 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!

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
2 months ago

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

hiking
2 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
4 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.

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!

backpacking
7 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.

Easy, paved trail. Cool petrified logs along the way and some pretty desert scenery in the distance. Other than that, pretty boring.

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
11 months ago

GIANT

hiking
11 months ago

Terrific unmaintained trail to a butte with sweet petroglyphs.

So cool looking everywhere

Monday, April 03, 2017

Unexpected beauty. You cannot beat these views. Definitely worth your time.

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
Friday, February 03, 2017

Beautiful history and scenery, boring & easy trail.

walking
Wednesday, November 30, 2016

In respect to the actual trail, this is a good hike for people who don't hike.

In respect to the quality of the landscape, very high with amazing logs and stunning badlands. Absolutely worth pursuing.

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.

Saturday, October 01, 2016

Beautiful views

walking
Friday, August 19, 2016

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

hiking
Friday, August 19, 2016

Very easy hike with some nice views of the area.

hiking
Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Simple hike most anyone can do. Good views. Better hikes in the park. You really see it all from the car already.

Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Pretty area, a must area if you stop at the National Park, you can walk as far as you want, don't have to complete to get a good view of the area

hiking
Friday, July 29, 2016

Good trail, easy walk, lots of stuff to see

hiking
Friday, July 29, 2016

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

Nice day to hike on this paved trail. Definitely worth coming in.

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