Crystal Forest Trail

EASY 21 reviews

Crystal Forest Trail is a 0.9 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Petrified Forest Natl Pk, Arizona that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
0.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
45 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

hiking

views

Driving from Phoenix 1) travel Interstates 17 North and 40 East, passing through Flagstaff (259 miles), or 2) travel Highways 87 North to Payson, 260 East to Heber, 377 North to Holbrook, and 180 South to the park (215 miles). Driving from Albuquerque travel 204 miles west on Interstate 40 to Exit 311.

29 days ago

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hiking
2 months ago

2 months ago

walking
2 months ago

The .75 mile Crystal Forest path is named for the beautiful amethyst and quartz crystals once found in the cracks of petrified logs. Several of the logs had clear embedded veins of quartz. In fact, concern over the removal of these crystals was what led to the protection of the Petrified Forest. It's hard not to wonder what this area looked like before the scavengers arrived. Worth a stop.

walking
3 months ago

Great trail for all ages and a huge assortment of petrified wood! We really enjoyed it.

3 months ago

This is less of a trail and more of an easy walk. I didn't try it, but I bet this path could be easily navigated by people using walkers and canes. The petrified wood is quite interesting and plentiful in this area but the view of the overall landscape isn't that impressive. This is a nice first stop in the park.

walking
4 months ago

walking
4 months ago

Easy stroll on a paved trail, if you're more adventurous go out into the wilderness areas of the park. Much better.

6 months ago

walking
6 months ago

Easy paved hike. Best examples of the trees that I saw in the south.

hiking
7 months ago

It was cold and rainy during my visit, but that did not effect how incredibly beautiful and bizarre the petrified wood was.

walking
8 months ago

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

walking
Monday, March 28, 2016

Pretty high traffic but worth it. Some of the better views of the petrified forests. Pretty easy walk seeing as its all paved as well.

walking
Sunday, July 12, 2015

hiking
Monday, June 15, 2015

walking
Friday, May 22, 2015

Great. The trees are bigger than grown men. Bring plenty of water very hot

walking
Thursday, November 13, 2014

This was an easy paved trail which laced around many downed trees that are now rock/quartz. Very amazing. Slightly windy, lots of photo opportunities. Cheap petrified wood just outside the National Park.