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.
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.
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.
Great trail for all ages and a huge assortment of petrified wood! We really enjoyed it.
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.
Easy stroll on a paved trail, if you're more adventurous go out into the wilderness areas of the park. Much better.
Easy paved hike. Best examples of the trees that I saw in the south.
It was cold and rainy during my visit, but that did not effect how incredibly beautiful and bizarre the petrified wood was.
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.
Great. The trees are bigger than grown men. Bring plenty of water very hot
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.
Nice pave walk around a heavy concentration of petrified wood. This is kid friendly. Not a bad one if your rushing through.