Crystal Forest Trail

EASY 43 reviews

Crystal Forest Trail is a 0.9 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Adamana, Arizona that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
0.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
36 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

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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.

2 days ago

Great short hike around the petrified logs.

walking
14 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.

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.

5 months ago

Beautiful landscape, enjoyed that it was driving and well as some hiking sightseeing.

5 months ago

This trail features the classic petrified wood you see in most pictures. Very beautiful and awesome!

6 months ago

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!

hiking
7 months ago

Very easy but interesting, just likt the giant losg trail near the visitor center.

10 months ago

Amazing. This was my “ahh” moment in the park.

walking
Friday, March 24, 2017

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
Tuesday, March 21, 2017

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

Sunday, February 26, 2017

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
Friday, February 03, 2017

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

walking
Wednesday, November 30, 2016

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

hiking
Thursday, November 03, 2016

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

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
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.

hiking
Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Nice pave walk around a heavy concentration of petrified wood. This is kid friendly. Not a bad one if your rushing through.

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