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

Length 0.9 mi Elevation gain 36 ft Route type Loop
Dogs on leash Kid friendly Hiking Nature trips Walking Paved Views
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Getting There

Painted Desert Visitor Center and Park Headquarters Superintendent, Petrified Forest National Park PO Box 2217 Petrified Forest, AZ 86028 Phone (928) 524-6228

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.

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Sam Pierangelo
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Mountain biking

Very easy with lots of petrified wood to look at. The purple colors in the rock were cool.

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Helen Tsao
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Karlie Borowicz
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WalkingGreat!
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Zachary Batche
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HikingGreat!

Made a quick stop to check out these pretties and glad I did! This place is humble and fascinating! Here you will find stumps of beautiful petrified wood which cascade over a. beautiful painted desert. I can hardly think of a better detour to The Grand Canyon! Whether a geological enthusiast or an outdoor lover, this is worth the stop!

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Pilar Arias
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HikingGreat!

Easy, quick loop with great views. Saw a blue too.

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Donald Buchanan
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Hiking
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Kristin Ruiz
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Hiking

Good trail, paved and popular. Great way to see lots of colorful petrified wood. Solid loop trail!

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Clisby White
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Easy paved loop through a bunch of petrified wood. The name Crystal Forest comes from the quartz crystals you can see in the petrified logs if you look closely enough.

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Nicole Redding
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There is a fee because it's located inside the petrified forest. It's neat. I don't understand why it's called Crystal Trail, but it's a pretty, paved loop.

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Phillip S
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ReSy !
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Mariel Klein
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Hiking

Pleasant walk around a beautiful assortment of petrified logs. Not at all strenuous but very enjoyable.

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Michael Ariz
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Walking

A park your car and walk the paved path for under a mile trail. But stunning landscape and petrified wood. A little busy for my taste but glad to have seen. Something about paved paths even in the most beautiful settings that take away.

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Rob Krumwiede
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Really short and easy walk, but well worth the stop to stretch the legs and check out!

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Kyle Shaw
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Hiking

Short and sweet. Unbelievable place for pictures. I saw so many beautiful rocks and colors. I wished I never had to leave. The drive out to this trail was beautiful as well

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Norma Patterson
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Trent Revic
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Hiking

This is more of a city-slickers trail, we called in as we were driving past on our way home, was a great little look around, but nothing compared to our 2-day hike and camp which we had just completed. Perfect for the entire family!

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Ty Truong
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Hiking

Great views, but pretty easy hike. It's just a loop around various downed 'trees' (petrified forest trees). There's also badlands scattered about, so the petrified wood and badlands make for great views. Take your time for some great scenery and photo taking.

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Annalisa P
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Sarah Hopp
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Walking

this entire park was a letdown for real hikers...very watered down, touristy trails. cool to see the crystalized petrified wood, but kind of over it within 5 mins. I recommend saving your money for Zion or the Grand Canyon instead!

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Mark Nekic
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Hiking

This trail is VERY similar to the Giant Logs trail. So if you do one of them, there's not much reason to do the other.

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Janelle Lajeunesse
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Hiking

Very easy paved trail. Beautiful petrified wood that looks like crystal (hence the name of the trail). Well worth the short walk.

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Elijah Chiang
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Hiking

simple and easy trail with many cool rocks. did this with 2 60 year old and two 70+ and they enjoyed it.

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Scott Behner
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HikingNo shade

WOW WOW WOW so worth the only stop if you are to make it should be this one.

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Michael Howard
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Hiking

Easy trail and a wonderful walk with a child to let them get close to all the petrified trees with great views

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SetToRoam .com
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HikingNo shade
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Hypsy Gypsy
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HikingNo shade

Literally “a stroll in the park.” Super easy. Opportunity to get some up-close, detailed pictures of the petrified wood. No shade. Busy

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Cara French
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Hiking

Fun easy trail to see all the sparkles in the petrified wood!

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Kelly Gant
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