Old Jasper Forest Road

EASY 12 reviews

Old Jasper Forest Road is a 2.6 mile lightly 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 and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
2.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
177 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

views

off trail

no shade

One of the "Off the Beaten Path Hikes" in this park, it loosely follows an old park road built in the 1930s which is mostly eroded away. The hike goes through incredible amounts of petrified wood, large and small, and ends at what was/is Eagle Nest Rock. The top part of this unique feature fell in 1941.

This hike takes you into the incredible Jasper Forest following the remnants of the old park road. Keep a lookout for the culverts (tunnles that allowed the washes to flow under the road) to lead your way to the fallen Eagle's Nest Rock hoodoo.

Dog-friendly with a leash. Small and gradual hills with little elevation change. Lots of gravel along the way can make footing slippery. Closed-toed shoes recommend. Please leave all wood, rocks, plants, animals and other park resources where they lay.

hiking
3 months ago

The trail was restored to a point and then you are walking along a sand wash. But don’t stop, because the samples of petrified wood here were outstanding with every possible color represented. We did not find the loop and ended up hiking as an in and out.

hiking
Saturday, March 10, 2018

We did the Park Ranger tour with Matt and Dorinda who were super special! They told us how the wood petrified and pointed out such amazing facts. I would recommend taking the parks feee tours. Easy to walk. What an amazing gorgeous hike!

hiking
Tuesday, January 30, 2018

We decided to make our own adventure and climbed down the bluff and explored the beautiful gems God has created!

hiking
Monday, May 15, 2017

The old (eroded road) meets the extremely old (petrified forest). The extremely old is winning. Very nice and easy hike, you will see a very large amount of petrified wood.

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