Petrified Forest Trail

MODERATE 12 reviews
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Petrified Forest Trail is a 3.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until October.

3.5 miles
1,755 feet
Out & Back



nature trips




wild flowers


no dogs

1 month ago

It was a strenuous hike to the top of the hill, but all steps worth. We saw wunderful flowers and many butterflys on the path. Ponghorns and Bisons. Nice petrified trees on the top of the hill.

1 month ago

Great hike! You can see at least 10 petrified trees (trunks upright, laying down) crystallized over 150 million years ago. The ascent is steep but loaded with wildflowers and spectacular views of Yellowstone. Saw elk, antelope, deer and bison.

11 months ago

amazing scenery, quite steep but worth the climb up to view amazing petrified trees and stumps.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Yellowstone has no shortage of striking geology and the Petrified Forest is an exceptional treasure. My husband and I have made the demanding climb to this unique place twice. With the highest regard of the rare and delicate nature of this site, we made the conscientious decision not to collect anything. For those who follow in our footsteps, please only admire the beautiful examples of petrified wood where they belong. Also, sit back and enjoy the view. The road that leads to the park's northeast entrance or the junction with the Grand Loop drive is within sight, although that strip of civilization is a trivial distraction compared to the ambiance that surrounds you. Any traffic is too far to be heard, just a whistle of a breeze in your hair. Perhaps, you will catch the low drawn out sound of wolf song.

recorded petrified trees and views

2 months ago

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11 months ago

Wednesday, May 18, 2016