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Chambers, Arizona Map
11 days ago

Plus: spots with boat loads of petrified wood. Beautiful colors in the initial descent. The “bridge” was quite long.

Pitfalls: hard to find your way because there is no trail. The map here was not accurate. Be sure to visit the Inn at the top and go through their guidebook. The badlands are seemingly endless. This place would be scary during a flash flood. There had been lots of moisture recently and the dirt was very soft. This would be too difficult if muddy. Not the type of hike I typically like to do.

The bridge was cool, but it’s not like the bridge that is on the south side of the park, which clears the ground by quite a bit. This one clears a wash by just a couple inches. A waterfall flows a few feet beyond during a flash flood.

off trail
13 days ago

This is by far the best way to see the park! Be prepared to way-find. Stop by the ranger at the Inn for some navigation tips and a visual way finding guide. Don’t rely on GPS alone! Half the steps you see on the ground are lost people... We lucked out and made it straight to the bridge. Please be responsible and respectful of this beautiful place.

19 days ago

Great hike with incredible views as a pay off! It was pretty muddy from a recent snow that was still melting but only bad in a few places. I would definitely recommend this trail but be warned the last part is a climb straight up!

19 days ago

The AllTrails route loosely follows a few washes, but you can pretty much go whichever way you want to reach the Onyx Bridge. Drop a pin where the bridge is before setting out.

This is an interesting and educational hike if you have never seen the Petrified Forest before. You might only be disappointed if you are hoping to see a forest, as all of trees have fallen! This is more of a "drive a while - get out and hike a while" hike. You can drive through the park and get out and hike a few feet or hike a mile or two at a time if you. All trails are either paved or clearly marked.

Every geologist, history nut, or Arizona enthusiast should visit this park.

Driving non-stop, through the park, takes 45 minutes. The average length of stay is 2 hours but you could stay all day and not get bored.

Don't take any wood as souvenirs, though. It is against the law - plus, letters from those who did are posted in the visitor center with tales of all the bad luck they had afterward!

Got to http://www.nps.gov/pefo/pphtml/activities.html for more info.

The park is open year round except Christmas - December 25. Park hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5 p.m., with extended hours during the summer.

2 months ago

Make sure to climb down from the rim trail and experience the red badlands behind the inn. One of the quietest places I have ever been.

Great little trail... and nice, scenic drive to get there.

4 months ago

Nice lil trek. Super easy and the vastness of your view from horizon to horizon just really reminds you of how small we are on the planet. I liked the sound of only the wind in my ears.

5 months ago

I’m giving this trail 4 stars because it doesn’t take you to the Onyx Bridge or the Black Forest, but just around the washout.

Otherwise, this trail is a great way to see the Petrified Forest! There isn’t a trail after you get out into the open, so we were just wandering around by ourselves. We started at the same time two campers started, but we were only on the same path for about ten minutes. You can see the building you park at/hike down from the entire time, so you can’t really get lost. Once we pulled up AllTrails, we realized we were supposed to follow the washout around. We only did that side of the trail, looked around for Onyx Bridge for a few minutes (didn’t find it), then got back on the “trail” and walked past the washout into the Black Forest. We saw two tarantulas, so keep your eyes open.

I definitely would not rate this trail as hard. The hardest part was the climb back up to the parking lot because it is straight up. Everything else is flat and easy and open. We explored for about 4 hours, and when we were done, took a straight shot back toward the building.

scenic driving
7 months ago

Great scenic drive along the park. Has great vista views and doesn't get crowded. Highly recommend the Blue Mesa Trail, Desert Inn for the vista as well as ice cream downstairs, and of course the Petrified Logs in the southern entrance. I didn't stop at all the locations, but these were the stops that I made and would recommend. A very underrated National Park in my opinion.

Great trail!! Not hard at all, it makes you feel like you are on another planet!! The colors are phenomenal!!

scenic driving
7 months ago

This was a terrific hike. Stunning views. There are no “trails” to follow. But if you use the map here on the app go past the top of the suggested trail and you will be amazed at all the big petrified trees you will see. I went after it rained and it got a little muddy. I spent most of the day there and easily hiked 10+ miles.

Absolutely worth the drive. Some amazing views of the Arizona high desert.

Bring binoculars and linger awhile. It’s like looking into a time machine.

Very interesting and scenic! We got our at several places to walk around and check things out up close. You can buy some petrified wood at the shop of local wares and touristy stuff by the museum which we arrived to late for. But the trail behind Museum was great!

11 months ago

You can follow this map to an extent but it won’t lead you directly to the onyx bridge. At the visitor center they have ‘off the map hiking trails’ I would highly advise picking one up. It was a good reference until the very, very end. I google searched onyx bridge coordinates and kept up the destination in my maps..it lead us directly there! Also, on Apple maps there’s a mark that says it’s onyx bridge but it isn’t..so follow the coordinates and happy hiking!

Very cool place, give yourself plenty of time. We could only do half the park, going southwest to northeast. The park does close at night and if you think you can steal any wood, good luck, they have search stations at the gates.

11 months ago

Absolutely love this park. It’s mostly just drive, stop, look at something amazing and go back to your car. At the most a 1.5 miles hike on pavement. Easy for all levels. Stunning colors, amazing photo ops.

11 months ago

This was an enjoyable hike. Glad we had this app and GPS. We used it quite a bit and it helped a lot. The trail was pretty easy to stay on until we got into the “wilderness” then we pretty much stayed in the wash and relying on the GPS. When we got to the turn around point we climbed hills and explored all of the petrified wood which didn’t disappoint. It was pretty impressive. We didn’t ever find the Onyx Bridge and that wasn’t from the lack of trying, but that’s ok because it was still good. I think the hike is rated hard because of the switchbacks at the beginning and end of the hike and the lack of marked trails.

March 2018 with Michael

scenic driving
Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Absolutely gorgeous!! So many things to see and so breath taking!

Friday, January 12, 2018

Amazingly beautiful I didn’t think the colors would be so vivid

scenic driving
Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Our group enjoyed this park a lot! Along the scenic drives there are many opportunities to hike around some and get close to the petrified wood.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Hiked the trail with my wife and my Daughter with her dog Chester. The trail was very easy except when we went straight up the mountain only to come back down. The petrified trees were cool to see and lots of them. The frost coolest thing about the hike is doing it with family the second was the mountain. You will need this app or a map and compass because the trail is not marked and you need to follow a track or wing it. We followed the track in this app and did not find the bridge.

Thursday, September 07, 2017

I led a group of Girl Scouts on this trail, starting at the Tawa Trail. It was great, just hot because of the lack of shade. Very easy, slight incline--just bring water!

Thursday, September 07, 2017

Amazing hike to test your navigation skills! You either need to be good with maps and compass or GPS to find the bridge. I backpacked and camped out there, not finding the bridge that night, but woke up and discovered that I set up camp very close to it at least! Enjoy the silence out there, it is wonderful. I wish I had recorded the hike for the map, but once you get down the rim there is no trail, which makes is interesting. Having the Painted Desert Inn as a reference point is a plus for this type of hiking.

Monday, April 03, 2017

Unexpected beauty. You cannot beat these views. Definitely worth your time.

scenic driving
Friday, March 24, 2017

We drove the straight wide-open Interstate 40 east to Holbrook (you could smell the AZ forest fires off to the south even though you could not see them) and then 20 miles on Hwy 180 south to the southern entrance of Petrified Forest National Park, which is also connected to the Painted Desert and the Badlands along the 27 mile drive. Entering the park we drove past a giant gift store selling petrified wood and then got a picture at the park entrance sign. The park is a wide-open expanse of desert and steppe-like terrain. At the Rainbow Forest Museum and Visitor’s Center were many displays on the formation of petrified wood, fossilized bones and teeth of ancient animals, and a display of redemptive letters from people who stole wood from the park and later regretted it (it is bad luck). Because an estimated 25,000 pounds of petrified wood are stolen from the park every year, the NPS has adopted a zero-tolerance policy for visitors who remove even the smallest pieces.
Violators are subject to fines starting at $275 (it might be more now). If rangers suspect you of removing any wood or other resources, they may detain you and search your car. We were asked if we had removed anything as we departed the park, but were not checked (and we didn’t take any wood). Just outside the museum is the Giant Logs self-guided trail, an easy .4mi. stroll showing logs like Old Faithful (almost 10 feet long, 5 feet in diameter and 44 tons!)
Almost directly across the parking lot from the museum is another hike, the Long Logs trail, 0.6 mi. RT and has the largest concentration of wood in the park. This relatively flat, paved loop gives an idea of the immensity of the Araucarioxylon trees that grew in this area during the Triassic Period. Many of the longest logs, including one that measures 116 feet, lie alongside the trail on the north end of the loop. The different colored layers are caused by mineral deposits in the clay. Another hike, 1.5 mi. RT to 8-room Agate House, leads you to the ruins of a pueblo built from colorful agate, petrified wood; a pueblo that archaeologists believe was briefly occupied around a.d. 1100. Colorful bits of petrified wood dot the ground on the way to the pueblo, which sits atop a knoll overlooking a vast expanse of desert. Made from petrified wood and mortar, Agate House must have been one of the prettiest dwellings anywhere. We saw the unusual formations known as The Flattops, caused by the erosion of softer mineral deposits from beneath a harder and more erosion-resistant layer of sandstone. We walked the .75 mile Crystal Forest path, named for the beautiful amethyst and quartz crystals once found in the cracks of petrified logs. We also stopped at the Agate Bridge and saw a petrified log that forms a natural agate bridge. We drove by Jasper Forest Overlook, with logs having petrified roots, and descended the Blue Mesa to the floor beneath - some of the prettiest land in the park. The hillsides are streaked and blend where the clay has washed into drainages.
We next drove by the very interesting Teepees, eroded triangular sandstone and clay formations that look like sand paintings, colored by manganese, iron and other minerals in the soil. We skipped by Newspaper Rock, a dense concentration of petroglyphs left by generations of Native Americans, and also the nearby 100-room Puerco Pueblo, the park's largest archaeological site, containing the remains of homes built by the people who created the park's petroglyphs (This pueblo was probably built sometime around 1400 and has many petroglyphs on the backside). North of Puerco Pueblo, we crossed I-40 and entered the Painted Desert, named for vivid colors created by minerals dissolved in sandstone and clay soils that were deposited during different geologic periods. At Kachina Point, we ate peanut butter sandwiches and visited the Painted Desert Inn, a historic building that's currently being restored. The inn, built in 1924, is where you'll usually see Native American craftspeople giving demonstrations (we didn’t see any, but it was a nice gift store). The Painted Desert Rim Trail meanders along the Painted Desert rim between Kachina and Tawa points, with stunning views of the desert, where gray, pink, and red badlands stand out against the green grasses at their bases and a more interesting route leads down into the Painted Desert from behind the Painted Desert Inn, the Painted Desert Wilderness Trail, about 0.5 mi. one-way. After a brief visit at the PD VC, we got back on I-40 and headed east to Chambers and took a left on Hwy 191 north to Canyon de Chelley at Chinle.

Friday, February 03, 2017

Fun to locate using navigational skills as the trail runs out, stopped here for a bit on our way to the wilderness area for an overnight camp.

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