Explore the most popular trails near Petrified Forest National Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona Map
no shade
washed out
7 days ago

No signs/trail but it was easy and enjoyable. Did in March.

Follow the wash northwest and you will see the butte eventually.

Website says 1 mile but that’s one way.

Saw three petroglyphs pretty clearly.

10 days ago

Windier here than at Blue Mesa Trail, but I didn't care. Seeing the different kinds of petrified wood pieces was quite the sight. So many distinct colors and patterns. A casual 30 minute loop that I recommend.

Petroglyphs are amazing. Easy walk.

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.

Great short hike around the petrified logs.

6 months 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.

8 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.

10 months ago

Great hike .. we brought the dog , he wore his hiking booties and back pack to carry his water (I didn’t have this app until after this hike so I didn’t know dogs weren’t allowed ) took longer than expected because.. didn’t have this app . Ran into two other hikers that turned us on to “all hike “ ok back to the hike .. comfortable day 66 degrees / cloudy . So quite pleasurable hike .. enjoyed the wilderness .. and took lots of pics of the petroglyphs .. these were some of the best petroglyphs we’ve seen and I’m glad there wasn’t a marked trail so only serious hikers would go .. BTW, we went first of May 2018

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

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

Friday, March 23, 2018

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.


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!

Monday, February 19, 2018

Wonderful hike! So worth it, you must go around it to see the petroglyphs.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

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

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

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

Thursday, November 16, 2017

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

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.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Short, easy off trail hike recommended by the National Park Service. You will pick up Martha's Butte fairly quickly in the hike, so it is not difficult to find. Suggest that you go around Martha's Butte for more petroglyphs and views. Note: No shade.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Terrific unmaintained trail to a butte with sweet petroglyphs.

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.

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.

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.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

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

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.

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.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Great. The trees are bigger than grown men. Bring plenty of water very hot

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.

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.

6 days ago

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