Petrified Forest National Park is located in northeastern Arizona about 10 miles outside of the city of Holbrook and about 40 miles west of the New Mexico border.
Petrified Forest boasts one of the largest and most colorful concentrations of petrified wood in the world.
President George W. Bush expanded the size of Petrified Forest National Park back on December 3, 2004. The authorization increases the park size from 93,533 acres to an enormous 218,533 acres.
This is an increase of 125,000 acres, more than doubling the size of the Petrified Forest Park and preserving forever this national treasure.
Visitors can drive the 28 miles of the Petrified Forest National Park, stopping and checking out some of the most interesting scenery you can imagine. Look around and you will see ancient petroglyphs in and amongst archeological sites, examples of beautyful petrified wood and vistas of the Painted Desert. If you want to explore backcountry secrets you can obtain a permit to hike or camp overnight in the park.
Weather in the park varies greatly even in the same season. Summer temperatures range from the high 90s in the day to the low 60s at night, a 35 to 40 degree difference. Winters get slightly colder with freezing teps at night and 40s during the day.
Visiting Petrified Forest and seeing the Painted Desert is truly an amazing experience. Seeing whole sections of trees that are made of solid rock and the colored bands of sand snaking through the desert is something you won't easily forget.
Plan your Petrified Forest vacation escape today. Here are some maps of the park and surrounding areas to help you get better acquainted with the Petrified Forest.