Petrified Forest Fast Facts

  • Petrified Forest National Park covers a total area of 218,553 acres
  • The number of people visiting Petrified Forest in 2017 was 627,757 *
  • Petrified Forest was made a national park on December 9, 1962
  • The lowest elevation found in Petrified Forest is 5,300 feet at Puerco River
  • The highest elevation found in Petrified Forest is 6,235 feet at Pilot Rock
  • The entrance fee for Petrified Forest is $20 per vehicle per week
  • Petrified Forest National Park lies in the Mountain time zone
  • We last visited Petrified Forest National Park in June 2016
* Complete annual visitation stats can be found at Petrified Forest Visitation Statistics

Random Facts About Petrified Forest

  • Petrified Forest National Park is the only national park that closes at night. There are no campgrounds in the park, and nowhere to stay the night. The gates are closed to try to prevent theft of the petrified wood the park protects.
  • The park protects one of the largest concentrations of petrified wood in the world. Other large areas can be found in North Dakota, Egypt and Argentina.
  • The petrified wood in the park has been dated to be between 210 and 218 million years old.
  • The area was first protected as Petrified Forest National Monument in 1906. The park was elevated to national park status in 1962.

Where is Petrified Forest National Park?

Petrified Forest National Park is located in the eastern part of the state of Arizona, with the major highway Interstate 40 passing through it. It is in a remote area, with the town of Holbrook being the nearest of any size. Further directions and maps can be found at Getting to Petrified Forest.

Painted Desert Entrance
(35.06269495460339, -109.78395742247812)
Rainbow Forest Entrance
(34.793864627831226, -109.89113849471323)

More About Petrified Forest

We have pages on all sorts of things about Petrified Forest National Park. Choose from the menu above the map, or from right here. We have sections on Weather, Getting to the Park, Lodging, and a page to buy Books. You could also check out the park’s Photo Gallery.