Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona

trip report by site editor Rick McCharles

Northeastern Arizona.

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Named for its large deposits of petrified wood, the fee area of the park covers about 230 square miles (600 square kilometers), encompassing semi-desert shrub steppe as well as highly eroded and colorful badlands. …

The site, the northern part of which extends into the Painted Desert, was declared a national monument in 1906 and a national park in 1962. About 800,000 people visit the park each year and take part in activities including sightseeing, photography, hiking, and backpacking. …

The park’s seven maintained hiking trails, some paved, vary in length from less than 0.5 miles (0.8 km) to nearly 3 miles (4.8 km). …

Hikers and backpackers may also visit the park’s wilderness areas. Free permits are required for overnight stays …

I enjoyed the 1 mile hike at Blue Mesa. Reviews.

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Entry fee.

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