Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona

Best known for globally significant Late Triassic fossils, the park attracts geologists, paleontologists, archeologists, historians, and biologists, just to name a few. The park is also haven for those searching for scenic vistas, wilderness, hiking, dark skies, and beautiful, vast landscapes. Discover your own passion at Petrified Forest!

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The Earliest Equatorial Frogs Reported from Triassic Rocks at Petrified Forest National Park

In a research article published today in Biology Letters, a collaborative group of paleontologists from Virginia Tech, the Florida Museum of Natural History, and Petrified Forest National Park, led by Dr. Michelle Stocker, announced new discoveries that represent the oldest fossil frogs in North America.

Fire Restriction Order Lifted at Petrified Forest National Park

Based on significant recent summer monsoon moisture, Superintendent Brad Traver has announced the lifting of Stage II Fire Restrictions at Petrified Forest National Park effective immediately.

Petrified Forest National Park Achieves International Dark Sky Park Status

The National Park Service and International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) are pleased to announce that Petrified Forest National Park has been officially designated as an International Dark Sky Park.

Celebrate Dinosaur Day Wednesday June 6 at Petrified Forest National Park

Help us celebrate the 33nd anniversary of Gertie’s flight by watching films, enjoying a variety of hands-on activities to include handling real fossils, hiking, and roving to understand and appreciate late Triassic era fossils found in the rock formations of Petrified Forest National Park.

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Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona

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On my way across Highway 40 to Oklahoma, I have passed by this park many times but never stopped. This trip I had shorter drives times and decided to stay here for a couple of hours before driving on to Albuquerque, N.M. Well, two hours wasn't enough time and I stayed for about 3 1/2 hours. I was having way too much fun looking at all these vistas and beautiful scenery.

There are a number of short hikes and side trips off of the main road that you can take on the 20 mile road that goes through the park. This is a view from the Blue Mesa Scenic Drive. It is a three mile loop that has many views like this one. If you look closely at this wash, you can see many petrified trees that are lying on the ground exposed now. I was in awe at how many petrified trees there were here. Of course, they don't allow you to take any of the artifacts from the park, but you can walk right up to them and explore them all you want. On one trail, the stumps are on the side of the trail for you to sit on and take a break.

If you ever get into this part of the world and have some extra time, this is an excellent side trip to take with the whole family. Keep on clicking and exploring!

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The Puerco Pueblo Indian ruins are in Petrified Forest National Park in Arizona.

At its largest size, around 1300, Puerco Pueblo may have been home to about 200 people. The one-story high village of hand-shaped sandstone blocks was built around a rectangular plaza.

Unable to adapt to the climate change of the late 1300s, the inhabitants of Puerco Pueblo systematically abandoned the pueblo in search of a more suitable area. It was all but empty by 1380.

We visited the ruins in August 1981.

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The Puerco Pueblo Indian ruins are in Petrified Forest National Park in Arizona.

At its largest size, around 1300, Puerco Pueblo may have been home to about 200 people. The one-story high village of hand-shaped sandstone blocks was built around a rectangular plaza.

Unable to adapt to the climate change of the late 1300s, the inhabitants of Puerco Pueblo systematically abandoned the pueblo in search of a more suitable area. It was all but empty by 1380.

The pueblo's kiva.

We visited the ruins in August 1981.

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The Tepees, Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona

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This Was Once A Swamp

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This Was Once A Swamp

Doesn't look like a swamp now, does it? Millions of years ago, the area was lush and wet and marshy and swampy and populated with trees and even a few ancient reptiles. Now, it's arid and hot (in the summer) and filled with colorful petrified reminders of another world.

During my road trip move from Texas to central Washington, I stoped for a day-and-a-half at Petrified Forest National Park, and ended up writing a photography article about it for the National Parks Traveler: www.nationalparkstraveler.org/2019/04/photography-nationa...

Copyright Rebecca L. Latson, all rights reserved.

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Petrified Forest Road, Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona

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Painted Desert badlands, Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona

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Petrified Wood in Badlands of Petrified Forest National Park. Arizona.

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