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  • Address: Arizona, USA
  • Hours: Yearround
  • Admission: $10 per vehicle or $5 per person for a seven day pass

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Petrified Forest National Park Tours

Petrified Forest National Park is one of the treasures of the US Park Service, featuring more than 230 square miles (59,570 hectares) of colorful desert landscape that covers parts of Navajo and Apache counties and features significant deposits of petrified wood from the late Triassic period. The Painted Desert, an area of desert badlands featuring varied shades of sedimentary rock, covers the northern part of the national park. Highlights include Newspaper Rock, covered with ancient petroglyphs, and the Blue Mesa Road Loop.

The Basics
Hikers, photographers, and nature lovers will want to spend as much time as possible among the Petrified Forest's natural wonders in areas such as the Crystal Forest, the Black Forest, and the Rainbow Forest. The Painted Desert, a national historic landmark, also offers a multitude of trails for visitors to explore the striated mounds of sedimentary rock. Many travelers opt to combine guided tours with visits to other attractions in Arizona, such as the Grand Canyon or Monument Valley.
  • Bring layered clothing, as the desert temperature fluctuates wildly throughout the day.
  • The Painted Desert Visitor Center and the Rainbow Forest Museum are good places to start for an orientation to the area.
  • Seven maintained hiking trails allow pets on leash, but no bicycles (check out the off-the-beaten-path Jasper Forest hike).
  • No overnight accommodations are available in the park, but nearby Holbrook has several options.

How to Get There
The park is located about two hours east of Flagstaff. Visitors can reach the park via I-40 by car, motorcycle, or organized tour. Both visitor centers have ample parking and turnouts for large recreational vehicles.

When to Get There
Temperatures top out in the 90°s Fahrenheit in the summer days but drop to the 40°s Fahrenheit at night; spring and fall are more popular times to visit. The park is open every day except Christmas, as are the Painted Desert Visitor Center, the Rainbow Forest Museum, and the Painted Desert Inn.

The More You Know
A variety of educational programs, led by the park rangers, are offered throughout the year. Activities include a Puerco Pueblo guided walk, a trek along the Giant Logs Trail, a lecture about the Triassic period at the Rainbow Forest Museum, and a Painted Desert Inn tour. Kids can complete a booklet to become a junior park ranger.

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Grand Canyon Sunset Tour from Flagstaff, Flagstaff, null
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Grand Canyon Sunset Tour from Flagstaff

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Come and see the amazing wonder of the world at sunset. Watch the colors and shadows change throughout the afternoon and then set the sky ablaze as the evening ...  Read more

Location: Flagstaff, Arizona
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

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Full Day: Grand Canyon Complete Tour from Flagstaff, Flagstaff, Day Trips
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Full Day: Grand Canyon Complete Tour from Flagstaff

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This is truly the most complete Grand Canyon day trip available anywhere! In addition to magnificent Grand Canyon overlooks, you’ll view lava flow fields from ...  Read more

Location: Flagstaff, Arizona
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

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Grand Canyon Deluxe Tour From Flagstaff, Flagstaff, Day Trips
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Grand Canyon Deluxe Tour From Flagstaff

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Explore Grand Canyon with an informative guide on this popular one day excursion. The tour includes a beautiful scenic drive and visit to the Navajo Indian ...  Read more

Location: Flagstaff, Arizona
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

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45-minute Helicopter Flight Over the Grand Canyon from Tusayan, Arizona, Grand Canyon National ... 
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45-minute Helicopter Flight Over the Grand Canyon from Tusayan, Arizona

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Your tour beings at the Grand Canyon airport in Tusayan, Arizona. Fly over the ponderosa pines of Kaibab National Forest on a 45-minute helicopter excursion ...  Read more

Location: Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona
Duration: 45 minutes (approx.)

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Monument Valley Tour from Flagstaff, Flagstaff, Helicopter Tours
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Monument Valley Tour from Flagstaff

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The iconic formations of Monument Valley have been featured in countless movies including John Wayne films, Back to the Future and Forrest Gump. This one day ...  Read more

Location: Flagstaff, Arizona
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

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Grand Canyon Helicopter and Ground Tour From Phoenix, Phoenix, Day Trips
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Grand Canyon Helicopter and Ground Tour From Phoenix

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Your guided tour will take you through the Red Rocks of Sedona and on a scenic drive up Oak Creek Canyon before arriving at the Grand Canyon National Park for ...  Read more

Location: Phoenix, Arizona
Duration: 13 hours (approx.)

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Grand Canyon Landmarks Tour by Airplane, Grand Canyon National Park, Day Trips
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Grand Canyon Landmarks Tour by Airplane

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See some of the most striking scenery the Grand Canyon has to offer on this morning or afternoon fixed-wing airplane flight. Soar over the eastern part of the ...  Read more

Location: Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona
Duration: 40 minutes (approx.)

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Antelope Slot Canyon and Horseshoe Bend Day Tour from Flagstaff, Flagstaff, Air Tours
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Antelope Slot Canyon and Horseshoe Bend Day Tour from Flagstaff

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Come and see the water-carved slot canyon with sunlight and sky reflections rays spectacularly splashing the narrow sandstone walls with hues of orange, ...  Read more

Location: Flagstaff, Arizona
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $218.60
Grand Canyon East Rim Drive by Jeep and IMAX Movie, Grand Canyon National Park, Day Trips
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Grand Canyon East Rim Drive by Jeep and IMAX Movie

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Departing from the South Rim, this scenic Jeep tour takes you through Grand Canyon National Park along East Rim Drive to show you the Grand Canyon’s most ...  Read more

Location: Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

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Grand Canyon National Park Aerial Tour, Sedona, 4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours
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Grand Canyon National Park Aerial Tour

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From Sedona, take a 1.5-hour aerial tour to Grand Canyon National Park. Fly along the South Rim to Oak Creek and past the San Francisco Peaks to the Little ...  Read more

Location: Sedona, Arizona
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $286.35

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