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1 Park Road
PO Box 2217
Petrified Forest, AZ 86028
About 20 miles east of Holbrook along I-40 in Northeastern Arizona
National Park


With one of the world's largest and most colorful concentrations of petrified wood, multi-hued badlands of the Painted Desert, historic structures, archeological sites, and displays of 225 million year old fossils, this is a surprising land of scenic wonders and fascinating science.


Open year round except Christmas, December 25.

Park hours are currently 7:00 am to 6:00 pm Mountain Standard Time (MST) through May 12, 2007.
Painted Desert Visitor Center and Rainbow Forest Museum are also open 7:00 am to 6:00 pm, with hours changing to match those posted below.
Painted Desert Inn National Historic Landmark (a museum and bookstore) is open 9:00 am to 5:00 pm year-round.

Basic Directions

Driving from Phoenix you have several choices:
1) travel Interstates 17 North and 40 East, passing through Flagstaff (259 miles), or
2) travel Highways 87 North to Payson, 260 East to Heber, 377 North to Holbrook, and 180 South to the park (215 miles).

Driving from Albuquerque
Travel 204 miles west on Interstate 40 to Exit 311.

Westbound Interstate 40 travelers
should take Exit 311, drive the 28 miles through the park and connect with Highway 180 at the south end. Travel 19 miles on Highway 180 North to return to Interstate 40 via Holbrook.

Eastbound Interstate 40 travelers
should take Exit 285 into Holbrook then travel 19 miles on Highway 180 South to the park's south entrance. Drive the 28 miles north through the park to return to Interstate.

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