Experience one of the world’s largest and most vibrantly colored assemblies of petrified wood, historic structures, and archaeological sites at Petrified Forest National Park. 200-million-year-old fossils tell the tale of the prehistoric earth and its inhabitants in Arizona’s Painted Desert.
The Wilderness Act of 1964 recognized wilderness as “an area where the earth and its community of life are untrammeled by man, where man himself is a visitor who does not remain”. The designation of the 50,260-acre Petrified Forest National Wilderness Area was signed into law on October 23, 1970. With that legislation lands within Craters of the Moon National Monument and Petrified Forest National Park became the first within the National Park System to be designated as wilderness.
Visitor’s Center Address: 1 Park Rd, Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona 86028
Coordinates: 35.0037° N, 109.7889° W