Petrified Forest National Park Facilities

The park is open year round except Christmas, December 25. Petrified Forest National Park is open at different hours during the year. Hour Changes (times are Mountain Standard year round-this area does not observe Daylight Savings): Park Road Hours: Aug 25-Sept 21 7am to 7pm Sept 22-Nov 2 7am-6pm Nov 3-Feb 22, 2014 8am-5pm Feb 23-Apr 5 7am-6:30pm Apr 6-May 3 7am-7pm May 4-May 31 7am-7:30pm June 1-July 26 7am-8pm July 27-Aug 23 7am-7:30pm Aug 24-Sept 20 7am-7pm Facilities Rainbow Forest Museum and the Painted Desert Visitor Center hours: Through Sept 7, 2013: 8am-6pm Starting Sept 8, 2013: 8am-5pm Painted Desert Inn is a National Historic Landmark with stunning views of the Painted Desert. 10 am-4 pm daily. The Painted Desert Rim Trail (0.5 mi/0.8 km one way) begins here. Two gift shops, a convenience store, a gas station, and restaurant are operated in the park by valued concessionaire Xanterra. Hours vary seasonally for these locations; call (928) 524-3756 for further information. Park and Visitor Center hours are subject to change. Note: Arizona does not observe Daylight Savings Time, remaining on Mountain Standard Time year-round. For example, in the summer months, during Daylight Savings Time, the time in Arizona and California is the same, with New Mexico and the Navajo Reservation one hour ahead.

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