Petrified Forest National Park Plan Your Visit

Operating Hours Seasons

Open year round except Christmas, December 25.

Park hours are currently 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Mountain Standard Time (MST).

Painted Desert Visitor Center and Rainbow Forest Museum are also open 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Painted Desert Inn National Historic Landmark (a museum and bookstore only) is open 9:00 am to 5:00 pm year-round.

Getting There

Plane

The nearest major airports are in Phoenix, Arizona and Albuquerque, New Mexico. From Phoenix, you have several choices. Travel Interstates 17 North and 40 East, passing through Flagstaff (259 miles) or travel Highway 87 North to Payson, Highway 260 East to Heber, Highway 377 North to Holbrook, and Highway 180 South to the park (215 miles). From Albuquerque, travel 204 miles west on Interstate 40 to Exit 311.

Car

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.

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