Holbrook, Arizona: Petrified Forest National Park

A horrible curse is said to befall anyone who removes a piece of petrified wood from inside the Park. Lucky for you, there are gift shops just outside the Park, willing to sell you a chunk, a stump, or a whole log.

Address:
Petrified Forest Rd, Holbrook, AZ
Directions:
Drive east from Holbrook about 18 miles on US Hwy 180, then turn north onto Petrified Forest Rd. You can also get to the Park and Visitor Center directly from I-40 exit 311, but the good gift shops are at the southern, US Hwy 180 entry.
Phone:
928-524-6228
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Scenic view.

Petrified Forest National Park

Amazing national park -- all four of our kids loved it. Perfect length of time. Walked the trail, took pictures at lookouts.

[Angela Torres, 01/02/2022]

Petrified Forest.

Petrified Forest National Park

Park visitors can take a beautiful self-driving tour through the Painted Desert and the Petrified Forest.

[Todd, 05/16/2019]

Petrified wood log.

Petrified Forest National Park

The largest piece of petrified wood I have ever encountered is located in the Petrified Forest National Park. There's also a giant piece that looks like it has been cross-cut.

[Britt Marley, 12/27/2012]
Petrified Forest National Park

Amazing -- prepare to enjoy -- water, hood shoes.

[Attatude, 09/04/2011]
Petrified Forest National Park

They say there is more petrified wood outside the park than in it -- this certainly is true. We stopped to take a photo of the scenery outside the park and kicked a piece out of the ditch. Rangers confirmed that it was real petrified wood. DO NOT TAKE ROCKS FROM THE PARK.

Aside from a hefty fine, there also is a curse; you apparently are subject to all kinds of bad luck if you take a piece from the park. The park is something to see. If you are a dinosaur fan, stop in the visitors center to look at the fossils.

[Margaret Guyette, 05/04/2007]

Nearby Offbeat Places

Petrified Wood Museum: Pick Your OwnPetrified Wood Museum: Pick Your Own, Holbrook, AZ - 2 mi.
Stewart's Petrified WoodStewart's Petrified Wood, Holbrook, AZ - 14 mi.
Painted Desert Indian CenterPainted Desert Indian Center, Holbrook, AZ - 14 mi.
In the region:
World's Longest Map of Route 66, Holbrook, AZ - 17 mi.

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