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Wood turned to stone–it sounds like something out of a fairy tale! However, this fairy tale has come true in the unparalleled Petrified Forest!

Petrified Forest

Petrified Forest National Park

Though not technically, in New Mexico, the Petrified Forest National Park is a star of the southwest and an American national park in Navajo and Apache counties in northeastern Arizona. Named for its large deposits of petrified wood, the fee area of the park covers about 230 square miles, encompassing semi-desert shrub steppe as well as highly eroded and colorful badlands. The park’s headquarters is about 26 miles east of Holbrook along Interstate 40, which parallels the BNSF Railway’s Southern Transcon, the Puerco River, and historic U.S. Route 66, all crossing the park roughly east–west. The site, the northern part of which extends into the Painted Desert, was declared a national monument in 1906 and a national park in 1962. The park continues to be very popular and received 644,922 recreational visitors in 2018.

Petrified Forest Activities

This national park is full of activities to fit nearly every proclivity. Hiking, backpacking, bicycling, and horseback riding are some of the ways visitors can explore this incredible natural landscape. Another popular activity is geocaching. Geocaching is a real-world treasure hunt. There are millions of geocaches worldwide. Geocaches are found in parks, urban areas, forests, deserts, on top of mountains, underwater—pretty much anywhere you can imagine. There are probably a few near you right now!

Players locate hidden containers, called geocaches, using GPS-enabled devices and share their experiences. You can join and participate at either or download the The Geocaching® app onto your device. You can search geocaches by location, map, name, or code. Once you find the geocache, sign the log inside and hide the cache back where you found it and log your visit online. There are different kinds of caches in the park including virtual, traditional, and Earthcaches. Petrified Forest National Park has developed and placed geocaches in the park for the enjoyment of visitors. Please note that the placement of unauthorized caches on lands managed by the National Park Service and other agencies remains generally prohibited (i.e. don’t create your own).

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