Mar 022012

Petrified Forest National Park is now operating on its spring schedule, which means the park is open longer hours. The park, the Painted Desert Visitor Center and the Rainbow Forest Museum are now open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. (MST). The Painted Desert Inn National Historic Landmark is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Spring hours will continue through May 5.

In addition, the first two miles of the park road from the north entrance will remain open until 7 p.m. daily for those interested in watching the sun set over the Painted Desert. It’s a great experience from Kachina Point.

Ranger-guided tours are available daily. In addition, rangers and volunteers rove the trails to help you explore and to answer your questions.

For more information, call the park at (928) 524-6228 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. or go online to