Dec 302015

On Friday, Jan. 1, all 50 states will be participating in the fifth annual national event that encourages everyone to celebrate the New Year with a guided outdoor exploration. In honor of the National Park Service Centennial, and celebrating First Day Hikes in America, join avid hikers Gary and Connie Grube for a guided adventure through the backcountry of Petrified Forest National Park. The Grubes have logged hundreds of miles hiking and volunteering with the park. Join them as they share one of their favorite gems of the Petrified Forest.
The First Day Hike at Petrified Forest will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, and will be to Martha’s Butte and beyond. The four to five-mile hike is an easy to moderate one.
Meet for the hike at Dry Wash Bridge; park just south of milepost 22 on the main park road.
The hike is free, though regular park entrance fees apply. Dogs on a leash are welcome. Participants must wear appropriate footwear and carry water. Hats, sunblock, snacks and walking sticks are advised. Inclement weather or extreme mud will cancel the hike.
An RSVP would be appreciated. Contact Sarah Hervé by email at or by phone at (928) 524-6228, ext. 264.
If you are unable to attend, ask at the visitor center to take an Off the Beaten Path excursion on your own.