Sedona may have many beautiful rock formations and landscapes around the town, but there are plenty of places to explore in the surrounding areas. The breathtaking scenery at Petrified Forest National Park is just one of the many reasons to hike through this incredible outdoor area in Northeastern Arizona. Lace up those hiking boots and get ready to hit the trail!
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How to Get to Petrified Forest National Park
Petrified Forest National Park is one of the best day trips from Sedona. The drive takes about two hours and 20 minutes one way. The best route takes you north through Flagstaff before hopping on Interstate 40 all the way to the park. Once you arrive, you and your family can explore stunning landscapes and unique, colorful petrified wood.
The Best Ways to See and Explore Petrified Forest National Park
Hiking is one of the best ways to experience Petrified Forest National Park. There are seven trails weaving and winding through the unique rock formations in the middle of the desert. Whether you just want to gaze at petrified wood along the .6-mile Giant Logs loop or soak in the magnificent dome-shaped rock formations along the one-mile Blue Mesa loop, exploring these incredible landscapes is a fantastic way to spend a day in the Grand Canyon State.
If you’re adventurous and want to go beyond the trail, there are nine breathtaking places to experience off the beaten path. These fun and exciting routes take you through the Devil’s Playground and the Red Basin Clam Beds, where breathtaking hoodoos, vibrant badlands, and petroglyphs await you. We recommend checking out at least one of these during your visit.
The rangers at Petrified Forest National Park offer a handful of fascinating guided tours around this scenic swath of desert. You can find a list of their ongoing activities on their website in addition to geocaching, the Junior Ranger Program, and the Junior Paleontologist Program. They also frequently post updates about upcoming special events on their Facebook page.
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