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Experience Arizona Camping Among Beautiful Fossils in the Petrified Forest National Park



The Petrified Forest National Park has one of the largest collections of petrified wood in the world, an amazing display of 200 million year old fossils, natural grasslands, and is surrounded by the beauty of the Painted Desert. With many archeological dig sites, historic structures, and unique scenic sights, the Petrified Forest National Park is an excellent Arizona camping destination.

To find a Woodall’s approved campground near the park, visit these Arizona campgrounds.

The weather in the Petrified Forest National Park varies considerably. Summers tend to be very hot and thunderstorms from July through September are common. Spring and Fall can be either hot or cold. Since the park is at 5000 elevation, winters are cold and snow is common. It is best to be prepared for all kinds of weather. The park charges a $10 fee for a seven day pass; an annual park pass is $20. An annual pass that works for most national parks is $80. The park is open year round, except for Christmas Day.

The park can be seen in about an hour via car. There are excellent scenic stops and plenty to see. For those that enjoy more outside activities, there are many great trails and hikes throughout the park. For the more adventurous hikers, you can go on trail-less hikes through the Wilderness Area. It is important to stay on the trail when hiking on designated trails to protect both yourself and the natural ecology of the park. Horseback riding is also available, which can take anywhere between a few hours to a few days. It is a rewarding and exciting way to see the park. Cultural demonstrations of local cultures and histories are presented every Saturday after Memorial Day through Labor Day weekend. Cultural demonstrations range from Navajo jewelry makers, beadwork, and weaving to Zuni dances, silversmiths, and more. The Petrified Forest National Park makes for a great Arizona camping spot.

To locate a Woodall’s approved camp site, visit these Arizona campgrounds.

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