Petrified Forest National Park Self Guided Driving Tour

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Embark on a captivating journey through time with our Petrified Forest National Park Self-Guided Driving Tour! Explore the mesmerizing landscape of this unique park with our audio tour that brings the ancient wonders of petrified wood, fossils, and rock formations to life. Take in the stunning views from scenic overlooks and learn about the park's rich history and ecology. With the freedom to explore at your own pace, this tour is perfect for adventurers seeking a one-of-a-kind experience. Don't miss out on the opportunity to uncover the secrets of this extraordinary national park.

About this experience

  • Free Cancellation For a full refund cancel at least before the start of your booking
  • Admission Not Included
  • 6 hours
  • Suitable for 1-15 Participants
  • Private Tour
  • & Audio GuidedGuided Experience
  • Audio guided tour with fascinating stories and music
  • Explore ancient petrified wood and fossils
  • Scenic overlooks with breathtaking views
  • Freedom to explore at your own pace
  • No expiration date for tours
  • Tours never expire
  • Offline audio guided tour: hours of audio narration with stories, travel tips and music
  • Offline map (map and gps work completely offline - no wifi or data needed)
  • Take the tour when you want - download the tour and choose the day that works best for you
  • Tour highlights with activity and restaurant recommendations
  • Turn-by-turn directions using gps
  • Freedom to explore at your own pace - pick the stops you want, skip the ones you don’t
  • Audio narration that plays automatically as you drive
  • Meals and refreshment
  • Petrified forest national park fee $25 (good for seven days)
  • Parking fees
  • Entrance fees

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Embark on a journey through time and nature with the Petrified Forest National Park Self Guided Driving Tour. This unique experience will immerse you in the ancient wonder of the park, showcasing its stunning landscape and rich geological history.

What to expect?

With this self-guided audio tour, you can expect to marvel at the incredible petrified wood, ancient fossils, and vibrant rock formations that make up the park. Learn about the park's history, ecology, and the ancient cultures that once inhabited this area. Enjoy multiple stops at scenic overlooks for breathtaking views and photo opportunities.

Who is this for?

This tour is perfect for nature lovers, history enthusiasts, and anyone seeking a unique and educational outdoor experience. Whether you're a solo traveler, a couple, or a family, this tour offers something for everyone to enjoy and explore at their own pace.

Why book this?

Immerse yourself in the wonders of Petrified Forest National Park with this self-guided driving tour. Experience the convenience of turning your smartphone into a personal guide, providing you with hours of audio narration, offline maps, and recommendations for activities and restaurants. Enjoy the freedom to explore at your own pace and choose the stops that interest you the most.

Good to know

Before embarking on this tour, be sure to factor in the Petrified Forest National Park fee of $25, which is good for seven days. Additionally, remember to plan for any parking fees that may apply. With the freedom to start the tour whenever it suits you best, you can enjoy a hassle-free and flexible exploration of this unique national park.


Travelers who have experienced the Petrified Forest National Park Self Guided Driving Tour rave about the convenience and educational value of the audio tour. Visitors appreciate the detailed insights into the park's history and geology, as well as the stunning views from the scenic overlooks. Overall, guests have been highly satisfied with their experience and recommend this tour for anyone looking to discover the wonders of Petrified Forest National Park.

How long before the event do I need to book?

  • You can book at any time before the event

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Your Itinerary

Route 66 Gifts & Souvenir Shop

Get in the Route 66 mindset with these two old-fashioned gift shops with local handiwork, petrified wood souvenirs, and tacky dinosaur statues greeting customers out front. Painted Desert Indian Center specializes in crafts from local artists, while Stewart’s Petrified Wood Shop specializes in petrified wood products.

Painted Desert Visitor Center

Stop at the visitor center for a quick bathroom break! These flush toilets are the cleanest you'll find until the Rainbow Forest Museum on the other end of the park.

Admission Not Included

Tiponi Point

This overlook is your first glimpse of the Painted Desert coming in from the north, with the colorful hills below you and a vast horizon beyond facing the east. Any relevant entry fees/requirements: Tiponi Point is the first stop after the north entrance booth for Petrified Forest National Park.

Tawa Point

Stand nearly surrounded by the Painted Desert below from this overlook point. The easy Painted Desert Rim trail leaves from the overlook and takes you to the next overlook, Kachina Point. The hike is one mile round trip. If you hike the trail, expect to spend a total of about 30 minutes here.

Kachina Point

The expanse of the Painted Desert is plainly viewable from the overlook, easily accessible behind the Painted Desert Inn via a short path from the parking lot.

Chinde Point

This lookout faces the Painted Desert to the north for an expansive, unobstructed view. A semi-circle of covered picnic tables is the only picnic area outside of the visitor centers.

Pintado Point

From this overlook on a clear day, you can see over 100 miles away including the San Francisco Peaks by Flagstaff, AZ.

Nizhoni Point

These three overlooks are close to each other and offer another expansive view of the Painted Desert, though you may find the previous lookouts more colorful.

Puerco Pueblo

This is a small, vault toilet by the parking lot.

Newspaper Rock State Historic Monument

Generation after generation of Ancestral Puebloans left over 650 petroglyphs on these giant boulders. The petroglyphs are a little far away, visible from an overlook and a set of binoculars, but clearly visible without assistance.

The Tepees

These conical hills, banded with several shades of mudstones, are said to resemble Tepees. There are two pull-offs on the side of Petrified Forest Rd to park the car and get a good view--the North Pullout and the South Pullout, which is also the trailhead for the "Off the Beaten Path" Blue Forest Trail.

Blue Mesa

The Blue Mesa is one of the most beautiful parts of the park, with more opportunities to discover the strange, eroded badlands. Atop the Blue Mesa, the road splits and becomes a one-way loop. Stop at the first pull-offs for a glimpse of the badlands, and the first petrified wood deposit you see coming from the north.

Blue Mesa Trailhead

This 1-mile loop trail is a paved path through the Blue Mesa badlands. Though rated as easy, there is an initial descent from the parking lot (and ascent as you finish) that may be difficult for those with limited mobility. A true highlight of the park, though, as it immerses visitors in a totally alien landscape.

Agate Bridge

This 100-ft long petrified log sits on top of a small chasm, forming a bridge. When the park opened, visitors could stand on top of it! Today, the log is off-limits and supported by concrete, but this is a quick, easy stop for an impressively long piece of petrified wood.

Jasper Forest

An overlook sits over a desert plain with a dense petrified wood deposit below. Want a closer look? Another ‘off the beaten path’ trail leads from the right of the parking lot down to the deposit following a well-worn path to the wash. Then it’s just you and the petrified wood–a truly astonishing and bizarre landscape.

Crystal Forest Trail

This 0.75-mile hike makes a loop through one of the park's major petrified wood deposits. The paved trail and mostly flat topography make for an easy hike, and one accessible for those with wheelchairs or strollers.

Rainbow Forest Museum

If you only visit one visitor center in the national park, make it this one! In addition to the typical orientation video, gift shop, restrooms, and information desk, you'll find exhibits on the area's paleontology including fossils found in the park. Behind the building is the 0.4-mile Giant Logs trail, which passes some of the largest pieces of petrified wood in the park.

Petrified Forest Gift Shop

Just south of the park’s borders are two gift shops: Petrified Forest Gift Shop and Crystal Forest Museum and Gifts. These private stores focus on last minute petrified wood souvenirs that you put off within the park. They also feature Route 66-style dinosaur statues out front.



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