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COVID-19 STATUS: KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

PARK PHASED REOPENING

Face Masks or Coverings Required in Certain Areas Social Distancing Required Visitors Centers, Stores and/or Other Facilities Closed
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COVID-19 STATUS: KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

PARK PHASED REOPENING

If you believe this information is incorrect or needs updating, please let us know here.
So what does "Park Phased Reopening" mean?

According to the U.S. National Park Service, Petrified Forest National Park is currently working on reopening. This can mean that certain areas are closed. It can include trails, campgrounds, facilities, visitor centers, etc. Visit the source link below for more detailed information regarding this park's status.

What we know:

The below source link has more information about the status of the park. This park has no overnight campgrounds. The National Park Service requires everyone at this park, regardless of vaccination status, to continue to wear masks indoors and in crowded outdoor spaces, such as narrow/busy trails, overlooks, visitor center patios, & other congested areas.

Face Masks or Coverings Required in Certain Areas

Petrified Forest National Park is currently requiring masks or face coverings in certain or all areas. Depending on your vaccination status, if you are not fully vaccinated (meaning two weeks after your final vaccination), and according to CDC guidelines, which currently depends on the COVID-19 transmissibility rate in the community in and around the park. Most parks requiring masks indoors have put an alert out (found below in the Alerts section). Please refer to the U.S. National Park Service, the state of Arizona and the local community for more detailed information.

Social Distancing Required

Petrified Forest National Park is currently requiring everyone to social distance, 6 feet or more, from others. This usually means outside of your immediate group. Some parks may also have size restrictions on gatherings to help assist in social distancing. Please refer to the U.S. National Park Service, the state of Arizona and the local community for more detailed information.

Visitors Centers, Stores and/or Other Facilities Closed

Petrified Forest National Park currently has visitors centers, stores, or other facilities closed due to Covid-19. It is highly suggested that you bring all the supplies you may need in case a store is closed or shopping is limited due to local communities or the park. Please refer to the U.S. National Park Service, the state of Arizona and the local community for more detailed information.

Last Updated: August 24, 2021
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Petrified Forest National Park News

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  • National Park Service encourages visitors to Plan Like a Park Ranger this summer

    June 9, 2021 | 12:44 pm

    Just in time for Great Outdoors Month, the National Park Service unveiled a top-ten list of visitation tips encouraging members of the public to Plan Like a Park Ranger this summer.

    Read more at nps.gov


  • Petrified Forest National Park’s Museum Demonstration Lab Hours Extended.  

    January 20, 2021 | 8:53 am

    The Museum Demonstration labs is now available at the Painted Desert Visitor Center every Wednesday through Sunday.

    Read more at nps.gov


  • Beat the Pandemic Blues with a Visit to Petrified Forest National Park!

    December 31, 2020 | 8:45 am

    Learn more about a variety of park passes and Fee Free days in 2021 at Petrified Forest National Park.

    Read more at nps.gov


  • Petrified Forest National Park is open and so are the park’s retail operations

    December 17, 2020 | 11:16 am

    Current Park and Retail operations for winter of 2020.

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  • Petrified Forest National Park Curates New Species in the Museum Collection

    November 12, 2020 | 2:50 pm

    Over 4,000 fossils specimens have been added to the Museum Collection at Petrified Forest National Park, including three new specimens from the Late Triassic.

    Read more at nps.gov


  • Fossil discovery from Petrified Forest National Park reveals new species of ancient mammal relative

    November 4, 2020 | 10:07 am

    A research article published in the journal Biology Letters, a collaborative group of paleontologists from Virginia Tech, the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, University of Washington, and Petrified Forest National Park describe a new cynodont (early mammal relative) species named Kataigidodon venetus.

    Read more at nps.gov


  • New Fossil Discovered at Petrified Forest National Park

    October 14, 2020 | 3:54 pm

    New fossils discovered at Petrified Forest National Park reveal a new species of a 220 million-year-old burrowing reptile known as a drepanosaur. This new species, named Skybalonyx skapter by a collaborative team of researchers from Petrified Forest National Park, Virginia Tech, University of Washington, Arizona State University, Idaho State University, and the Virginia Museum of Natural History, was announced on October 8th in a study published in the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology.

    Read more at nps.gov


  • Petrified Forest National Park Historic Photography Book Now Available!

    September 28, 2020 | 8:11 am

    Discover the history and evolution of Petrified Forest through the eye of the camera. The book is beautiful and full of intriguing stories, provoking the reader to find their own connection with Petrified Forest National Park.

    Read more at nps.gov


  • Talk with a Paleontologist at Petrified Forest National Park!

    September 23, 2020 | 11:22 am

    Petrified Forest National Park is excited to announce that park visitors can, once again, have the unique experience of talking with a park paleontologist while they work on fossils in the demonstration fossil laboratory.

    Read more at nps.gov


  • Virginia Tech team funded to explore Triassic fossil communities at Petrified Forest

    September 11, 2020 | 11:13 am

    A NSF CAREER awarded $622,222 five-year project will fund Virginia Tech graduate student research, bring undergraduates to PEFO for fieldwork and training, and provide four week-long field courses for K-12 teachers from Arizona, New Mexico, and local tribal communities that integrate laboratory research with outreach and teaching opportunities.

    Read more at nps.gov