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Petrified Forest National Park News

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  • New Triassic amphibian is the oldest (and funkiest) of its kind in the world

    January 25, 2023 | 10:19 am

    Paleontologists at Petrified Forest National Park and colleagues from Virginia Tech and the University of Washington named a new species of fossil amphibian from Petrified Forest, published today in the prestigious scientific journal Nature.

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  • Railroad Crossing Closure May Affect Travel to Petrified Forest National Park

    October 13, 2022 | 10:19 am

    Starting at 1:00pm on October 22nd, the railroad crossing on highway 77 in Holbrook will be closed for maintenance. The closure will last through October 25th.

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  • New Triassic reptile species named for former park Superintendent and wife at Petrified Forest National Park

    September 28, 2022 | 8:13 am

    The paleontology program at Petrified Forest National Park is excited to announce the publication of a new peer-reviewed scientific article that names a new Triassic reptile from the park.

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  • Petrified Forest National Park Welcomes Dogs, and Their Humans, to New Dog Park

    September 20, 2022 | 4:02 pm

    National Park Service and partner law enforcement agencies are investigating a shooting incident that occurred in the park this morning. While driving in a remote area of the park, a bullet from a gunshot struck an unmarked National Park Service vehicle carrying two employees. No one was injured in the shooting.

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  • Enjoy the Fall with a Backcountry Adventure at Petrified Forest National Park

    September 20, 2022 | 4:02 pm

    With fall around the corner brining changing colors and cooler temperatures to the landscape, the hiking season is here!!! Come see the seasons change with a guided adventure off the beaten path in Petrified Forest National Park.

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  • Park Service investigating shooting incident at Petrified Forest National Park

    September 20, 2022 | 12:00 am

    National Park Service and partner law enforcement agencies are investigating a shooting incident that occurred in the park this morning. While driving in a remote area of the park, two employees in an unmarked National Park Service vehicle was struck by a bullet. No one was injured in the shooting.  

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  • Petrified Forest National Park Welcomes Dogs, and Their Humans, to New Dog Park

    August 26, 2022 | 1:13 pm

    Celebrate International Dog Day at Petrified Forest National Park. Dogs and their humans can now enjoy some quality time together at the Petrified Fur-Rest Bark Park. The new dog park, located near the Painted Desert Visitor Center off Interstate 40, was built with the help of Petrified Forest maintenance staff, Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) participants and a local Girl Scout.

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  • Fire Restrictions Lifted at Petrified Forest National Park  

    June 29, 2022 | 10:13 am

    National Park Service Superintendent Jeannine McElveen has announced the recension of Stage II Fire Restrictions in Petrified Forest National Park effective immediately. Recent monsoonal rains have reduced the fire danger within the park. 

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  • Participate in a Backcountry Adventure at Petrified Forest National Park

    February 17, 2022 | 10:13 am

    Are you looking for some time away from your digital devices? Want to get outside this spring? Are you in need of some fresh air and sunshine? Join a ranger for a guided adventure off the beaten path in the backcountry of Petrified Forest National Park!

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  • Paleontologists and Museum Staff Get the Skull of Gumby the Phytosaur Ready for Display

    January 14, 2022 | 4:21 pm

    After years of study and preparation the skull of Gumby the Phytosaur will be on display in the Rainbow Forest Museum at Petrified Forest National Park.

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