Petrified Forest National Park is located in northeastern Arizona and derives its name from enormous deposits of petrified wood. The park is nearly 150 square miles in size and has highly eroded badlands.
Petrified Forest is a Science Park!
That’s the term for areas of dry terrain that have been largely eroded, making them extremely difficult to travel through on foot. Their colors are often incredible to view from a distance.
Our Beautiful Visiting Places
There are many fossils in the park, many of which were deposited about 225 million years ago. The Chinle Formation is part of the Painted Desert, and includes sediments from fossil logs. Aside from petrified forests and wood, there have been many fossils found of ferns, cycads, ginkgoes and more. There have also been large amphibians and dinosaurs found. As a result, the park is a popular location for paleontologists to study fossils. The park also was home to a portion of the historic U.S. Route 66. There’s an exhibit commemorating the famous road.
The area didn’t become a national park until 1962, but it was recognized with a national monument in 1906. Wilderness areas were officially recognized in the park in 1964, limiting human activity.
The park is also home to a number of interesting animals, such as coyotes, bobcats, foxes and prairie dogs. It is also home to pronghorns, which are similar in appearance to the antelope. The pronghorn is the fastest land animal in North America and can run up to 60 miles per hour.