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PETRIFIED FOREST NATIONAL PARK

93,500 acres. Located in northeast Arizona, this National Park is famous for its impressive display of petrified

Arizona Trail wood and other fossils, mostly bright reddish-brown in color. Included is part of the Painted Desert, with colored clay hills and badlands, buttes and mesas. Average elevation is about 5,400 feet.

The park has two designated wilderness areas, the 43,020-acre Painted Desert Wilderness and the 7,240-acre Rainbow Forest Wilderness. Vegetation consists of grasslands and desert flora. Deer, antelope, coyote, and bobcat are among the wildlife.

Activities: Backpacking and hiking are allowed throughout the park. There are hardly any developed trails, however, so most travel must be crosscountry. Horses are permitted. Hunting is forbidden.

Camping Regulations: A permit is required in order to camp in the backcountry, and may be

obtained from one of the two visitor centers. Camping is restricted to the two wilderness areas, which comprise much of the park. Pets are prohibited.

Campsites must be at least one-half mile from roads. Campfires are not allowed, so a stove must be brought if one wishes to cook. All water must be carried in, and there’s no shade. Spring and fall are the best times to visit and camp here.

For Further Information: Petrified Forest National Park, Petrified Forest National Park, AZ 86028; (602)524-6228.

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