Petrified Forest National Park
Rainbow Forest Museum

Approximately 21 miles southeast of Holbrook, AZ on US 180.
(Just inside the South Entrance to the park)

The Petrified Forest National Park is a unique area filled with desert landscapes, archaeological, paleontologial, and cultural sites, and most of all, petrified wood. The south entrance to the park is the gateway to the Rainbow Forest Museum and the Big Trees and Long Logs viewing areas. These viewing areas contain some of the largest concentrations of petrified wood in the entire park. We recommend you spend some time wandering around the museum and viewing areas on your own.


The south entrance to the Petrified Forest National Park is located about 20 miles southeast of Holbrook on US 180.

  1. Travel south on Apache Avenue (AZ 77) 0.7 miles to the junction with US 180. You will cross railroad tracks and the Little Colorado River on the way.
  2. Turn east on US 180 and travel 17.5 miles to the south entrance to Petrified Forest National Park.
  3. Turn north on the park road and drive to the entrance station. In the fall, winter, and spring, the park opens at 8:00 AM. Drive 0.5 miles to the park's entrance station. There is fee to enter the park. You can find information about fees and passes here.
  4. Continue another 1.5 miles past the entrance station to the Rainbow Forest Museum. Event parking is located near the east end of the parking area.


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Directions from Holbrook to Rainbow Forest Museum