Petrified Forest National Park


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Petrified Forest National Park,

93,533 acres (37,881 hectares), E Ariz.; est. as a national monument 1906, designated a national park 1962. A part of the Painted Desert, it contains the largest known display of petrified wood in the world. There are six separate "forests," with great logs of jasper and agate lying on the ground surrounded by the varied colors of endless fragments and small chips. Dating from the Triassic period, these "stone trees" were killed by natural processes, such as fire, insect attacks, and fungus (or rot). The trees were deeply buried in mud and sand that contained silica-rich volcanic ash. The logs became petrified as the mineral, carried into the wood by groundwater, replaced the wood cells. As the surrounding material was eroded away, the petrified trees were exposed on the surface. Prehistoric Native Americans lived among the stone trees; ruins of their dwellings and their petroglyphs (ancient rock art) remain. Although the first known report of the petrified forests was made by Lt. Lorenzo Sitgreaves, an army officer who explored the area in 1851, they were virtually unknown until the late 1870s. See National Parks and MonumentsNational Parks and Monuments

National Parks
Name Type1 Location Year authorized Size
acres (hectares)
Description
Acadia NP SE Maine 1919 48,419 (19,603) Mountain and coast scenery.
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Petrified Forest National Park

Address:PO Box 2217
Petrified Forest, AZ 86028

Phone:928-524-6228
Fax:928-524-3567
Web: www.nps.gov/pefo/
Size: 221,540 acres.
Established: Proclaimed as a national monument on December 8, 1906; established as a national park on December 9, 1962. Wilderness designated on October 23, 1970.
Location:Stretches between I-40 and US 180 in eastern Arizona. North entrance to the park is 26 miles east of Holbrook off I-40, and south entrance to the park is 19 miles east of Holbrook off US 180.
Facilities:Picnic area, rest rooms (é), restaurant/snacks, visitor center (é), museum/exhibit, self-guided tour/trail. Entrance fee required.
Activities:Hiking, bicycling, horseback riding, auto touring, ranger-guided tours.
Special Features:Park features one of the world's largest and most colorful concentrations of petrified wood. Also included are the multi-hued badlands of the Chinle Formation known as the Painted Desert, historic structures, archeological sites, and displays of 225 million-year-old fossils that feature some of the earliest known dinosaurs of North America.

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As Ranger Santucci sees it, kids who care about the Petrified Forest National Park and other places alive with prehistory are the best guarantee that our planet's past will always have a safe place in the future.
Gut-wrenching stories of predator-prey interactions, floods that carried giant trees into colossal log jams, and the humble beginnings of our modern world can be pried from the rocks at Petrified Forest National Park and the expansion areas.
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Participants on this tour visit Petrified Forest National Park, Arches National Park, Dinosaur National Monument, and other sites, learning about these rich prehistoric treasures from a paleontologist who leads the tour.
For the second year, HI-TEC Sports USA joined with NPCA on a "Posters for the Parks" campaign, which raised more than $60,000 for projects such as building a trail in Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona.
Grand Canyon, Saguaro and Petrified Forest national parks are all part of our national heritage and belong to all Americans, including future generations of Americans.
Three national monuments are nearby, and a little further away are the Grand Canyon and Petrified Forest national parks.
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Other Operations Xanterra Parks & Resorts' other operations include lodges, restaurants, gift shops, tours and activities in Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, Zion, Crater Lake, Rocky Mountain and Petrified Forest National Parks, Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Furnace Creek Resort in Death Valley National Park and five Ohio State Park Lodges, as well as the Geneva Marina in Ohio's Geneva State Park.
About Xanterra Parks & Resorts Xanterra Parks & Resorts' other operations include lodges, restaurants, gift shops, tours and activities in Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, Zion, Crater Lake, Rocky Mountain and Petrified Forest National Parks, Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Furnace Creek Resort in Death Valley National Park and five Ohio State Park Lodges as well as the Geneva Marina in Ohio's Geneva State Park.
Xanterra Parks & Resorts operates concessions in the following locations: Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, Zion, Crater Lake, Death Valley, Rocky Mountain and Petrified Forest National Parks, Mount Rushmore National Memorial and eight Ohio State Park Lodges as well as the Geneva Marina at Ohio's Geneva State Park.