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Distance

2.5 miles

Trail Type

Out & Back

Trail Difficulty

Easy

Δ Elevation (FT)

Minimal

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Jasper Forest Trail

Arizona | Petrified Forest

  • Pedestal Logs can be observed while hiking through the Jasper Forest area of Petrified Forest N.P.
  • Jasper Forest Trail in Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona.

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Notes

Jasper Forest in Petrified Forest National Park is a scenic and historic hike that is off the beaten path for most visitors. The park's website says this trail takes hikers "along the old 1930’s road into Jasper Forest is a nice stroll through an incredible garden of petrified wood. This area was originally called First Forest because it was the first collection of petrified wood travelers encountered when they came by wagon from the Adamana train station one hundred years ago. The road within Jasper Forest was added later for car traffic. The road is mostly eroded away now but if you look carefully for the old gravel you can still follow it in most places. Please respect the visitors who follow you and leave all petrified wood, fossils, artifacts, and natural objects in their places. Jasper Forest is one of the largest deposits of petrified wood in the park. These petrified log segments were originally encased in the sandstone bluffs above the road, but thousands of years of erosion have sent them tumbling down into the valley. You can still see many of the original stone culverts lining the old roadbed where it crosses a wash." Dogs are allowed on trails in Petrified Forest, so long as they are leashed. There is camping available in Petrified Forest National Park.

History

"This gravel road you are following was constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corp in the mid-1930s. The road was closed in November of 1965 and replaced by the upper road to the present parking lot and overlook" ~NPS

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Contact: Petrified Forest National Park 1 Park Road P.O. Box 2217 Petrified Forest, AZ 86028

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