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1 miles

Trail Type

Out & Back

Trail Difficulty


Δ Elevation (FT)


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Painted Desert Rim Trail

Arizona | Petrified Forest

  • Painted Desert in Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona.

Activities & Features


Painted Desert Rim Trail in Petrified Forest National Park is an easy 1 mile out and back hike that give visitors a quick look at the park's spectacular scenery. And, unlike most National Park trails, dogs are allowed on trails in Petrified Forest, so long as they are leashed. The park's website says this hike starts at the "Tawa Point and Kachina Point Trailheads. This unpaved trail winds through the rim woodland, a place for chance encounters of many species of plants and animals and spectacular views of the Painted Desert. Please do not harm animals or plants in the park. Even though this trail does not have stairs, the waterbars and dirt-gravel surface may make this trail unsuitable for strollers or mobility vehicles." There is camping available in Petrified Forest National Park.

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

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