Travel Information, Tours and Lodging
Driving Distance from Petrified Forest, AZ to Grand Canyon
- Petrified Forest to Grand Canyon North Rim is 310 miles, a 5 hour drive.
- Petrified Forest to Grand Canyon East Rim is 226 miles, a 3 hour 25-minute drive.
- Petrified Forest to Grand Canyon South Rim is 203 miles, a 3 hour drive.
- Petrified Forest to Grand Canyon West Rim is 332 miles, a 5 drive.
Grand Canyon Tours from Petrified Forest National Park
There is a lot more to do at Petrified Forest than just look at petrified wood. Petrified Forest National Park offers maintained trails, as well as backcounty hiking for people who want to stretch their legs. There is also a large array of archeological sites including pictograph panels, prehistoric and historic ruins. Visitors can also enjoy horseback rides; guided ranger talks and cultural demonstrations. Check out our list of recommended attractions near Petrified Forest to add to your trip.
Best Hotels near Petrified Forest, AZ
There are no hotels located in Petrified Forest National Park. The closest accommodations are in Holbrook, Winslow and Flagstaff Arizona, or Gallup if you're coming from or headed to New Mexico. You can see some popular nearby lodging here. Backcountry Camping is available in the Park, but the closest RV sites are in Holbrook. There are also several State Parks, and primitive campsites nearby.
Area Car Rental Options
Petrified Forest Car Rentals: No car rental agencies are available at Petrified Forest. There are car rentals available in Flagstaff, Phoenix, Albuquerque and other nearby cities.
Petrified Forest Shuttles: There are no shuttles to Petrified Forest.
Closest Airports to Petrified Forest
The majority of visitors traveling to Petrified Forest fly into Phoenix or Albuquerque, which are the closest international airports. Flagstaff, AZ is less than a 2-hour drive and also has a small airport with daily flights, although the cost is typically quite a bit higher than Phoenix or Albuquerque.
Best Restaurants and Dining Options
If you need something to eat at Petrified Forest there is a restaurant next to the Painted Desert Visitor Center, as well as a convenience store for snacks. Holbrook is the closest towns with more options for food and drink.
Weather and Climate
Petrified Forest is a desert environment with only 9-10 inches of rain a year. Summer temperatures are hot and dusty with highs reaching the mid 90’s, but monsoon rains make dramatic sky's in this desert landscape. Spring and fall bring the best weather on the Colorado Plateau and Petrified Forest is no exception. Warm days and cool nights, are especially nice for people who want to get out and hike. Winter temperatures may be cool, but days are usually sunny and you can have the whole park to yourself.