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Crystal Forest Trail

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 4.1 (11) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

Easy access from the road with paved trails amongst beautiful crystal-like petrified wood.


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0.9

Miles

1.4

KM

Loop

5,563' 1,696 m

High

5,531' 1,686 m

Low

38' 12 m

Up

38' 12 m

Down

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

6%

Max Grade (3°)

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Family Friendly An easy, rolling paved trail with crystalized wood logs located very close to the parking lot.

Please leave the petrified wood for others to enjoy. Report any removal of petrified wood or other materials to park staff.

Overview

Named for the presence of the beautiful crystals that can be found in the petrified logs, this trail offers one of the best opportunities to experience the petrified wood deposits.

Description

The trail starts at the parking lot and heads to a fork where visitors may choose which direction they'd like to go, although going right will provide you with a quicker encounter with the crystalized wood. The rolling trail takes visitors up close to the petrified wood of varying sizes and is perfect for all abilities.

The best times to visit would be early morning or late afternoon as the sun provides photographers with excellent shots of the wood as well as beautiful shots of the surrounding landscape. Also, these times of day provide milder temperatures making the trip much more enjoyable.

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  4.1 from 11 votes

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Crystal Forest in the sunset
Sep 9, 2015 near Holbrook, AZ
Log.
Jan 15, 2016 near Holbrook, AZ
Logs.
Jan 15, 2016 near Holbrook, AZ
Petrified National Forest, little guy catching the rays.
Aug 19, 2016 near Holbrook, AZ
Logs.
Jan 15, 2016 near Holbrook, AZ
A petrified wood close-up. The petrified wood can bee seen along the Crystal Forest Trail.
Dec 26, 2015 near Holbrook, AZ

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Sep 9, 2020
Ashlee Lacey
0.9mi
Jul 20, 2020
Connor White
One of many stunning stops in the Petrified Forest National Park 0.4mi — 4h 18m
Jul 3, 2020
David Ottney
Jun 11, 2020
Austin Stutts
Feb 26, 2020
Lee Sybert
0.8mi — 12h 27m
Dec 3, 2019
Tyler Shepard
Oct 14, 2019
Lanny N Donna Holbrook
Jul 31, 2019
Tamara Potter