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Main Trail/Meadow Trail
All the petrified exhibits are on the main trail. The trail is just under .5 of a mile. The meadow walk trail is also .5 of a mile round trip with views of the original site of the volcano that petrified the trees as well as an ash fall. If both trails are walked it will be just under 1 mile. We offer two ways to view the main trail. The first is taking one of our docent led 1.5 hour walk around the trail at 11:00 am, 1:00 or 3:00 pm . The second option is a self-guided walk on your own.
Main Trail/Meadow Walk
Seniors 62 & up $11.00
Juniors (12-17) $8.00
Child (6-11) $6.00
Under 6 Free
10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
November 1, 2014 - March 31, 2015
Spring and Fall
10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
April 1, 2014 - Memorial Day
Labor Day - October 31, 2014
10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Memorial Day through Labor Day
Petrified Forest Reviews
The petrified redwoods were impressive, I kept getting the feeling it was part of an elaborate practical joke of casting so many realistic trees in cement. Interesting bit of geo-history and a fun sho... more »
This is a great place to visit with family and friends! There are plenty of informational signs that give insight on the petrification process and the history of the forest. The trail isn’t very steep and is a pretty easy walk with plenty of shaded sitting areas along the way. It’s pretty short as well—prepare to spend around an hour if visiting. The gift shop has a lot of variety and has pieces of the forest itself for you to buy. The people working at the gift shop are absolutely wonderful and are always happy to answer questions.
Well organized place with exhibits of petrified tree trunks clearly identified. How petrification happened has been beautifully explained in a few locations. The trail itself is fantastic to walk around. One downside is we couldn't take our baby stroller along because of rough pathway.
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