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Petrified Forest National Park Announces Fall Guided Hike Schedule | Navajo-Hopi Observer

PETRIFIED FOREST, Arizona – With fall around the corner bringing changing colors and cooler temperatures to the landscape, hiking season is here.

Come see the seasons change with a guided off-road adventure in Petrified Forest National Park.

Red Basin/Clam Beds September 30

Hike 8 ½ miles round trip through colorful geological features, some in recently acquired land. Prepare to hike approximately seven hours in off-trail conditions, an average elevation gain of approximately 600 feet, and a high level of exertion due to the length.

Onyx Bridge October 1

Hike 8 km round trip to Onyx Bridge, a spectacular example of eroded petrified wood from the Black Forest bed of the Chinle Formation. Be prepared to hike approximately five hours over rugged desert terrain, an average elevation gain of approximately 400 feet, and a moderate grade.

October 7

Hike 6 ½ to 7 miles round trip to observe the park’s three main science components: archaeology, paleontology, and biology. A scenic hike through the geology-rich region west of the Flattops. Be prepared to hike about five to six hours over rugged desert terrain, average elevation gain of about 400 feet, and a moderate hill.

Jasper Road October 8

Hike 3.5 miles round trip along a vintage 1930s platform among beautiful petrified logs. Be prepared to hike approximately two to three hours over rugged desert terrain, average elevation gain of approximately 150 feet, and an easy grade.

Martha’s Butte and Beyond October 14

Hike 8 km round trip over rolling terrain to discover abundant and ancient rock art. Be prepared to hike approximately five hours over rugged desert terrain, an average elevation gain of approximately 225 feet, and a moderate grade.

Petroglyph Canyon October 15

Hike 3.5 miles round trip to a former interpretive area featuring a walking trail built in the 1930s. The challenging trail provides access to a large number of petroglyphs. Be prepared to hike approximately three hours in off-trail conditions, including rock climbing conditions, an average elevation gain of approximately 200 feet, and an easy hike, except for the steep, uneven trail to the petroglyphs , which is difficult and optional.

Information provided by Petrified Forest National Park.