Staying Safe at Petrified Forest National Park

A unique national park located in Arizona, Petrified Forest National Park is home to a vast colorful forest of petrified wood. Brimming with ancient fossils and breathtaking landscape, Petrified Forest National Park draws visitors from around the country. Be sure to take the necessary safety precautions to ensure a safe visit! 


The greatest safety threat in Petrified Forest National Park is weather. Storms can occur rapidly and without warning, especially in the summer months, and lightning, flash floods, and high winds can be dangerous to park visitors. Be prepared with rain gear and if you see a storm rolling in, be sure to take shelter and avoid wide open spaces and tall trees. From October to April, the park can experience bitterly cold, windy temperatures and occasional snow. Make sure to dress in layers and bring plenty of warm clothing if you plan to visit during those months. 

The weather at the park can get very hot and dehydration is a serious concern. Make sure to bring plenty of water, more than you think you’ll need, and bring sunglasses, sunscreen, and a hat. 


You will likely encounter your share of wildlife at Petrified Forest National Park. It is important never to touch, feed, or approach wildlife, both for their safety and yours. Animals like rodents, mule deer, bobcats, coyotes, and more call this park home, so always make sure to keep a safe distance and properly store your food and scented items to avoid attracting them.

Other Concerns 

Avoid cliff edges and steep slopes at all costs when in the park, as these areas can be unstable and cause accidents.

Be wary of your altitude and take time to let your body properly acclimate if necessary. Remember to keep hydrated and bring altitude sickness medication with you just in case.

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