National Park Service: Petrified Forest National Park Guided Backcountry Hike – Devils Playground

Walk 4 miles roundtrip and experience historic expedition routes through the Painted Desert as you hike with Park archeologists to a 19th century mail stop.

Discover historic inscriptions along the mesa edges as you follow in the footsteps of some of the first Euro-Americans to traverse this region.  Be prepared to hike approximately 6 hours over rugged desert terrain and wash walking, average elevation gain about 100 feet, rated easy, hiking in washes which may be muddy. A high-clearance vehicle is necessary to access the meeting point.

Hikes are free with entrance fee.  Reservations required and limited to 10 participants per hike. Hikers should come prepared with adequate food, water, clothing, footwear, hat, and sunscreen. No pets or children under the age of 12 on hikes.  Inclement weather and extreme mud will cancel the hike.

To make a reservation or for more information call 928-524-6228 x276, leave a message if no answer.

  • Audience: Adult, Teen
  • Genre: Arts, Culture & Social Science, Field Sciences
  • Type: Field Trip/Outdoor Activity, Tour/Walk


Mar 25 2023


9:30 am - 3:30 pm


Free with Park Fee

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