Petrified Forest National Park has reopened, along with Painted Desert Visitor Center and Rainbow Forest Museum. There are no limitations on access to most of the park attractions and established trails.
Unfortunately, the remainder of the Field Institute events have been canceled as we rework the guided hiking trips and workshops to implement necessary safety measures. Our hope is to be able to bring these workshops and more back next season in a way that protects participants and instructors.
- This event has passed.
Extended Day Hike: Petrified and Present-Day Landscapes
September 13, 2015
Instructor: Mike Campbell
There’s more to Petrified Forest than just petrified wood—although we’ll certainly see some on this challenging 6-mile (10 km) hike. There are also strange and colorful badlands, wide-open shortgrass prairies, and fossils from a wide variety of Triassic-era plant and animal species.
On this field trip, we’ll learn about the area’s fascinating natural history and see firsthand the fragile but beautiful environment protected here. Our cross-country hike begins with a trek across shortgrass prairie and then enters a bizarre but beautiful badlands.
In the badlands, we’ll get up close with petrified wood, explore fossilized beds of freshwater clams, and then loop around an unnamed mesa before hiking back through the grassland.
Length: All day session
Route: Off-trail hike to the Red Basin Clam Beds
Max group size: 5 (solo instructor) or 9 (with co-instructor)
- $119 – Non-Member
- $100 – Member
This is a challenging hike and should be undertaken only by those in strong physical condition with past hiking experience.