Join Petrified Forest NP paleontologists and paleontologist Christa Sadler for an exploration of the paleontology and archeology of some of the newly acquired parklands. We will car-camp in a remote area of the park (one which does not receive tourist visitation), and from this base camp, we will prospect in the surrounding badlands for new fossil localities and excavate fossils at known localities. We will have a chance to learn prep work in the paleontological lab and have time to explore the region for petroglyphs, incredible scenery, and whatever else we discover.
Petrified Forest National Park is known as one of the best records of Late Triassic paleontology and geology in the world; important new finds are being made regularly here. But the thing that always amazes people more than any other feature at the park is the incredible petrified wood that literally lies scattered across the landscape.
Join us on this full-day adventure in the Petrified Forest’s Red Basin as we explore the park’s geology, paleontology, history, flora and fauna, and whatever other surprises we discover! The hike to Red Basin is an 8.5-mile loop hike, beginning at the base of Blue Mesa. This is a really special place, as it lies within the 2004 boundary expansion area of the park and is definitely off the beaten path.