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Crystal Forest Trail

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 3.9 (15) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

Easy access from the road with paved trails amongst beautiful crystal-like petrified wood.


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0.9

Miles

1.4

KM

Loop

5,563' 1,696 m

High

5,531' 1,686 m

Low

38' 12 m

Up

38' 12 m

Down

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

6%

Max Grade (3°)

Dogs Leashed

Family Friendly An easy, rolling paved trail with crystalized wood logs located very close to the parking lot.

Please leave the petrified wood for others to enjoy. Report any removal of petrified wood or other materials to park staff.

Overview

Named for the presence of the beautiful crystals that can be found in the petrified logs, this trail offers one of the best opportunities to experience the petrified wood deposits.

Description

The trail starts at the parking lot and heads to a fork where visitors may choose which direction they'd like to go, although going right will provide you with a quicker encounter with the crystalized wood. The rolling trail takes visitors up close to the petrified wood of varying sizes and is perfect for all abilities.

The best times to visit would be early morning or late afternoon as the sun provides photographers with excellent shots of the wood as well as beautiful shots of the surrounding landscape. Also, these times of day provide milder temperatures making the trip much more enjoyable.

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  3.9 from 15 votes

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  3.9 from 15 votes
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Crystal Forest in the sunset
Sep 9, 2015 near Holbrook, AZ
Log.
Jan 15, 2016 near Holbrook, AZ
Logs.
Jan 15, 2016 near Holbrook, AZ
Petrified National Forest, little guy catching the rays.
Aug 19, 2016 near Holbrook, AZ
There are many colorful petrified specimens on this trail. The detailed features of the bark and grains in the wood are preserved exceptionally well.
Jan 31, 2021 near Holbrook, AZ
Logs.
Jan 15, 2016 near Holbrook, AZ

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May 27, 2022
alex carlton
1h 45m
May 23, 2022
Effe DiPo
Apr 14, 2022
Randy H
Jan 16, 2022
Victoria Castrillo
Dec 30, 2021
Kristy Walker
12h 15m
Nov 19, 2021
Kristy Van
great trail. do this one instead of visitor center trails
Oct 6, 2021
Becky Kersey
Jul 10, 2021
Eden Bach
0.9mi — 12h 30m