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Crystal Forest Loop

Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona

based on 4 reviews



0.92 miles

Elevation Gain

49 ft

Route Type



Added by Jared Blitz

Crystal Forest Loop is a short trail surrounded by captivating petrified wood that has turned into stone and or crystallized.

There really isn't much to this hike beyond exploring all the different types of petrified wood deposits.  It's named after the wood that has formed in the petrified logs.  I felt like it was the best place to go in the park to have an opportunity to see a diverse array of petrified wood in one place.  

If you go in the summer just make sure you carry water because you're completely exposed.

I imagine the snow in the winter would provide an even better experience for photographers.

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Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
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Picnic Area
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Crystal Forest Loop Reviews

This is the one hike you have to do if only visiting the park for a short period of time.

This is a short hike that lets you see the giant pieces of petrified wood. Great for all skill levels

Short and sweet! Great examples of the petrified wood, lots of great photo opportunities.

This is a pretty small and flat trail that gives you the opportunity to check out all the insanely huge pieces of petrified wood in this park. If you are into rocks and gems and the desert, this is definitely for you - the petrification gives the wood an insanely glassy, otherworldly look and feel. If you aren’t big on rocks, you may want to pass - this is less of a hike and more of a geology lesson.

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