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Petrified Forest National Park, AZ

A unique adventure for your dog.

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    A unique adventure for your dog.

    Special Interest: CampingHiking

    The Petrified Forest National Park is definitely unique! The area features petrified wood with colorful bands that come from fallen trees that were carried downstream until they stopped at a log jam. Such “log jams” created what is now Crystal Forest and Jasper Forest where trees are estimated to be older than 218 million years.

    Take Route 66 and you’ll pass right on through the park. There are many areas in the park that you can visit with your dog. We think the best places to visit are the Painted Desert, Jasper Forest for an expansive view of the petrified forest, and Newspaper Rock to see petroglyphs. The Puerco Pueblo Trail is an interesting hike if you want to see historic remnants of a Puebloan village.

    Backcountry hiking is available, including Red Basin and Martha’s Butte Hike were you can see more petroglyphs. Permits for overnight trips and backcountry camping are available at Painted Desert Visitor Center or Rainbow Forest Museum.

    Dogs are allowed on trails. They are not allowed in buildings and must be on a 6 foot leash. Please do not let your dog gnaw on any fossil bones that may be in the area. There is an entrance fee for the park of $20 per car or $30 for an annual pass.

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    Location: Petrified Forest, AZ | Arizona
    Activities: Hiking, Camping, Backpacking, Sightseeing

    TAGS: Backpacking, Camping, Hiking, Petrified Forest, Petroglyphs

    Items Needed: Water, More Water, Poop Bags, First Aid Kit, Tick Removal Tool, 6 Foot Non-Retractable Leash or Hands-Free Leash, Paw Protection (Boots or Wax), Cooling or Reflective Gear On Your Dog, Other Appropriate Gear & Food, Map, Compass, Trekking Poles, Extra Food & Survival Gear, GPS Device, Sunscreen, Hat

    Safety: If you are going backcountry hiking, trials are not marked well. It's a good idea to go with another buddy (human) in case of an emergency, or hire a guide. You will need to drink a lot of water and bring equpment to stay cool in warmer months. Bring proper attire if going in winter months. Please consult your vet before hiking with your dog. It may be best for puppies or dogs with joint problems to stay home. Remember to take small and steady water breaks to prevent bloat or water intoxication. And don't forget to check the paws!

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