Hikes National Parks/Monuments

Giant Logs Trail | Petrified Forest

(Last Updated On: April 28, 2019)

Petrified Forest National Park has a beautiful nature trail behind the south Visitor Center called Giant Logs Trail. This short walk runs less than half a mile, but there some up and down sections, including stairs, and wheels would be impossible.

This trail is short, but it is not wheel friendly.

Giant Logs Trail is a great introduction to the park. For an optional donation of $1, you can pick up a trail guide for this tiny loop. We recommend picking up a trail guide because we really enjoyed learning as we walked the trail. There are eleven numbered signs and each one teaches a little bit about the petrified wood in the park. It also helps with some Junior Ranger questions.

There is a large abundance of petrified wood on this hike.
We really liked using the trail guide as we walked through the Giant Logs.
We finished up some Junior Ranger pages along this trail.

Some of the highlights of the nature trail include trace fossils left by insects, knots that can be counted, and Old Faithful. Old Faithful is a massive log that has split into sections and to paraphrase the original park manager’s wife, “What Old Faithful is to Yellowstone this tree is to Petrified Forest National Park.”

This is the Old Faithful log.
It is huge!
Each petrified wood piece is so unique.

There are different ways to wander on this trail, so we were grateful for the guide to keep us on the correct path. We love seeing the different colors and sizes of petrified wood. There are so many interesting pieces in Petrified Forest.

The large pieces along this trail give the feel of an ancient forest.

We highly recommend the Giant Logs Nature Trail. It’s short, easy, and very informative. For other family friendly hikes, check out our Kid Hikes in Petrified Forest post.

Leave a Comment