Petrified Forest National Park

Petrified Forest National Park

Preservation

Bookstore

Petrified Forest National Park hosts three bookstores operated by the Petrified Forest Museum Association located in the Painted Desert Visitor Center, Painted Desert Inn, and Rainbow Forest Museum. A satellite bookstore is also operated in the Historic Navajo County Courthouse in downtown Holbrook, Arizona.

Petrified Forest Museum Association is the park's cooperating association - a non-profit organization providing funding, staff, and supplies through bookstore sales.

If you would like to become a member of the Petrified Forest Museum Association or would just like additional information, call (928) 524-6228 ext. 239.

SUPPORT YOUR PARK

The Petrified Forest Museum Association is the park's cooperating association, providing funding, staff, and supplies. This non-profit organization also manages three bookstores in the park, located in the Painted Desert Visitor Center, Painted Desert Inn, and Rainbow Forest Museum.

The park invites you to join the Petrified Forest team and become a volunteer! They have opportunities in interpretation, resource management, maintenance, and fee collection. Housing may be available.

Volunteer

Volunteer opportunities at Petrified Forest National Park are as diverse as the natural and cultural resources. This is the place to use skills you already have or to learn new ones.

Housing is available for volunteers but is limited, especially in the summer. A minimum workweek of 32 hours for volunteers and 40 hours for student interns, as well as a 2 month minimum commitment, is required to be eligible for park housing. Available housing includes:

  • 3-bedroom, 2-bath houses for 3 or more volunteers, student interns, and/or researchers;
  • 1-bedroom apartments, usually reserved for couples;
  • and a few trailer spaces with hookups.

Positions are in Interpretation, Resource Management, Administration, and Maintenance. See below for some of the duties within each division.

Interpretation

  • Visitor Center operations
  • presenting formal programs and making informal interpretive contacts throughout the park
  • behind-the-scenes work, including correspondence, word processing, creative writing, coordinating special events, web work, and photography

Resource Management

  • habitat restoration
  • flora and fauna documentation
  • boundary surveys
  • data entry
  • water and air quality monitoring
  • archeology and paleontology research projects
  • management and care of the park's museum collection objects

Administration

  • word processing  
  • correspondence
  • research for special projects

Maintenance

  • fence repair
  • trail maintenance
  • trash pickup and custodial duties
  • carpentry, plumbing, electrical, or painting jobs if you have certifications

To apply, or to find out more regarding the Petrified Forest National Park volunteer program, please contact the Park Volunteer Coordinator:

Phone: (928) 524-6228 ext 233

Cooperating Association

Petrified Forest Museum Association

  • Promoting interpretive and education programs
  • Promoting scientific research and resource understanding
  • Producing park specific publications and materials
  • Preparing the park for future generations

Become a member of this organization and receive the following membership benefits:

  • An initial 20% discount on anything purchased along with the membership
  • 15% discount at all Petrified Forest Museum Association bookstores
  • 10-20% discount at other museum association bookstores operated in national parks around the country
  • Free newsletter periodically distributed to members

Several annual membership categories are available, each with added benefits:

  • Individual - $25 - includes a select Petrified Forest Museum Association publication
  • Teacher - $10 - includes a select Petrified Forest Museum Association publication and 25% discount at all Petrified Forest Museum Association bookstores
  • Family - $35 - includes the video Timeless Impressions and a select Petrified Forest Museum Association publication
  • Supporting - $50 - includes the video Timeless Impressions and two select Petrified Forest Museum Association publications
  • Contributing - $100 - includes the video Timeless Impressions and three select Petrified Forest Museum Association publications
  • Lifetime - $1,000 (one time contribution) - includes all current Petrified Forest Museum Association publications and all new Petrified Forest Museum Association publications each year

To apply for your membership, call the Petrified Forest Museum Association at (928) 524-6228 ext. 239 or mail to:

Petrified Forest Museum Association
PO Box 2277
Petrified Forest, AZ 86028

Environmental Factors

The clarity of the high, dry air over the Painted Desert region is only interrupted by weather shifts and environmental factors. Wind plays a large role in shaping the terrain but does not often decrease visibility. With an annual rainfall of only 8-12 inches, moisture seldom interrupts the majestic vistas. 

Thunderstorms are most commmon during the monsoon season from July to September. Winters can bring cold temperatures and snow. Summers by contrast are often hot and dry, punctuated by occasional thunderstorms 

While automobile traffic and the passage of trains on the Santa Fe line can be heard from the road, the backcountry is still a refuge of profound silence. This relative isolation has also helped to preserve the night skies and the air quality within the park.