February 18, 2024 - reviewed by Beth
Level, Quiet But Limited Services
There are 2 campgrounds right as you exit the park on both sides of the road. One is free due to no water and no electric and is pretty much a dirt parking lot. We thought the RV area across the street looked a bit more civilized. We used electric hook up but they need to unlock that so get there before 6? No water due to frozen pipes she said. So no restrooms even in the gift shop. No trash cans anywhere. Sites pretty level with picnic table. Area to walk dog was good, m mostly gravel. Beware the goatheads. Was quiet and nicely dark at night. Would stay again. Make sure we had water tanks full.
February 5, 2024 - reviewed by Tom Torrice
Petrified Forrest Gift Shop
I am in the Petrified Forrest Gift Shop RV camping area. With 30amp electric. It's Feb 5th, 2024. I am the only one here. This is right at the gate of the south entrance of the park.
The spot is dirt, fairly level. Has a picnic table. This is a back in site, but there are some pull through sites as well. That is everything I need. You might say I am a happy camper.
March 31, 2023 - reviewed by Moe
Nice Free Overnight Spot
We stayed there one night. Besides a young man who appears to be living behind the shop, and who drove twice in the spot next to ours, nothing special. Very quiet, as my wife puts it «so quiet you can hear the stars twinkle».
May 14, 2021 - reviewed by Dawn
Great Price And Clean Campground
Level and clean spots. 15$ for electricity by the gift shop. Free across the street by the museum with no hook ups. Helpful staff. Nice dog walking areas. Pretty but flat desert views.
May 14, 2021 - reviewed by Laurie Corson
Clean And Free
We arrived after hours but had no trouble getting a site and setting up. The adjacent shop was still closed when the gates to the park opened in the morning. There are no rest rooms so only self-contained units are allowed. There are about 6 sites with covered tables, plus an open field for overflow. The location is great for early access to the park.
March 2, 2021 - reviewed by Russ
Can’t beat the price. Level gravel parking. Sheltered picnic tables. No water or electricity on site. Right at the South Gate of Petrified Forest.
November 3, 2019 - reviewed by Peggy
For $10 - Great Place To Stay
There is one other rv here, on the side with power. They don't take reservations so get here before 5 pm, when they close. Close to The Park.
September 18, 2019 - reviewed by Mark K
Can't Beat It
I mean really. Nice close in free camping. VZ 4G
Check in to make sure you're in the correct spot. They're only open until 4 pm. There are several pull-throughs that have picnic tables and power pedestal (but have no power). It's ok to park in those spots. The store owner/manager lives behind the store came out and told one rig to move who parked against a larger center island just beyond the pull-throughs as it blocks some access to the larger open lot in the back which seemed to be ok as she didn't bother that person. Five rigs in here last night. Everyone was nice and for the most part quiet. If you need to run a generator like the Winnebago Travato did maybe you could park away from everyone in the huge open lot. Super quiet at night (until the 6 am generator), good sleep.
If you want 30a the crusty lady across the street (Petrified Forest Museum Gift Shop) will let you park in her nicely graveled lot.
July 14, 2019 - reviewed by Curtster
Nice flat spots on either side of the road, free on one side and $10 for electric on the other. It was 95 degrees when we rolled up, so we picked the side with power. We were the only ones out here, but that’s ok.
Each side is fine. Funny how both stores have junk cars outside to make them look busy. Oh yeah, I’ve paid more for crappier spots than these.
June 26, 2019 - reviewed by William V
We stopped here for a night of dry camping on our way to Grand Canyon NP. Stopped in on a Tuesday evening and were one of two RVs in the lot. We stayed for FREE and had a nice slab with no amenities which is exactly what we were needing.
We were drawn to this location in search of dark sky to observe the greatness of our God’s creation. The sky was lighting up nicely before cloud cover hid the twinkling evening lights. Looks to be a great site for star gazers.
The campground was extremely quiet and dark which we enjoyed.
June 18, 2019 - reviewed by Jack
Across the street at Petrified Forest Gift Shop is where we stayed. $10 for an electric site with 30 amp. Nice level site and very quite. The folks at this gift shop were very nice and helpful.
April 18, 2018 - reviewed by Stacy
The people in the gift shop were very friendly and helpful. There is no electrical here, there are posts, but they are non working. There are picnic tables on slabs, some with shelters and lot is level. If you need electric hook ups, the Petrified Forest Gift Shop across the street has them.
March 6, 2018 - reviewed by Camper
Free, large parking lot right at entrance to Petrified Forest National Monument. Some particle board tipis around lot and some junker cars in front of trading post. Just dry camping.
May 7, 2017 - reviewed by SteveMc
Free level no hookup sites on South of road. Only ten bucks for electric on north side of road. Nice folks and quite area.
December 10, 2016 - reviewed by Short
Stayed there in 2014. It was an easy pull-off and sleep spot. Free petrified wood around the area. Got surprisingly quiet despite being right on the road.