It has long been verboten to rockhound inside the petrified forest.
Rightly so. Way back when, collectors and dealers destroyed many of
the logs, dynamiting them open indiscriminately in hopes of finding
logs with crystal vugs. Had the area not been put under protection,
there might not be much of it to see today.
You can get petrified wood aplenty, either at the many local
rockshops in Holbrook or by traveling south a bit on 77 from
Holbrook. Take the Woodruff turnoff from 77 drive 3-4 miles, and
just get out and start rockhounding. The limit per day is 25 lbs
per day, 250 lbs per year.
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