Expanding the Chinde Point Picnic Area to Include Visitor Camping Opportunity
The proposed action would create a small campground on the site of an old quarry, where the Chinde Point Picnic Area is now. As Petrified Forest expands and adds new lands under park management, it also creates new opportunities for visitors to experience the park in ways they have not been able to experience it before. The park has recently created day-hiking destinations accessible from the main park road. Guided tours are a permitted use of the expansion lands, pending the gathering of additional information on those lands and future planning efforts to determine how they will be managed. A small campground at Chinde Point will offer visitors who want more than the traditional drive-through experience an opportunity to stay overnight and immerse themselves a little longer in the park experience. Petrified Forest is a good place to see dark night skies, which is a part of the park experience now only available to wilderness campers.
Bradley S. Traver, Park Superintendent