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Blue Mesa Trail

 7 votes

Length

0.8 Miles 1.3 Kilometers


Elevation

29' 9 m

Ascent

-121' -37 m

Descent

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

22%

Max Grade (12°)

5,625' 1,715 m

High

5,505' 1,678 m

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A breathtaking loop in the midst of the Painted Desert

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Overview

Beautiful hills of blue and purple bentonite clay command this striking landscape, adding a scenic backdrop to any outing on this smooth-treaded and gently graded hike.
Features: Views
Family Friendly: Children will love the beautiful vistas present along the trail.
Dogs: Leashed

Need to Know

Be sure to bring plenty of water and sunscreen along, as there is no shade on the route save for a sun shelter near the trailhead.

For those trying to photograph this area, the most spectacular colors are easiest to capture after rainfall, but regardless of the weather, the wonder and majesty of the park is ever present.

Description

Located within the Petrified Forest National Park past Newspaper Rock, the trailhead at Blue Mesa is marked by a sun shelter. The steepest section of this loop is at the trailhead, where you'll begin your descent into a lowland situated between the rolling badland-type hills of the painted desert. Follow the gravel trail around the loop before climbing moderately back to the parking area.

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May 14, 2018
Jean-Claude Linossi
Beautiful scenery 0.8mi — 0h 35m
Mar 26, 2018
Ginger Ingram
Mar 13, 2018
Marissa Stuart
Mar 13, 2018
Brian Slatas
Mar 12, 2018
Brian Slatas
Mar 10, 2018
Brittany Hilborn
Jan 28, 2018
Taylor Scifo
Absolutely gorgeous hike, if you want to see some true beauty definitely take this trail!
Dec 28, 2017
Mai Tran

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  4.1 from 7 votes

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