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greenBlue Blue Mesa Trail

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0.8 mile 1.3 kilometer point to point
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 29' 9 m
Descent: -121' -37 m
High: 5,625' 1,715 m
Low: 5,505' 1,678 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 22% (12°)

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A breathtaking loop in the midst of the Painted Desert

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Family Friendly Children will love the beautiful vistas present along the trail.

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.

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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Jul 15, 2019
Peter Reddoch
Jul 13, 2019
Lamarr Stevens
May 23, 2019
Ty Dubya
May 20, 2019
Eric Meyr
May 7, 2019
Douglas Miller
beautiful trail.
Apr 19, 2019
Matt Orange
Hiked with milly. It was hot 1mi
Apr 19, 2019
Milly S
It was hottttt
Apr 14, 2019
Adamson Bryant
with Family 1mi

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  4.3 from 10 votes

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