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Blue Mesa Trail

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Length


0.8 Miles 1.3 Kilometers


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

Low

Shared By Hunter R

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A breathtaking loop in the midst of the Painted Desert

Hunter R

Dogs Leashed

Features Views

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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Check-Ins

Feb 2, 2019
Nick Preston
Best hike in the park 1mi
Dec 9, 2018
Jesse Taylor
Great trail!
Dec 6, 2018
Jodi K
Ready to hike! Rainy
Oct 24, 2018
Birgit Moeller
Oct 13, 2018
Pablo Martinez
Jul 21, 2018
Carolyn Yencharis
Gorgeous! Perhaps my favorite in PFNP. Mars like landscape inside a Dali painting. 0.8mi
Jul 14, 2018
Seth Chitwood
May 14, 2018
Jean-Claude Linossi
Beautiful scenery 0.8mi — 0h 35m

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  4.3 from 9 votes

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