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Painted Desert Rim Trail

Intermediate
 3.8 (5)

Stunning views are abundant along this short, natural surface trail.


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0.5

Miles

0.8

KM

Point to Point

5,841' 1,780 m

High

5,822' 1,774 m

Low

18' 5 m

Up

30' 9 m

Down

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

6%

Max Grade (3°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Views

Family Friendly Children will love to view the beautifully colored hills on display along the way, and navigation is unchallenging.

Closed Christmas Day.

Description

Travel along the Painted Desert Rim Trail for a transcendant experience through a landscape that seems to belong on another planet.

Starting at the Painted Desert Rim Parking Area near Tawa Point, head out on the short Tawa Point Trail to access this route. Follow the winding trail along relatively flat terrain. While the terrain underfoot is reasonably flat, the same cannot be said for what lies just off trail. Turn your gaze to the surrounding hills for breathtaking views of red, blue, and purple-tinted badlands.

Be sure to bring your camera along on the journey, as this trail presents numerous opportunities for stellar photography.

Upon reaching the trail's end, visitors can either return the way they came, or continue along the Kachina Point Overlook Trail for an extended journey.

Flora & Fauna

Not much in the way of flora and fauna, some grasses and desert wildflowers.

Contacts

Shared By:

Hunter R with improvements by Jean-Claude Linossi

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  3.8 from 5 votes

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View of the Painted Desert
May 14, 2018 near Holbrook, AZ
View of the Painted Desert
May 14, 2018 near Holbrook, AZ

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Dec 3, 2019
Tyler Shepard
Sep 8, 2019
Marcey Abrons
Apr 25, 2019
Eugene Regruto
antelope canyon too
Feb 2, 2019
Nick Preston
Good views from above 1mi
Jul 14, 2018
Seth Chitwood
Mar 26, 2018
Ginger Ingram
Mar 13, 2018
Marissa Stuart
Jan 3, 2018
Shawn Benner
Part of a multi-day trip to National Parks and Monuments in Arizona