Painted Desert Rim Trail
ElevationAscent: 18' 5 m
Descent: -30' -9 m
High: 5,841' 1,780 m
Low: 5,822' 1,774 m
GradeAvg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 6% (3°)
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“Stunning views are abundant along this short, natural surface trail.”— Hunter R
Family Friendly Children will love to view the beautifully colored hills on display along the way, and navigation is unchallenging.
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.
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Land Manager: National Park Service - Petrified Forest National Park