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Blue Mesa Trail

Easy/Intermediate
 4.4 (19) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A breathtaking loop in the midst of the Painted Desert


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Map Key

0.8

Miles

1.3

KM

95%

Runnable

5,625' 1,715 m

High

5,505' 1,678 m

Low

29' 9 m

Up

121' 37 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

22%

Max Grade (12°)

Dogs Leashed

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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 run.

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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Trail Ratings

  4.4 from 19 votes

#706

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  4.4 from 19 votes
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Photos

Marlena walking on Blue Mesa Trail loop
Apr 3, 2020 near Holbrook, AZ
Trail without ramp
Apr 3, 2020 near Holbrook, AZ
Blue Mesa View- Petrified Forest National Park
Apr 3, 2020 near Holbrook, AZ
Shattered trees.
Jun 20, 2016 near Holbrook, AZ
View of rock formations
May 14, 2018 near Holbrook, AZ
Blue Mesa.
Apr 10, 2016 near Holbrook, AZ

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