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Blue Mesa Trail

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0.8 mile 1.3 kilometer point to point
95% Runnable
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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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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Shattered trees.
Jun 20, 2016 near Holbrook, AZ
Blue Mesa.
Apr 10, 2016 near Holbrook, AZ
View of rock formations
May 14, 2018 near Holbrook, AZ
A beautiful view of Blue Mesa at dusk.
Jul 7, 2016 near Holbrook, AZ
Mark on his way past some of the badlands formations.
Jul 7, 2016 near Holbrook, AZ

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