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Blue Mesa, Petrified Forest National Park

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  • This is the most beautiful and spectacular trail of Petrified Forest NP! You can safely take in half an hour, it's not tiring. It sinks to the bottom of the depression and we enter between blue, purple and gray hills of the area.
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  • There are not a lot of established trails in Petrified Forest National Park - this being one of the main ones, it is all paved. It takes away the naturalness of the area a bit - that is the only reaso...  more »
  • This offers some spectacular panoramas of the Painted Desert. Don't miss this. There is a trail that you can walk as well, but due to the cold and wind we chose to forgo the experience in favour of th...  more »
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  • Blue Mesa is a vista point and trail head. The vista point overlooks the slate blue rock formations that gives the mesa it's name. The elevation of the vista point allows for views across a large swath of the north end of the Park. The trail that leads down into the 'badlands' is a 1 mile (1.6 km) paved loop that drops down 100' (30 m) and twists among the blue rock formations. While the trail is well-paved, it is not recommended for wheelchairs due to the steep grades during the descent and ascent into and out of the badlands. There are no facilities at this site. An interpretive sign provides more information about the area. A covered bench provides respite from the sun for party members who do not wish to descend the trail. RVs may be able to park at the trail head if there are few cars.
  • Fantastic views. The bike ride up the hill is worth it.
  • Beautiful trails and its a pretty easy walk so most people shouldn't have a problem.
  • Very nice trail. Not so crowded and not too long