Burnt Mesa Trail

In late summer, wildflowers such as lupine and paintbrush often bloom in profusion on this trail.

Photo by Sally King

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The Burnt Mesa Trailhead is located less than .5 miles west of TA 49 on Highway 4. This easy trail is relatively flat and an excellent place to see summer wildflowers, birds, and butterflies. The 2.5 mile (one way) trail traverses the mesas and ends at a steep drop-off into a side canyon of Frijoles Canyon.
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Burnt Mesa Trail is relatively flat with expansive views.

Photo by Sally King

easter daisies
Burnt Mesa trail is also one of the best places to see some of the earliest flowers of the season such as Easter Daisies that can start blooming in March.

Photo by Sally King

image of a pine tree and a broad mesa with many colorful flowers and a dirt trail
Late summer is a beautiful time to hike Burnt Mesa Trail.

Photo by Sally King

a pink, black, and beige bird sits on a tree limb with its wings stretching
Burnt Mesa trail is a good place for interesting birds, plants, and butterflies.

Photo by Sally King

Last updated: February 12, 2022

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