Blue Mesa Trail

Hikers walk amidst gray, blue, and purple badlands along a trail under a blue sky.
Visitors on the Blue Mesa Trail

NPS Photo/Hallie Larsen

Quick Facts
On the Blue Mesa Road loop that turns off the park road about mile marker 15
Blue part of the Painted Desert

Historical/Interpretive Information/Exhibits, Information Kiosk/Bulletin Board, Parking - Auto, Picnic Shelter/Pavilion, Picnic Table, Scenic View/Photo Spot, Trailhead

Length: 1 mile (1.6 km) loop
Trailhead: Blue Mesa sun shelter
Descending from the mesa, this alternately paved and gravel trail loop offers the unique experience of hiking among badland hills of bluish bentonite clay as well as petrified wood. Numerous plant and animal fossils have been found by paleontologists in the sedimentary layers of Blue Mesa.

Steep grade at beginning of trail

Petrified Forest National Park

Last updated: July 10, 2021