Blue Mesa

A pedestal log balances in front of a blue, purple, and gray banded badland at twilight.
A pedestal log balances at Blue Mesa at twilight.

NPS Photo/Andrew V Kearns

Quick Facts

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Blue Mesa is a significant landform located on a spur road halfway through Petrified Forest National Park. The road (~5 miles round trip) goes on top of the mesa with scenic overlooks of the landscape, badlands, trail, and hoodoos. The trailhead for Blue Mesa Trail is located halfway around the loop road at a sunshelter. The mesa consists of the Blue Mesa and Sonsela Members with petrified wood deposits. Spectacular views of blue, purple, gray, and peach banded badlands.

Petrified Forest National Park

Last updated: March 12, 2021