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Blue Mesa Trail

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Petrified Forest National Park, AZ
Basics
Length:
1 mile loop
Difficulty:
Easy
Season:
Year round

Description

A 1.0-mile steep, paved loop leads from the top of the mesa down into the blue badlands, a colorful area of cone-shaped hills in Chinle Shale.

The hills are composed of bentonite, a soft, porous clay, which is very susceptible to erosion. The bands of color represent different layers that were deposited under water. Manganese and iron oxides are responsible for the colors.

Details

Length:
1 mile loop
Difficulty:
Easy
Steep in places
Season:
Year round
Additional Details:
The top portion of this trail may be negotiated by strollers and wheelchairs with assistance. But where the trail begins to drop very steeply to its lower portion, strollers and wheelchairs should be turned around.

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