Blue Mesa Trail is a 1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Holbrook, Arizona that offers scenic views. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking.
We took the Blue Mesa trail to where pieces of petrified wood form capstones (like balanced rocks) over eroded clay soils. The paved loop trail descends steeply to the floor beneath the blue, gray, and white-striped badlands - some of the prettiest land in the park. At the bottom, the hillsides streak and blend where the clay has washed into drainages. Pretty cool.
This was my favorite stop in the entire park. The blue mesas are out of this world. There is a steep climb down and I wouldn't recommend it for young children. Mesmerizing hike!
This trail was my favorite part of the Petrified Forrest. The trail from the parking area to the loop was somewhat steep but had great views. the loop itself was fairly flat.
A must. So unique and beautiful!
It is not a hard trail as mentioned here. I can say it is moderate. Amazing views of the Triassic landscape.
Great trail! There's a fairly steep but short incline/decline at the beginning but worth it. The colors are amazing!
All paved. Steep incline at the beginning/end of the loop. Great views on the valley floor.
Great views of the painted desert. Blue Mesa also nice. Great hiking and easy slopes
Blue Mesa is the best tourist hike in the park. Being paved, I consider it more of a walk. With that said it is absolutely stunning in its landscape. Recommend to all. Trail has a steep incline/decline to the valley floor. Otherwise doable by all.
The "off the beaten path hike", the Historic Blue Forest trail, 3 mils roundtrip, begins at the Tepees and ends here on the Blue Mesa. Highly recommend for those seeking a real trail.
Nice short hike through desert terrain. Hot, hot, hot...bring H2O and sunscreen.