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Blue Mesa Trail is a 0.9 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Holbrook, Arizona that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 0.9 mi Elevation gain 108 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Hiking

Walking

Partially paved

Views

No shade

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Reviews (305)
Photos (265)
Recordings (225)
Completed (630)
Clisby White
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Easy paved loop.

Catherine Elser
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HikingRocky

So technically we took the regular paved Blue Mesa trail and veered off into just part of the Blue Mesa loop. You are up high and on these narrow foot trails it is still fairly loose gravel for footing. On such a windy day, it made me nervous. We didn’t descend the last descent that would’ve taken us into the heart of the Blue Mesa formations and out to the Tee Pee area. But it was windy, getting warm and we wanted to hit another trail.

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Michalina Homka
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Hiking

Super easy hike with great views!

ReSy !
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HikingNo shade
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Jupi ◇
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HikingNo shade
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Phillip S
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HikingNo shade
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Andrew Gifford
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HikingNo shade

Very short and very sweet. Definitely worthwhile going down into the basin to see these striations up close!

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Aroura Jackson
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HikingNo shade

No shade. Paved trail the entire 1 mile. We went off the trail and climbed the rocks/little hills. It was hot when we went, so keep in mind that there is no shade at all. Pretty busy, saw a few other groups of 5+ people hiking. You are able to see some petrified wood along this trail.

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Keller Copeland
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HikingNo shade
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Michael Ariz
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Walking

Easy paved short walk amongst beautiful rock formations.

Alex Drena
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Hiking

Nice, easy trail to view the diverse rock colors.

biri biri
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Hiking

Incredibly interesting formations and colors, something about the bluish purple was stunning to me, not a color you see often in nature. I was not expecting much from Petrified Forest from the photos I'd seen but it was wonderfully unique, both the petrified wood and the landscapes, loved it.

Jean L.
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Jack, Lillian, & Remi Toborek
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Hiking

This trail is fantastic! The NPS pamphlet calls this a steep trail and makes it sound like it’s difficult. There is one section that’s challenging for folks who aren’t acclimated to altitude and may not be used to walking or hiking moderately steep terrain. Take your time! There’s a bench partway up the steep section, so don’t be shy and take a rest! The path is paved and easy to follow. Beautiful views you won’t get anywhere else in the park unless you do some off-the-beaten path trails. Definitely worth a stop!

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Linda Main
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Hiking

this is the trail that was supposed to be the guided hike by the Rangers Because we got there early we had to do it on our own. they gave us a magazine that we followed that showed how to follow the trail. We didn't go all the way because there was ice on the trail and it was kind of steep.

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Moon Bounce
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HikingFee

An absolutely beautiful little day hike. Wide, sometimes paved, yet steep path. Wonderful desert geology! Definitely the most beautiful part of the park that I went to, and there weren’t many people either!

Kasey Bellafiore
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Hiking

Beautiful, easy loop trail. Does have a little bit of decline going down but a bench is there for any who might need a break.

Annalisa P
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HikingNo shade
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Sarah Hopp
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Walking

Eh. Save your money and just visit the Grand Canyon instead.

Mark Nekic
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HikingNo shade

This was my favorite trail in the park, and it really didn't have anything to do with petrified wood. (Although there are a few specimens along this trail). Very cool bluish-striped hoodoos. Great place for any serious photographer with lots of interesting colors & textures.

Janelle Lajeunesse
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Hiking

Sharp drop at the start that you’ll have to climb back up. Apart from that very easy paved trail. Highly recommend!

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Elijah Chiang
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Hiking

interesting rock formations. feels like you're walking through an alien desert. walked with 2 60s and 2 70s and they were able to manage with a couple breaks.

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Ron Alvarado
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Hiking

Very restricted trail, looks like very few hiking trails in the park.

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Elaina B
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HikingNo shade

This was my favorite part of the national park. It was easy for someone with any hiking experience, I did it in my Teva sandals. This was a photographers paradise. Walking through the blue badlands was truly unique and like nothing I have ever seen. The hike took us about 30 minutes with frequent stops for pictures. Highly recommend!

Lois Laina
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Amazing! Lots of petrified wood

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Ike J.
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HikingNo shade

Amazing scenery, great views. Definitely worth doing.

Yu-Ting Cheng
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HikingNo shade

We hiked this trail with a kid sitting in a stroller. This trail is 100% stroller friendly. However, I don't think this is wheelchair available because there is a steep part. Be careful and hold the stroller firmly when going down the steep part. Also be aware of strong wind. No any shade. Overall this is an easy trail, very special rock formation, and really worth it. Highly recommended. I understand you already drive 2+ hours to get there. But please don't leave without hiking Blue Mesa! It takes you around 1 hour only.

Giant Pear
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Hiking

Really nice view. Definitely worth the effort.

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