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Painted Desert Rim Trail [CLOSED]

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Petrified Forest National Park

Painted Desert Rim Trail [CLOSED] is a 1.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Chambers, Arizona that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 1.1 miles Elevation Gain: 39 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

views

closed

As of April 16, 2020, users have reported that there are temporary closures in this area. Please consult the park's website before visiting.

Beautiful trail!

hiking
1 month ago

I'd definitely go back to explore more.

hiking
1 month ago

We walked this trail a few years ago. Very pretty.

hiking
no shade
4 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

Nice easy hike. Great views of the painted desert. Next time we will extend the hike some by taking the route from the painted desert inn down into the valley.

hiking
7 months ago

Nice enough little trail. Lots of shoe prints, but no other people on it this morning.

hiking
9 months ago

we did this trail earlier in the summer, was pretty hot, but we were passing thru on route 66 and couldnt not stop, and the views here were worth it, this is a pretty easy stroll, you wont see the petrified forest on this trail, but would recommend doing if youre here.

hiking
no shade
11 months ago

hiking
11 months ago

Easy trail. Would have rated it higher for the views (come during monsoon season if you want to be impressed with the play of colors), but lower because there was no real challenge. Still lovely.

hiking
bugs
no shade
rocky
Sat Jun 01 2019

Great views, quick trail. Little shade, so bring water and sunscreen.

hiking
Sat May 04 2019

Really easy quick trail - make sure you walk to Kachina Point !

hiking
Fri Mar 29 2019

It is easy, And You can learn about information, history of this area.

hiking
Wed Jan 23 2019

This is an interesting and educational hike if you have never seen the Petrified Forest before. You might only be disappointed if you are hoping to see a forest, as all of trees have fallen! This is more of a "drive a while - get out and hike a while" hike. You can drive through the park and get out and hike a few feet or hike a mile or two at a time if you. All trails are either paved or clearly marked. Every geologist, history nut, or Arizona enthusiast should visit this park. Driving non-stop, through the park, takes 45 minutes. The average length of stay is 2 hours but you could stay all day and not get bored. Don't take any wood as souvenirs, though. It is against the law - plus, letters from those who did are posted in the visitor center with tales of all the bad luck they had afterward! Got to http://www.nps.gov/pefo/pphtml/activities.html for more info. The park is open year round except Christmas - December 25. Park hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5 p.m., with extended hours during the summer.

hiking
Wed Dec 26 2018

Make sure to climb down from the rim trail and experience the red badlands behind the inn. One of the quietest places I have ever been.

hiking
Wed Nov 21 2018

Great little trail... and nice, scenic drive to get there.

hiking
Thu Oct 25 2018

Nice lil trek. Super easy and the vastness of your view from horizon to horizon just really reminds you of how small we are on the planet. I liked the sound of only the wind in my ears.

Thu May 31 2018

Bring binoculars and linger awhile. It’s like looking into a time machine.

hiking
Thu Sep 07 2017

I led a group of Girl Scouts on this trail, starting at the Tawa Trail. It was great, just hot because of the lack of shade. Very easy, slight incline--just bring water!

Mon Apr 03 2017

Unexpected beauty. You cannot beat these views. Definitely worth your time.

Sat Oct 01 2016

Beautiful views

hiking
Fri Aug 19 2016

Very easy hike with some nice views of the area.

hiking
Wed Aug 17 2016

Simple hike most anyone can do. Good views. Better hikes in the park. You really see it all from the car already.

Tue Aug 09 2016

Pretty area, a must area if you stop at the National Park, you can walk as far as you want, don't have to complete to get a good view of the area

hiking
Fri Jul 29 2016

Good trail, easy walk, lots of stuff to see

hiking
Tue Mar 08 2016

Nice short easy trail with great views! It's like being on another planet.

hiking
Sat Jul 04 2015

Very similar to the landforms/ash mounds of the badlands, but nearly as many. These are MUCH more beautiful though with deep colors!

walking
Thu Nov 13 2014

Awesome views. Its a miniature "grand canyon". Lots of wind, so leave your caps/hats in the car!

Wed Jul 09 2014

Easy walk with beautiful desert views--bring H2O.

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