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Painted Desert Rim Trail

EASY 41 reviews

Painted Desert Rim Trail is a 1.1 mile lightly 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

hiking
1 month ago

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
2 months ago

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
4 months ago

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

hiking
4 months ago

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.

9 months ago

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

hiking
Thursday, September 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!

Monday, April 03, 2017

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

Saturday, October 01, 2016

Beautiful views

hiking
Friday, August 19, 2016

Very easy hike with some nice views of the area.

hiking
Wednesday, August 17, 2016

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

Tuesday, August 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
Friday, July 29, 2016

Good trail, easy walk, lots of stuff to see

hiking
Tuesday, March 08, 2016

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

hiking
Saturday, July 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
Thursday, November 13, 2014

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

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Easy walk with beautiful desert views--bring H2O.

hiking
Monday, October 15, 2012

A beautiful trail, with a simply stunning view of the Painted Desert!

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