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“A beautiful drive”
Review of Blue Mesa

Blue Mesa
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Brookings, Oregon
Level 6 Contributor
124 reviews
46 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
“A beautiful drive”
Reviewed September 10, 2013

Blue Mesa is a beautiful loop drive in the middle of Petrified Forest National Park. There are several viewpoints that let you look down into eroded canyons with walls of multicolored clay. The canyons are dotted with petrified logs being eroded out of the clay. A mile-long trail takes you down into one of the canyons for a closer look. There are more abundant logs further south in the park, but this is the best place to drive and hike through the striped badlands.

Visited July 2013
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Los Angeles, California, United States
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“Wow I feel like I'm on an alien planet”
Reviewed September 3, 2013

A trail that descends into a land of mountains made of different colored layers with petrified wood strewn about. I'm still having a hard time fathoming how amazing and beautiful this place is.

Visited August 2013
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Sedgefield
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“Blue in the desert?”
Reviewed August 9, 2013

The colors of the Blue Mesa is so uncommon that you can only stare and stare and happily click away. The next picture is even prettier than the previous one. Take the drive, it is just an extra 3.5 miles. Don't miss out.

Visited August 2013
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Greenbelt, Maryland
Level 6 Contributor
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102 attraction reviews
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“just a great experience (1 of 2)”
Reviewed May 7, 2013

Spent a day in Petrified Forest Nat Park last winter. was lucky as it was a perfect weather; clear, sunny and cool. Stopped at all the tourist spots along the drive, and the Blue Mesa ties for the best. Great views, and a very interesting trail which drops down from the road level to the gully floor. The trailhead is not evident, and the first few hundred feet are steep, so then you get to the canyon floor you have very little company, which suited me very fine. The walls are even more interesting and colorful when seen from below than from the top. In my book this (and the trail from Kachina Point/Painted Desert Inn) are the not-to-be-missed parts of the Park. Wear comfortable shoes with rubber soles (boots better) and enjoy the unique colors. Sun/rain shelter is available at the trailhead; no shelter after you leave the rim of the mesa.

Visited February 2013
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Scottsdale, Arizona
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40 reviews
19 attraction reviews
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“Amazing Vistas”
Reviewed April 14, 2013

The Blue Mesa Loop is about half way between the Painted Desert Visitor Center and The Rainbow Forest Museum. It's easy to miss the turn off to the loop. The loop is about 3.5 miles long. Some of the most scenic vistas can be seen from the stops along the way. Do yourself a favor and get out at each of the pull offs. There is much more to see from the viewing areas than you can see from the car. About two thirds around the loop you will come to the Blue Mesa Trail. The trail is a one mile loop thru the amazingly colored badland hills. The paved trail descending into the badlands is steep and not for everyone.

Visited April 2013
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