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Painted Desert, AZ
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Distance Round Trip 0 miles
Trailhead Elevation 5,950 feet
Author HAZ_Hikebot
Descriptions 12,240
Routes 10,623
Photos 18
Trips 1 map ( 0 miles )
Age 19
Location Arizona
Viewed All Mine Following
19  2011-05-01 klodhopper73
9  2010-09-23 SkyIslander16
17  2010-07-25 Kenny
42  2010-06-30 PaleoRob
11  2010-06-17 PaleoRob
25  2010-04-03 pickelltree
30  2009-12-12 juliachaos
16  2009-07-11 TheNaviG8R
1  2009-07-04 PaleoRob
1  2009-05-23 amanda4678
5  2009-05-20 hippiepunkpirate
28  2009-03-28
Coal Mine Canyon
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Historical Weather
Trailhead Forecast
Reservation Hopi
Backpack   Yes
Preferred   Apr, May, Sep, Oct → Early
Seasons   ALL
Sun  5:10am - 7:44pm
Alternative Routes
Nearby Hikes Area Water Sources
direct air miles away to trailhead
9.2  Coal Mine Canyon
25.0  Tuba City Dinosaur Tracks
30.5  Walpi Tour
36.8  Crack In Rock at Wupatki National Park
36.8  Wupatki Ruins National Monument Trails
36.9  Grand Falls
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     Anasazi Mano and Metate
     Anasazi Projectile Point
     Automobile Remains/Wreckage
 Chavez Pass Black-on-Red
     Diesel Locomotive
   Escavada Black-on-White
     Flagstaff Black-on-White
   Gallup Black-on-White
     Holbrook Black-on-White
     Homolovi Polychrome
     Jeddito Black-on-Yellow
   Jeddito Corrugated
     Kayenta Black-on-White
     Little Colorado Anasazi Buildi
   Little Colorado Anasazi Dwelli
   Majestic Basketmaker (Abstract
   Matsaki Brown-on-Buff
 Medicine Polychrome
   Palavayu Linear (Abstract)
   Palavayu Linear (Anthropomorph
     Palavayu Linear (Zoomorphic)
     Palavayu Style (Abstract)
     Palavayu Style (Anthropomorphi
     Palavayu Style (Zoomorphic)
     Power Plant - Coal Plant
   Puerco Black-on-White
     Reserve Black-on-White (Reserv
     Sinagua Dwelling
 Snowflake Black-on-White
 St. John's Black-on-Red
   St. John's Polychrome
   Tsegi Polychrome
     Tularosa Black-on-White
     Tusayan Black-on-White
     Tusayan Corrugated
 Unidentified Culture
   Unknown Black-on-White
 Unknown Polychrome
     Walnut Black-on-White
   White Mound Black-on-White
     American Kestrel
     Common Raven
     Eastern Collared Lizard
     Mule Deer
     Fremont Cottonwood*
     Chinle Formation
     Moenkopi Formation
     Petrified Wood
 Sand Dune
     Slot Canyon
Beyond anything Grand
by HAZ_Hikebot

The Painted Desert is a large swath of Arizona sweeping from Tuba City to Holbrook. Due to the virtually trail-less land it's unlikely many would hike the same route or even want to. Please use this page to post various photos, triplogs and routes.

From Wikipedia: Painted Desert is the name for a broad area of colorful badlands located in Northern Arizona in the United States. The desert stretches from the Grand Canyon National Park into the Petrified Forest National Park and runs roughly astride and just north of the Little Colorado and the Puerco Rivers. The area within the Petrified Forest National Wilderness is also known as the Painted Desert Wilderness. Much of the Painted Desert region is located within the Navajo Nation. The region is also home to a number of county parks such as the Little Painted Desert County Park found just north of Winslow. The Navajo and the Hopi people have lived in the region for at least one thousand years, however the modern name for the desert comes from the Spaniards who named it "el Desierto Pintado" due to its brightly colored landscape[citation needed].

The desert comprises stratified layers of mineral and decayed organic matter. Many hardened dunes can be found. These hardened dunes are visually distinct due to the bands of grays, reds, oranges and yellows which are then shaped by natural wind and rain patterns. The area is noted to be especially beautiful at sunset and sunrise when the land appears to glow in hues of violet, blue, red and gold. Other key features include the many mesas and buttes that rise sharply from the desert floor. Sparse desert flora and fauna can also be found.

In the southern portions of the desert the remains of a Triassic Era coniferous forest have fossilized over millions of years. Wind, water and soil erosion continue to change the face of the landscape by shifting sediment and exposing layers of the Chinle Formation. An assortment of fossilized prehistoric plants and animals are found in the region, as well as dinosaur tracks and the evidence of early human habitation.

Much of the region is accessible only by foot or unpaved road though major highways and paved roads cut across the area. Depending on use, location and duration of stay, travelers might be required to purchase permits from the appropriate authorities. The towns of Cameron and Tuba City, both within the Navajo Nation, are two major settlements. One interesting side note about Tuba City and Cameron is that parking lots and yards are often covered by bright red dust that is blown in from the surrounding lands by dust storms. Currently coal and petroleum mining operations are active in the region and red clay is retrieved from the desert by locals. This clay is then used to produce handmade pottery to be sold at roadside stands and souvenir shops.
    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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    Access varies and road conditions range from paved to strictly 4x4.
    90+° 8am - 6pm kills
    stay out of the scorching sun
    prehydrate & stay hydrated
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