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Blue Mesa Crystal Forest, AZ
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Blue Mesa Crystal Forest, AZ 
Blue Mesa Crystal Forest, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 01 2018
chumley
Hiking2.55 Miles 233 AEG
Hiking2.55 Miles   1 Hour   26 Mns   1.80 mph
233 ft AEG      1 Min Break
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After my Onyx Bridge hike, I opted for a few more Petrified Forest "hikes". I did the complete Crystal Forest loop, which is perhaps the least interesting of the designated park stops. I had also considered an exploration of Jasper Forest, but wasn't particularly intrigued by what I saw at the viewpoint.

Blue Mesa on the other hand -- wowsers! Simply one of the most incredible geologic sites I have ever experienced. There's a paved trail that leads through some of the basics here, but like elsewhere in PeFo, you are mostly free to explore off-trail and I made a larger extended loop away from the few tourists who ventured away from their cars. The colors here are incredible, and likely change with the weather and time of day.

This place is worth the price of admission!
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