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Jul 06 2019
sleepybear929
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36 female
 Joined Feb 14 2017
 Prescott Valley,
Blue Mesa TrailNortheast, AZ
Northeast, AZ
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sleepybear929
Hiking1.00 Miles 210 AEG
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May 19 2018
trekkin_gecko
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61 female
 Joined Nov 17 2008
 phoenix, az
Petrified Forest National Park, AZ 
Petrified Forest National Park, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 19 2018
trekkin_gecko
Hiking3.30 Miles 314 AEG
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john and i headed for pefo when i got off work saturday morning
stopped at the rainbow forest visitor center to get a permit (more on that later)
had to be at painted desert inn by five, so we did a quick out and back to martha's butte, the one mile blue mesa loop and a brief stop at agate bridge
two very different hikes with unique scenery, petrified wood, petroglyphs and badlands
it would have been nice to have more time for these
my first visit; will have to go back
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May 19 2018
johnlp
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62 male
 Joined Mar 16 2008
 chandler,az
Petrified Forest National Park, AZ 
Petrified Forest National Park, AZ
 
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johnlp
Hiking3.30 Miles 314 AEG
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gecko and I got in two quick hikes on very limited time. Had no idea the park would close at 5 PM as it usually closes at 7 this time of year. The two hikes are very different. Recommend both. :)
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Apr 01 2018
chumley
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46 male
 Joined Sep 18 2002
 Tempe, AZ
Blue Mesa Crystal Forest, AZ 
Blue Mesa Crystal Forest, AZ
 
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chumley
Hiking2.55 Miles 233 AEG
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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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Jun 05 2017
rcorfman
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59 male
 Joined Oct 17 2008
 Phoenix, AZ
Blue Mesa TrailNortheast, AZ
Northeast, AZ
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rcorfman
Hiking1.00 Miles 210 AEG
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This is another paved loop in Petrified Forest NP. There's a steep descent near the start that you need to ascend at the end too. There were some trail workers building a stone wall to help prevent erosion at the steep section of the path. We really liked the walk through the loop. Seeing and learning about "bad lands" was fun and informative. We had fun looking for "pipes" formed from rain draining through the soft and steep slopes.
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Apr 30 2017
Frostshocknoob
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31 male
 Joined Sep 05 2014
 Phoenix, AZ
Blue Mesa TrailNortheast, AZ
Northeast, AZ
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Frostshocknoob
Hiking0.96 Miles 111 AEG
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Jun 25 2016
jochal
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36 male
 Joined Sep 13 2009
 Mesa, AZ
Petrified Forest National Park, AZ 
Petrified Forest National Park, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jun 25 2016
jochal
Hiking6.10 Miles 300 AEG
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Entered the park from the South, took 4-5 hours to drive through and visit all of the marked sites on the NPS map. Blue Mesa and Crystal Forest were my favorite stops.
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May 07 2016
DallinW
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28 male
 Joined Feb 26 2015
 Gilbert AZ
Petrified Forest National Park, AZ 
Petrified Forest National Park, AZ
 
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DallinW
Hiking6.33 Miles 406 AEG
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Made a stop at Petrified Forest National Park on my way to Colorado.

I hit up the Rainbow Forest Loop first. On returning to the beginning of the loop, I overheard a gentleman talking to a ranger asking if it was legal for him to tote his gun in the park. The ranger informed him it was legal to tote his gun, but if he discharged it he could be in trouble. The gentlemen replied: "But what if there's a mountain lion attacking me?!"

Next I hit up the Long Logs - Agate House loop. This was the longest trail I did at the park totaling a whopping 2.5 miles! The Agate house is interesting; It was built out of Petrified Wood! On the way back the loop takes you through some neat looking badlands. This was probably my favorite trail I did, you essentially get a little sampler of everything you see on the rest of the established trails.

After that, I was off to Crystal Forest. A short loop with a few good views, and Petrified Wood that has a "crystal" looking core.

Next was Blue Mesa Trail, which takes you through some bigger and nicer looking badlands.

I then checked out Puerco Pueblo. The ruins are interesting, but I thought the sun dial which was etched into a rock was pretty cool. The Pueblo people would use it in order to track the changing seasons so they knew when to plant crops. I didn't quite understand exactly how it worked, only that it was etched in the rock at a position where when the sun hit it, a "light shaft" is created that intersects a spiral at 9:00 AM.

The last hike I did was the Painted Desert Rim. The immediate area isn't very interesting, but the views of the wilderness area north of the trail is enticing. Sometime I would like to backpack the Wilderness Area north of the Painted Desert Visitor Center.
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Apr 20 2016
Sun_Ray
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71 male
 Joined Sep 09 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Blue Mesa TrailNortheast, AZ
Northeast, AZ
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Sun_Ray
Hiking4.00 Miles 500 AEG
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Finally toured the park after driving by many times. Glad we planned a 2 day, one night trip with the overnight in Winslow at the La Posada Hotel. After a stop in Sedona we traveled Hwy 40 to exit 311 that takes you into the North part of the park. This area has a half dozen viewpoints of the painted desert. We always watch the film a the visitor's center! The next day we entered the park off US 180 and drove about 10 miles to Blue Mesa area so we could beat the crowd. If you only have time for one stop this is it. It as about a mile paved path in a loop with beautiful 'blue' rock formations. Then traveled south back toward visitors center stopping at Jasper Forest, Agate bride, Crystal Forest...another path walk.
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Jul 24 2015
LindaAnn
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39 female
 Joined Dec 24 2007
 Ahwatukee, AZ
Blue Mesa TrailNortheast, AZ
Northeast, AZ
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LindaAnn
Hiking1.20 Miles 290 AEG
Hiking1.20 Miles   1 Hour      1.41 mph
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Walked the Blue Mesa loop trail with the kids. We also explored a little bit of the trail that leads from Blue Mesa over to The Tepees.
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May 04 2015
winotron
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37 male
 Joined Nov 12 2013
 Phoenix, AZ
Petrified Forest NP, AZ 
Petrified Forest NP, AZ
 
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winotron
Hiking4.00 Miles 500 AEG
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My girlfriend and I stayed the weekend in Pine, intending to take our first trip to Fossil Creek this day, but with a thunderstorm in the forecast, and the fact that it was already raining when we got up, we had to change our plans. We wanted to go somewhere we'd never been before, so we decided to check out the Petrified Forest. Random, I know, considering this is a good 2 hr drive from Pine, but I'm really glad we went. I didn't know much about what to expect from this place, but it was awesome! Didn't realize how big this place is and how much there is to see.

We came in from the south entrance. There were a lot of tourists but it didn't seem especially crowded, since it was a Monday. It was mostly clear when we got there, but we could see a big storm coming in from the south, and soon enough started hearing the thunder. We stopped at pretty much all of the major spots along the way through the park, and hiked all the short trails. The storm was getting closer and closer, and it started lightly raining on us on the Crystal Forest Loop.

By the time we got to the Jasper Forest overlook it started pouring on us, and the thunder was crashing right overhead. We had to get back in the car and wait it out for 20 minutes or so. Once the rain slowed down we continued up the road to the Agate Bridge. That was definitely a cool spot. With all the rain there was water flowing and actually a waterfall under the bridge. There was water flowing all over the park actually, which I'm sure was a sharp contrast to how this park normally looks.

We kept going up to Blue Mesa and that was probably my favorite spot of the day. The Blue Mesa Trail was a great, short hike. It was cool being able to actually go down into the little canyon. Like a lunar landscape down there. There were little streams of milky water flowing all over the place. Pretty much no one else down there with us.

Unfortunately we had to rush a bit by the time we got to Puerco Pueblo. It was already after 4pm and we had a 4 hr drive back home to Phoenix ahead of us. We still had time to stop at a couple of the Painted Desert vistas though. Beautiful. I would love to come back here again with more time for hiking. We stopped at the Falcon Cafe in Winslow for dinner on the way home. We'll never stop there again...
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Great wildflower show, which I wasn't expecting. Blankets of flowers all over the place.
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Apr 11 2015
leonesiegel
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61 male
 Joined Jan 15 2010
 Scottsdale, AZ
Blue Mesa TrailNortheast, AZ
Northeast, AZ
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leonesiegel
Hiking1.00 Miles 210 AEG
Hiking1.00 Miles      45 Mns   2.22 mph
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When was the last time I was here? '85? Naw, don't think so.
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Jul 19 2014
squatpuke
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52 male
 Joined Apr 04 2002
 Flagstaff, AZ
Blue Mesa TrailNortheast, AZ
Northeast, AZ
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squatpuke
Hiking1.00 Miles 210 AEG
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Drove a few extra miles for this little quick one mile hike. Pretty spectacular views from the top. I think I enjoyed this hike better than Rainbow Loop...

Was with my Pinetop fiend and her dog, Larry.

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Jul 06 2013
DarthStiller
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50 male
 Joined Jul 05 2006
 Mesa, AZ
Blue Mesa TrailNortheast, AZ
Northeast, AZ
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DarthStiller
Hiking3.50 Miles 210 AEG
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For the holiday weekend we decided to do an overnight trip to see Meteor Crater and the Painted Desert/Petrified Forest. After seeing Meteor Crater on Friday, we spent the night in Holbrook. The Best Western Inn there, by the way, was incredible. We got the suite, which was not much more than a regular room and it was more like an apartment.

Saturday we woke up and made our way to the Petrified Forest. We did a lot more than just the Blue Mesa Trail, and I've linked all the ones currently on HAZ that we did. We started doing a little bit of the Giant Logs Trail, then did 2 miles on the Long Logs/Agate House trail. We skipped the Long Logs loop and just went out and back to the Agate House ruin. After that, we stopped at the Blue Mesa Trail. I didn't plan on doing that trail, but once we got started down the trail, I just got drawn in. Definitely one of the best sights in the park. We kept booking thru it taking pics. Natasha and I did the whole thing in just over 20 minutes. Radmila and Dmitri only did about half of it, stopping where the loop begins.

Our last stop was at the Puerco Pueblo. That was pretty nice. The petroglyphs are really interesting to see.

Afterwards we stopped at the north end of the park for some final photos and headed back to the desert heat.
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Feb 05 2013
azbackpackr
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67 female
 Joined Jan 21 2006
 Flag-summer-Need
Blue Mesa TrailNortheast, AZ
Northeast, AZ
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azbackpackr
Hiking1.00 Miles 210 AEG
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A paved hiking trail? Oh, well, it's a national park. And pavement is nice after I got mud all over my new jeans on Sunday's off-trail hike! This was a clear day. The Peaks and the White Mountains, and Escudilla were visible.
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Oct 23 2012
Charger55
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40 male
 Joined Oct 19 2010
 Mesa, AZ
Blue Mesa TrailNortheast, AZ
Northeast, AZ
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Charger55
Hiking1.00 Miles 210 AEG
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The best of the short interpretive trails in the PeFo. The visitors guide calls it strenuous. It's one mile. It's paved. I did it in sandals. It's not strenuous. It is pretty though, especially when you drop off the mesa and are completely surrounded by blue hills.
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Aug 26 2012
Dennyforreal
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34 male
 Joined May 04 2012
 Denver, CO
Blue Mesa TrailNortheast, AZ
Northeast, AZ
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Dennyforreal
Hiking1.00 Miles 210 AEG
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Mar 01 2012
SunDevil3
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38 male
 Joined May 21 2004
 Phoenix, AZ
Blue Mesa TrailNortheast, AZ
Northeast, AZ
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SunDevil3
Hiking1.00 Miles 210 AEG
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Did this quick jaunt along with another couple hikes in the Painted Desert while driving across the country with my dog to move back to AZ (woo-hoo!) Given that we were halfway through Day 4 of our 4-day trek, time was tight and we used our visit mainly to stretch our legs (and not miss out on a beautiful spot a little too far from Phoenix for me to envision making it out this way again soon.)

This was my favorite spot in the park-- the hike is smooth and the flowing, banded buttes and hills are stunningly beautiful. I think my dog and I were the only ones on this trail at the time and it was a little eerie once you get into it in broad daylight and suddenly feel so alone in such a unique landscape-- seems like it should be teeming with tourists-- guess if it were in Sedona, it would be.

The last 1/3 to 1/2 mile I let Wally off his leash and we jogged/ran around the big loop towards the back of the trail-- just looked too much the like the world's most picturesque running track-- and it felt really good to get my blood pumping after 3+ days of driving and fast-food.

Beautiful trail-- if you are in the area-- don't miss it!
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Dec 16 2010
rally_toad
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29 male
 Joined May 17 2007
 CA
Blue Mesa TrailNortheast, AZ
Northeast, AZ
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rally_toad
Hiking1.00 Miles 210 AEG
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Yep. Awesome even in the rain and cold temps
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Oct 17 2010
cabel
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56 male
 Joined Nov 13 2005
 Cave Creek, AZ
Blue Mesa TrailNortheast, AZ
Northeast, AZ
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cabel
Hiking1.00 Miles 210 AEG
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What a different world.
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