Blue Mesa Trail, Photo Gallery, Petrified Forest National Park - Painted Desert, Arizona

Blue Mesa Trail

Petrified Forest National Park - Painted Desert

The Blue Mesa Trail winds through what is arguably the Park's most dramatic and visually stunning example of badland formations. Blue, grey, white, lavender and green striated mounds, cones, buttes and fins rise sharply above an otherwise flat and barren landscape. These color bands are the combined result of mineral presence and water levels at the time of sedimentary deposition.

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