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1.5 miles

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Trail Difficulty


Δ Elevation (FT)

~250 (+)

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Blue Forest Trail (PFNP)

Arizona | Petrified Forest by v8.6m

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Blue Forest Trail in Petrified Forest National Park is a wonderful hike that is sure to please the whole family. The park says "the Blue Forest Trail was first constructed between 1934 and 1937 by the Civilian Conservation Corps, connecting the lower and upper Blue Mesa roads. The trail and the lower road were closed in 1955 and replaced by the Blue Mesa Loop Trail. The Blue Forest Trail was initially intended for a general audience, but was re-established in 2013 for adventurous hikers. The trail connects the main park road at the Tepees area to the paved Blue Mesa Trail, accessed from the Blue Mesa Loop Road, and is about 1.2 mi long. Elevation gain and loss is about 200’. It is another 0.3 mi (0.5 mi) on Blue Mesa Trail to get to a parking spot along the Blue Mesa Loop Road, if you have a shuttle." Dogs are allowed on trails in Petrified Forest, so long as they are leashed.

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Contact: Petrified Forest National Park 1 Park Road P.O. Box 2217 Petrified Forest, AZ 86028

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