Scenic Sunday: Blue Mesa

The Painted Desert from an overlook on Blue Mesa, Petrified Forest National Park. June 13, 2011.

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The Blue Mesa is an area which is just about in the center of the Petrified Forest National Park.  It is reached by a scenic road and loop off the main park road.  The elevation of Blue Mesa is higher than those parts of the Painted Desert in the northern part of the park.  The view from Blue Mesa is fantastic, as can be seen from the picture above.

Erosion along the rim of Blue Mesa. June 13, 2011.

Because of a thicker protective sandstone cap, erosion around Blue Mesa has been slower than the erosion in other parts of the Painted Desert.  While erosion is obviously going on, the colors uncovered so far are darker than those of other parts of the Painted Desert.  As erosion continues the reds and pinks seen in the northern part of the park will be present at Blue Mesa as well.

View from the Blue Mesa Trail, Petrified Forest National Park. June 13, 2011.

At the northern end of Blue Mesa, the Blue Mesa trail makes a mile loop down into the badlands.  While we did not have time to hike the entire trail, we did hike far enough to see more of the work of erosion at Blue Mesa.

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12 Responses to “Scenic Sunday: Blue Mesa”

  1. diane Says:

    Amazing landforms and colour here. You were lucky to be able to hike through this country.

  2. Sandra Says:

    I enlarged the photos and these deserve a BIG WOW! that first one is just plain beautiful. wish i could see it

  3. Judy Says:

    I agree with Sandra – the enlarged photos are something else! The landscape and the colours are incredible!!

  4. Busy Bee Suz Says:

    How beautiful is that??? Like Mother Nature took her paintbrush to work!!

  5. eileeninmd Says:

    Very pretty place, the views are fantastic! Lovley photos!

  6. Karin Says:

    I have to be honest – this is a fascinating place to visit – BUT I need to live where there are green spaces. I couldn’t handle desert and badlands at all times! I’m glad we could see all this in person too, years ago now! Great photos George!

  7. Neal Says:

    Very beautiful. I am like Karin ….. I think places like this are beautiful but I think I would get tired of not seeing anything green.

  8. Sylvia Kirkwood Says:

    Amazing what a difference enlarging the photos make!! Such an awesome place and your captures are stunning, George! So glad you take us along on your trips and hikes!! Hope your week is off to a great start!


  9. ladyfi Says:

    What a beautiful place! All that blue sky…

  10. Tatjana Parkacheva Says:

    Excellent and very nice photos.


  11. Rose Says:

    I bet you felt like you were in another world at some of these places….

  12. Ruth Hiebert Says:

    This is spectacular scenery.

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