The Blue Mesa Trail at Petrified Forest National Park is a 1 mile (1.6km) loop on a steep path that winds through vibrant blue, purple and gray badlands dotted with colorful petrified wood.
Badlands are a dry terrain where softer sedimentary rocks and clay-rich soils have been eroded extensively by wind and water. They are characterized by steep slopes and minimal vegetation; they commonly include canyons, ravines, gullies, buttes, mesas and hoodoos. They are often difficult to navigate by foot.
Luckily there is a paved walkway here that makes it easy to explore.
The striped slopes have a subdued palette.
From the higher elevations, I find great views of the surrounding area of Billing’s Gap and various washes.
*Tuesday, May 15, 2018*
On Sundays, I post about hikes or walks that I have taken in my travels; I may also post on other unrelated subjects. I will use these posts to participate in Jo’s Monday Walks or any other challenges that catch my fancy.
This post is in response to Jo’s Monday Walk: The Last Lap.