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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.
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.
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.