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Pets allowed
Allowed
Elevation Gain
60.00 ft (18.29 m)
Trail type
There-and-back
Distance
1.10 mi (1.77 km)
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Visitors to the Painted Desert section of Petrified Forest National Park who wish to take a short hike that shows off the colorful desert landscape can do no better than the Rim Trail. Running from the Tawa Point overlook to Katchina Point behind the Painted Desert Inn, this 1-mile round-trip stroll has little elevation change and offers continuous views of the desert below and the mesas beyond. There are informative displays along the way, and in the northbound direction there are great views of the historic inn building.

 

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Winter
Spring
Fall

Congestion

High

Parking Pass

Park entrance fee

Open Year-round

Yes

Pros

Beautiful vistas. Easy hike.

Cons

None.

Trailhead Elevation

5,750.00 ft (1,752.60 m)

Highest point

5,804.00 ft (1,769.06 m)

Features

Family friendly
Flushing toilets
Potable water
Geologically significant

Typically multi-day

No

Permit required

No

Location

Field Guide

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