Painted Desert Rim Trail
As storms, clouds, sunlight, and
shadows move across the multicolored
hills below, imagine how time, water,
and wind have shaped this intricately
carved landscape. Those living here see
the beauty of its subtle changes and are
witness to its moods. To a newcomer,
terms such as "barren" or "desolate"
seem appropriate descriptors. But in
fact, the Painted Desert contains a
fascinating and complex combination
of plants and animals.
Tawa Point to Painted Desert Inn
Length: 0.6 miles (one way)
Elevation: 5,826 feet
The "Rim Trail" hugs the edge of
this windswept mesa, providing
dramatic, long-distance views.
Wayside exhibits describe gologic
features and introduce you to the
plants, animals, and people.
Benches provide opportunities
for relaxation and reflection.
Remember that you are treading
on a fragile land#&151;watch where
you step and leave things as