Trails

Meers Point Trail 

  • Open Season: Year-round 
  • Length: 0.8 miles 
  • Location of trail: The trail is accessible from the headquarters/visitor center or Meers point. 
  • Surface: Gravel 
  • Difficulty: Moderate 
  • Information: This one-way trail travels between the visitor center and Meers Point Recreation Area. There are opportunities to see desert plants and wildlife including birds, coyotes, and mule deer. An observation platform is located at the trail head. A comfort station, picnic tables, boat launch, and trash receptacle are located at Meers Point. 

Painted Desert Trail 

  • Open Season: Year-round 
  • Length: 1.3 miles 
  • Location of trail: The trail head is located approximately 3 miles north of the headquarters/visitor center via Red Cloud Mine Road.  
  • Surface: gravel 
  • Difficulty: Moderate 
  • Information: This trail offers an amazing panoramic view of the Colorado River valley and a rainbow of colors produced by 30,000 year-old volcanic ash formations. Explore and enjoy the desert’s uniquely adapted landscape and the plants and wildlife that thrive here. 

Painted Desert Trail

Open Season: Year-round Location of trail: The trail head is located approximately 3 miles north of the headquarters/visitor center via Red Cloud Mine Road.  Surface: Gravel Information: This trail offers an amazing panoramic view of the Colorado River valley and a rainbow of colors produced by 30,000 year-old volcanic ash formations. Explore and enjoy the desert’s uniquely adapted landscape and the plants and wildlife that thrive here. 
Trail Length (mi)
1.26
Trail Difficulty
Difficulty Meter / intermediate
Moderate
Route Type
Out & back
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Meers Point Trail

Open Season: Year-round Location of trail: The trail is accessible from the headquarters/visitor center or Meers point. Surface: Gravel Information: This one-way trail travels between the visitor center and Meers Point Recreation Area. There are opportunities to see desert plants and wildlife including birds, coyotes, and mule deer. An observation platform is located at the trail head. A comfort station, picnic tables, boat launch, and trash receptacle are located at Meers Point. 
Trail Length (mi)
0.85
Trail Difficulty
Difficulty Meter / intermediate
Moderate
Route Type
Out & back
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Desert Garden Trail

Trail Length (mi)
0.02
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Pupfish Pond Trail

Trail Length (mi)
0.04
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