Doney Trail

Flagstaff, Arizona

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This very easy, short walk to the top of a volcanic cinder cone features an extensive view of the Painted Desert near Wupatki National Monument. The soft, rounded slopes, bluffs, and mesa in the distance to the northeast were formed when the soft, pastel-colored shale eroded away. At noon, the harsh, vertical light gives the Painted Desert a washed-out, dull look. In contrast, when the sun is low in the sky in late evening or early morning, the colors come alive.

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"This very easy, short walk to the top of a volcanic cinder cone features an extensive view of the Painted Desert near Wupatki National Monument.

The soft, rounded slopes, bluffs, and mesa in the distance to the northeast were formed when the soft, pastel-colored shale eroded away. At noon, the harsh, vertical light gives the Painted Desert a washed-out, dull look. In contrast, when the sun is low in the sky in late evening or early morning, the colors come alive."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Flagstaff
Distance: 1
Elevation Gain: 200 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: Day hike
Season: Year-round
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Peaks Ranger District, Coconino National Forest
Local Maps: USGS Wupatki SW
Driving Directions: Directions to Doney Trail

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May 2018