Rim Vista Trail Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"The sedimentary rock layers of the Colorado Plateau create grand scenery from Utah to New Mexico. The rocks tell the story of shallow seas with dinosaurs roaming the shorelines, of freshwater lakes, and a massive sand dune desert rivaling the modern Sahara.
Nowhere are these rocks more colorfully displayed than from the edge of the Mesa de los Viejos and an overlook simply called Rim Vista. The hike to the vista climbs from the red mudstones of the Chinle Formation to the top of the Dakota Sandstone, a climb through time of almost 100 million years. Little shade is available on this route, making it ideal in spring, fall, or winter, but to be avoided in summer."