Bisti Bandlands and De-Na-Zen Wilderness Area, New Mexico, USA

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Distance

3 miles

Elevation Gain

100 ft

Route Type

Loop

Added by Phil Konstantin

Surrealistic natural landscape forms on the Navajo Reservation.

The Bisti Badlands and the De-Na-Zin Wilderness are two amazing geological features of Northwestern New Mexico on the Navajo Reservation. The area is between Shiprock and Chaco Canyon. It is approximately 30 miles south of Farmington, NM on State Route 371. Then look toward the left for a sign for the Bisti Badlands Parking Area off Road 7297. It contains 45,000 acres of what are often called "badlands". Most of the formations are under 40 feet high. It reminded me of Monument Valley, except on a very tiny scale. You are on your own as far as walking amongst the formations. A search online can show you the locations off some of the most unusual formations. You can hike as much or as little as you like.  It also shares some similarities with Goblin Valley in Utah. There are almost no signs in the wilderness area. There is a paved road to get close to the western entrance. After that, it is dirt roads. Be extra careful during rainy or snowy weather. There are no nearby by services or water. Below is my personal video of my visit there. 

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