Bisti-De-Na-Zin Wilderness - Farmington, New Mexico - Badlands with Incredible Rock Formations

Also known as the Bisti Badlands, the Bisti-De-Na-Zin Wilderness covers 38,381 acres of BLM-administered land 36 miles south of Farmington. The area was lush with life 70 million years ago, leaving fossilized animal remains, petrified wood, "hoodoo'' rock columns, and eerie spires of red sandstone for visitors to explore today.

Photographers in particular appreciate the variety of incredible formations at Bisti. There are deeply eroded crevices, tall buttes, mushroom-like mounds, balancing rocks, canyons, dry washes, and other-worldly natural sculptures that are virtually impossible to describe.

Hikers and backpackers will find this remote region lightly visited and largely absent of trails. It is open year-round for exploration via horseback or on foot, but mountain bikes and motorized vehicles are prohibited. Primitive camping is allowed. Visitors are advised to bring plenty of water and sunscreen or hats, as shaded areas are uncommon.

The Bisti-De-Na-Zin Wilderness is under the jurisdiction of the Farmington Field Office of the Bureau of Land Management at 1235 La Plata Highway, Farmington, New Mexico 87401. The badlands can be reached via Highway 371 and taking the turn-off east across from a historic marker to a dirt road where the Bisti sign is posted. There is no charge for admission, but self-registration is requested.

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