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Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness

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Address: NCM Road 7297, Farmington, NM 87401
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It is a vast wilderness

The Bisti is a very large area and not well organized. I found it interesting and perhaps by taking the trails you would find a lot more interesting topography. From the seat of... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The Bisti is a very large area and not well organized. I found it interesting and perhaps by taking the trails you would find a lot more interesting topography. From the seat of a car it is somewhat limited and repetitive.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This area could really do with some better signage. The roads aren't paved in many places so be aware and expect a bumpy ride in places. To appreciate this place you really have to park up and get out on foot in amongst the many weird and wonderful rock formations - it's a photographer's delight. I hadn't left myself enough... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Hiking is awesome for any skill level. The formations are inspiring. It's an unforgettable experience in raw nature.

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Essex
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We took a bit of detour to visit this. The roads are dirt roads - but we persevered as we have seen the Badlands in SD, and were hoping to see something else as spectacular. We are travelling with two kids aged 6 and 7 so we were not going to hike. We followed the designated roads. Unfortunately the road... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2016

We visited both Bisti and De-Na-Zin. They're unique in their own ways. De-Na-Zin had larger hoodoos while Bisti had clusters of smaller hoodoos. We spent a day at each place and camped out in the parking lot of Bisti. Both are places that I'd like to visit again.

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Germantown, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2016

This is a very remote region of wilderness away from the hustle and bustle of major tourist attractions. We did not get to hike because it was getting dark. Instead we went past the two lots and came to a mountain on the left. We parked there and waked about .1 miles out to a little hoodoo garden which is... More 

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Hartsdale, NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2016

This was the one place that I wanted to visit on a recent trip to Durango and northwest NM. It did not disappoint. I did a lot of homework ahead of time as I was terrified of getting lost. I was traveling with my developmentally disabled adult brother. We did not go very deep into the area as I was... More 

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Denver, CO
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016

A place in NM that I'd never been, and was not very prepared. You need to be sure you are ready to spend some time in really open places. But the hike thru this wilderness is a great visual experience. Plenty of petrified wood, fossils and a stone sculpture vista.

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St. George, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2016

We've visited a couple of times and have loved it every time. Not too far south of Farmington NM on good paved highway, then a short drive on a good dirt road to the parking lot, and then a short hike of a mile or two into the interesting formations. Hoodoos and petrified wood and rocks that resemble dinosaur eggs.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2016

If you're tired of the noisy and rude tourists in the popular national parks, consider heading out to the Bisti Badlands for a day. This was the fourth time that we explored the area, and we headed for a slightly different part of the badlands. It was in the middle of nowhere, and it took eagle eyes to find the... More 

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