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“Great Place but need to be a veteran hiker.”

Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness
Ranked #1 of 16 things to do in Farmington
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed August 18, 2013

The Bisti wilderness is a great place to explore for a true outdoor experience. However, I do not recommend this attraction to anyone who hasn't spent a great deal of time in the backcountry.

There are no established trails and the washes and side canyons are easy to get lost in. You should definitely bring lots of water and a compass for navigation. Having said that, the area is a very unique and a diverse part of New Mexico. The many unusual rock formations and erosion hoo doo's are delightful.

We visited the BLM office in Farmington to obtain directions and a map before venturing into this terrific wilderness. There are several ways to enter the area, but many of the old access roads are no longer open due to flooding. We entered via CR 7297 off NM 370. Check with the BLM office though for the latest access information to be safe.


4  Thank TSchenk
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Reviewed July 29, 2013

It's a wonderful spot to visit. It's better to plan ahead see how far you want to go and to determine what you really want to see. Best to not go in a car and make sure you dont' go after a really recent rain. You can find decent maps on line to point you in the right direction. best time to go is early morning. Bring water and snacks. In the summer it starts to warm up about 10 am. Its a beautiful and serene place to see the sunrise.

3  Thank alvina v
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Reviewed July 17, 2013

There are a lot of unusal rock formations to explore. Just park your car and head North and a little East to see unusual clusters of hoodoos, etc. . It is a great place to photograph hoodoos, etc.

2  Thank phxhiker
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Reviewed July 1, 2013

The bizarre scenery but didn't like so much the rocky road to the parking site and the general inaccessibility of the best hoodoos etc.

1  Thank widdowson
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Reviewed June 3, 2013

We read quite a few reviews here before we went on a 8-day New Mexico tour. We flew to Albuquerque, rent a car and visited almost all the major attractions, from White Sand, Carlsbad Cavern, Tent Rocks, Taos Pueblo, Rio Grande Gorge, Old Town, even Mesa Verde, CO. They were all beyond our expectation and would have us go back to visit again. Bisti/De-Na-Zin on the other hand was a disappointment. Before the trip we had all the maps printed out and consider it as the highlight of all of our tour spots. However, when we drove from Farmington southward on Hwy 371 (in New Mexico, you find great highways but all of them with poor signs), 36 miles later, we did find sign saying "Access to Wilderness" and no signs indicating Road 7295 as said in reviews. After 1/2 hour of "trial and error" and driving back and forth ( there were two wrong signs misdirecting you). In the end we found an unpaved gravel road on the east side and drove for a mile and made another turn and drove another mile to reach the parking lot. There are two parking lots and found only a few vehicles parking there with no visitors in sight. Looking out, we did see some erosional rocks and dunes which are a bit of unique but not at all anywhere as striking as any other rock formations as I know. There was a bob wires fencing around from parking area which left impression that the area might be restricted for visitors. Later we found one car arrived at the parking and a family came with camping gears. They told us that we might cross the wired fence and venture further out to the wildness which we did. We walked more than one mile into the wilderness and there were nothing as described as in the review. We even climbed up to the top of the dunes, but looking out for miles with 30X extended lens, nothing unique were spotted. If you are an enthusiast and would spend days or weeks to explore it, we would recommend to give a try. However, if you were like us, only for a short time sight-seeing, you would find it a lot more rewarding by visiting Tent Rock National Park, White Sand or Carlsbad Cavern which are truly astonishing and amazing. Otherwise, don't visit Bisti without a guide.

10  Thank Edward L
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