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“Take time to explore”

Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness
Ranked #1 of 15 things to do in Farmington
Certificate of Excellence
Angelholm, Sweden
Level 3 Contributor
19 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Take time to explore”
Reviewed March 26, 2014

Amazing otherwordly place, a real wilderness experience. Can be easy to get lost, so we recommend going there on a guided tour with the people at Salmon Ruins "Into the Past" tours

Visited March 2014
3 Thank Zara13
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Phoenix, Arizona
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228 reviews
95 attraction reviews
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“Like seeing another world (Bisti)”
Reviewed March 16, 2014

I like the way the badlands look and I have seen a few but Bisti is by far the best looking and more to offer in what to see. Even though it is large, take alot of water and enjoy what you see.....especially the "wings" and "cracked eggs" sections......I have not seen anything like those and I have traveled almost all of my life. You wont be disappointed!!!!

Visited March 2014
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St. Joseph
Level 5 Contributor
53 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“Hidden gem!”
Reviewed March 7, 2014 via mobile

Surreal landscape everywhere around you- you'll think you're on another planet. We spent a couple hours climbing the hills and taking in the beauty. The hoodoos in the area are really cool. I've been here twice and definitely recommend parking in the area that isn't labeled. The northern approach is via a less-used track (county road 7293), forking off NM 371 just south of milepost 73 and joining road 7000 near the remains of a settlement associated with the old Bisti Trading Post. The closest parking area is a short distance northeast, on mud flats beside the fence marking the wilderness boundary. Enjoy!

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Farmington, New Mexico, United States
Level 2 Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Must See!”
Reviewed March 4, 2014

Bisti Badlands should be on your must see, must hike list! With roughly 60 square miles to explore, you can visit often and never see the same thing twice. I have been exploring the Bisti for years now and am continually surprised by it's unique beauty and ability to recharge my soul. Nothing like a breathtaking sunrise, unique landscapes and massive blue skies to set things right! Water, camera, sunscreen, GPS or compass and desire to explore are essential. We were a bit intimidated at first as the area is remote and cell phone service is patchy at best - but quickly learned that common sense and exploring out and back from the wash will keep you from getting lost until you feel more adventurous.

Visited February 2014
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Voecklabruck, Austria
Level 6 Contributor
542 reviews
264 attraction reviews
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“Hoodoos and deserted badlands”
Reviewed March 1, 2014

The Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness area covers roughly 60 square miles of remote badlands south of Farmington, New Mexico. Bisti is the smaller component of a wilderness area that includes also the much larger De-Na-Zin Wildeness. They are administered by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).

Little visited and largely unknown, the Bisti Badlands is an amazingly scenic and colorful expanse of undulating mounds and unusual eroded rocks. Visitors may think this is an alien planet, but it is a landscape like no other. The elements have created unusual formations in this otherwise barren landscape, formations that are as bizarre as they are incredibly beautiful, like the numerous hoodoos or the "Cracked Eggs".

The wilderness was once a coastal swamp of an inland sea and it was home to many large trees, reptiles, dinosaurs and primitive mammals. Today visitors find a true and isolated desert. There are no marked trails and it easy to get confused or lost. A GPS is really helpful, because most hikes are 2 to 5 miles round trip.

When visiting Bisti in summer the best time to travel is in the early morning, because in July starts the annual monsoon season with daily thunderstorm at afternoon. And when muddy the way back to the trailhead is very difficult.

Visited August 2013
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