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Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness New Mexico

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The Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness is a rolling landscape of badlands which offers some of the most unusual scenery found in the Four Corners Region.  Time and natural elements have etched a fantasy world of strange rock formations made of interbedded sandstone, shale, mudstone, coal, and silt.  The weathering of the sandstone forms hoodoos – weathered rock in the form of pinnacles, spires, cap rocks, and other unusual forms.  Fossils occur in this sedimentary landform.  Translated from the Navajo language, Bisti (Bis-tie) means “a large area of shale hills.”  De-Na-Zin (Deh-nah-zin) takes its name from the Navajo words for “cranes.”

Special Rules
• Since this is a Wilderness Area, it is closed to motorized vehicles and mechanical forms of transportation (mountain bikes included).
• Also prohibited are campfires, collecting fossils or petrified wood, climbing on delicate geologic features, traveling in groups of more than eight people, and trespassing on adjacent tribal lands.
• Permits are required for uses such as grazing, scientific research, and commercial guiding.

What to Photograph:

The rock formation at Bisti Wilderness are look like something from another planet offering unending opportunities for unique photos.

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Best Time to Visit

The best times to visit are in the spring and in the fall when the temperatures are cooler.  The temps can reach over 100 degrees during the summer and the sun reflecting off the sand can make it even hotter.  Temps can change by 50 degrees from sunrise till noon making dressing in layers very important and be sure to take plenty of water, there is no water available.

Getting There:

Bisti Access Parking
To reach the Bisti Access Parking Area, Drive NM 371 just under 36 miles south of Farmington (from the San Juan River crossing) or just under 45 miles north of Crownpoint, New Mexico (from the intersection of 371 and Navajo Service Route 9), and turn east on Road 7297 (a gravel road).  Drive Road 7297 for approximately 2 miles to a T-intersection and turn left.  Drive just under one mile to the Bisti Access Parking Area, which is just south of a broad wash on the east side of the road.  There is another, smaller parking area ¼ mile further north.  As this is a wide-open badland formation with little vegetation, there is no trail; visitors may walk into the area in many directions to explore.  You will need to keep track of your surroundings to find your way back to your vehicle.

De-Na-Zin Trailhead
To reach the De-Na-Zin access, Drive NM 371 approximately 43¾ miles south of Farmington, New Mexico (from the San Juan River crossing) or approximately 37¼ miles north of Crownpoint, New Mexico (from the intersection of 371 and Navajo Service Route 9), and turn east on County Road 7500.  Drive approximately 13¼ miles on Road 7500 to the De-Na-Zin parking area (on the left side of the road).  Alternatively, drive US 550, 4 miles north of NM 57, and turn west onto County Road 7500.  Drive approximately 11¼ miles to the De-Na-Zin parking area (on the right side of the road).  A trail leads from the parking area approximately ¾ mile to the De-Na-Zin Wash, from where visitors walk in many directions to explore.  You will need to keep track of your surroundings to find your way back to the trail and your vehicle.

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Maps:

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Bisti Map

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Cost:

There are no fees for this area.

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Facilities:

There are no facilities here, this is a Wilderness Area.

 Links:

Bisti Hiker  A very complete site with detailed information.

BLM Webpage 

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Location Contact Information:

Farmington Field Office
Bureau of Land Management
6251 College Blvd. Suite A
Farmington, NM  87402

(505) 564-7600
(800) 842-3127
(505) 564-7608 FAX

Nearest City or Town:

 Farmington New Mexico

 


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