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.
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