Bisti Wilderness

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.” The Bisti is located 30 minutes south of Farmington, New Mexico about 1 and half hours from Durango. It is a wilderness area and no mechanized vehicles are allowed, which means no bikes, so Tracy and I decided to go for a hike. It was an unreal landscape, one we had not experienced before.

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