The Ah-Shi-Sle-Pah Badlands

The Ah-Shi-Sle-Pah Badlands are located approximately 2.5 hours from Albuquerque in northwestern New Mexico (in San Juan County between Chaco Canyon and the De-Na-Zin Wilderness). They are “the hoodoo king of the nine San Juan Basin badlands.” Ah-Shi-Sle-Pah has the typical multicolored, layered sedimentary rocks eroded by wind and water into Dr. Seuss-like shapes and hoodoos. At times the terrain resembles the lunar or Martian surface. Shade is almost non-existent as is plant or animal life. Petrified wood hints at very different environmental conditions in the distant past.

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Blog: The Story of New Mexico: The Ah-Shi-Sle-Pah Badlands

Posted: January 30, 2012

 

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