The Bisti Badlands

The 41,170-acre Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness is located in San Juan County, about 30 miles south of Farmington, New Mexico. It is managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). Originally established in 1984, Congress combined the former Bisti and De-Na-Zin Wilderness Areas in 1996. Bisti (pronounced Bis-tie) is a Navajo word, which translates as “a large area of shale hills.” De-Na-Zin (pronounced Deh-nah-zin) takes its name from the Navajo words for “cranes.” The wilderness features steeply eroded hills and formations that offer some of the most unusual scenery in New Mexico. It was once a coastal swamp of an inland sea and was home to many large trees, reptiles, dinosaurs and primitive mammals. Today it is a true desert wilderness. There is virtually no plant or animal life, but it is amazingly scenic and colorful.

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Blog: The Bisti Badlands

Posted: March 30, 2012


Bisti Vista #1Yellow & Red HillsTracks in the Sand (Erosion at Work)The Sorting HatThe Ramp The Bar TableDefying Gravity #1Defying Gravity #2Red 'Shrooms Bisti Arch #1The ToadBisti Vista #2Rainbow RockBisti Vista #3Bisti Arch #2Bisti Arch #3The DogLooking Through Bisti Arch #3The Flying SaucerThe Alien Rock GardenBisti Vista #4Petrified Log #1Petrified Log #2Petrified Log #3The FishThe GargoylePetrified Log CaprockPetrified Log CrosscutThe Egg Factory #1The Egg Factory #2The Egg Factory #3The Egg Factory #4The Egg Factory (Detail)The Hunter's CapBisti Vista #5The Egg Factory #5The Egg Factory #6Bisti Vista #6Bisti SunsetBisti Vista #7Cloud SharkBisti Sunset Vista