The Bisti Badlands
Welcome to the Bisti Badlands!
This exquisite area covers roughly over 60 square miles of hiking land, just south of Farmington!
The wilderness out here features steeply eroded hills and formations that offer some of the most unusual scenery in New Mexico, so this is a must-see!
The Wilderness was once a coastal swamp of an inland sea; and was home to many large trees, reptiles, dinosaurs and primitive mammals. Take a good look around, you may find some of those bones!
What you see today is the preserved record of this swamp that is now a true desert wilderness.
Most hikes are usually a 2 to 5-mile round trip. It is best to travel in the early morning and late afternoon. There are no marked trails in the Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness and it is easy to get confused or lost. A GPS or compass is helpful and pay close attention to your surroundings. Take plenty of water, protective clothing and footwear appropriate for the season. No cell phone service is available.