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Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness

Geologic Feature
Celeste Murray

ADA Accessibility Notes

While the area is visible from ADA accessible points, the nature of the hoodoos requires sure-footedness.

The Bisti wilderness is a remote and desolate area to the south of Farmington, NM. It is comprised of vast, eroded badlands, which offer some of the most striking and startling scenery of the Four Corners region. Time and erosion have created strange rock formations known as hoodoos. Walking among them is a spiritual and unexpectedly humbling experience. Bisti (Bis-tie) comes from the Navajo language and means “a large area of shale hills.” De-Na-Zin (Deh-nah-zin) means “cranes” in Navajo, and petroglyphs of cranes have been found in the wilderness area. The Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness is about 30 miles (as the raven flies) south of Farmington, NM. To reach the Bisti access off NM 371, go 36½ miles from the San Juan River crossing, take a left turn on NCM (non-county-maintained) Road 7297 and follow a gravel road for approximately 2 miles to the Bisti parking lot. This turn is about 46 miles north of Crownpoint, NM, just past the crest of the hill after crossing the Don Gleason Bridge over De-Na-Zin Wash. The De-Na-Zin parking lot and access is off County Road 7500, which connects US Highway 550 (at Huerfano Trading Post) with NM 371, 8 miles south of the Bisti access exit. It is important to note that County Road 7500 can become impassible in bad weather.

Pet Friendly Notes

Pets on leash only please.

Recreational Opportunities

Camping, hunting, hiking, wildlife-watching


Seasons Accessible

The dirt road access can be muddy and rutted after heavy rains or snows. Late summer requires extra bottles of water and sun protection.



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