They don’t get their name for nothin!!!
We were there in March – I can’t even begin to think how miserably hot this place would be in the summer heat. No shade. No water… pretty damn rough place!
Took a little bit of an effort to get out to it… but it was really worth it!
I was fortunate to be able to visit a remarkable place in northwestern New Mexico last month – the Bisti Badlands.
What a truly remarkable place it was! At first glance, after you park in the designated parking lot, it’s a flat, dried up ancient riverbed and following the old watercourse itself makes for fairly easy, flat walking.
It doesn’t take long, however, to start exploring the side canyons of the place and it’s there that the magic is found. Bisti is definitely not a place for someone who’s unfamiliar with reading a map, using a compass and GPS; if you don’t know how to do those things, there’s a good chance that you’ll wind up a statistic in the confusing jumble of canyons and side canyons.
It’s a bit of a hike (my buddy and I walked about 7 miles total) and I damn sure wouldn’t attempt it in the heat of the summer. But for a winter hike…. it’s pretty sweet!
What?? This can’t be…. it’s been a full month since I last posted!!???
In my defense… I was in the backcountry of New Mexico for a week… then got sick for a week…. and now I’m trying to play catch up!
Had a fantastic time in New Mexico, as usual – I’ll be sharing images from this trip for a while!!