Bisti Badlands

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!

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~ by Derrick Birdsall on April 15, 2015.

7 Responses to “Bisti Badlands”

  1. What a magnificent spot, Derrick. Beautiful images.

  2. Those shots are very pretty, very intriguing. Is the place they were taken close to Santa Fe?

  3. Really neat Derrick!

  4. Wow Derrick, what a fabulous landscape and how much fun getting lost in your beautiful shots!

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