In mid-March, we needed a getaway. So, even though the weather was still a little cold - we took off after work on a Thursday and headed to Bisti Wilderness. Since we got a late start, we stayed the first night at the Apache Nugget Travel Center and Casino on Highway 550 about 22 miles west of Cuba, New Mexico. They have parking for truckers and a big gravel lot perfect for rvers. It was quiet and the perfect stop for a quick overnight.
There are two ways to approach Bisti. One is via Farmington and other is the way we approached off of 550. We've driven the road to Chaco Canyon, so we knew our NV could make it, but the road is very rough washboard. What added to the fun, was the huge wind and dust storm that hit just as we left the main highway.
Here are the official directions from the BLM website.
To reach the Bisti Access Parking Area, Drive NM 371 just under 36 miles south of Farmington (from the San Juan River crossing) or just under 45 miles north of Crownpoint, New Mexico (from the intersection of 371 and Navajo Service Route 9), and turn east on Road 7297 (a gravel road). Drive Road 7297 for approximately 2 miles to a T-intersection and turn left. Drive just under one mile to the Bisti Access Parking Area, which is just south of a broad wash on the east side of the road. There is another, smaller parking area ¼ mile further north.
GPS location of main parking lot: 36.259337, -108.251550
|First of two parking lots at Bisti De-Na-Zin Wilderness Area|
|Our first hoodoo|
|You get the feeling you are on a different planet at Bisti|
|Dino - no monkeys were harmed in the making of this picture|
|We discovered one of the big petrified wood piles|
|This delicate slice of petrified wood was so beautiful|
|Till next time, Bisti|
Here is a link to a good guide with GPS locations of interesting geology at Bisti: http://www.bistihiker.com/hike-1-basic-introduction-to-bisti.html
Please remember that it is illegal to remove anything from this land. We need to leave it all in place so that other's may enjoy this incredible place in the future.