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Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness

Photo: Sherman Hogue, BLM, Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness (Some rights reserved)

Spotlight on the Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness in northwestern New Mexico.

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BLM: The Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness is a rolling landscape of badlands which offers some of the most unusual scenery found in the Four Corners Region. Time and natural elements have etched a fantasy world of strange rock formations made of interbedded sandstone, shale, mudstone, coal, and silt. The weathering of the sandstone forms hoodoos – weathered rock in the form of pinnacles, spires, cap rocks, and other unusual forms. Fossils occur in this sedimentary landform. Translated from the Navajo language, Bisti (Bis-tie) means “a large area of shale hills.” De-Na-Zin (Deh-nah-zin) takes its name from the Navajo words for “cranes.”

Kialo Winters of Navajo Tours USA: Bisti (Bis-tie) is actually spelled and pronounced in Dine (Navajo) as Bis-di. ‘Di’ means ‘at’ in reference to ‘a location.’

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  • What would locals like others know about the area?
  • What is the status of travel and tourism in the area?
Bisti Arch

Special Rules

  • Since this is a Wilderness Area, it is closed to motorized vehicles and mechanical forms of transportation (mountain bikes included).
  • Also prohibited are campfires, collecting fossils or petrified wood, climbing on delicate geologic features, traveling in groups of more than eight people, and trespassing on adjacent tribal lands.
  • Permits are required for uses such as grazing, scientific research, and commercial guiding.

Elsewhere on the Web
Flickr Slideshow – BLM

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Bisti Arch
Destroyed. The iconic Bisti Arch was destroyed last week by vandals. Responsible travel, trail etiquette is required when moving through the Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness. Please DO NOT climb any delicate features.

Bisti Hills

Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness




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