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súper cool área! very hard to find trail. ended up just walking around, but worth the pit stop!

29 days ago

If you are a photographer, you already know about this surreal location. Famous photo ops include the Alien Egg Hatchery, the Bisti Wings, the Brown Hoodoos, Vanilla Hoodoos, Conversing Hoodoos, Manta Ray Wing and more petrified wood logs than you can imagine.Great location for nightime Milky Way photography too. Take a GPS to help you find the spots and to find your way home after dark.
No trails, bathrooms, water or food. Bring your GPS and leave no trace!

1 month ago

My mind was blown. I did lose my track for about an hour and you can get turned around fairly easily. Bring plenty of water and GPS if you can. Felt like you were on another planet.

Beautiful trail and awesome weather

Short hike out to view the cliff dwellings with a toddler. Also spotted a black bear in the creek below us which was really neat!

Great views of Durango.

2 months ago

Beautiful. Definitely a sunrise or sunset hike, show case the beautiful bisti desert. Just a word of advice, the road this app has you follow is on gas pump roads and kinda ruff, although our Chrysler van made it. But that leads you to the base of the peak but climbing up to the rim is not an easy hike, we actually had to turn around because of little ones in our group. But if you follow road signs just 10 minutes south of where the app tells you to turn off the main highway, that is where you can be on top and do easier hiking. Lots of hidden short caves on the floor of the valley. And fun back roads if that is what you are planning.

3 months ago

It so cool here! In the two hours I hikes there I didn't see any other people. It's like a death place. No human. No animals. You can only see the peculiar badlands and the rocks with patterns.

mountain biking
3 months ago

This is a nice paved (cement and asphalt) trail following along the Animas River. The trail is wide and not difficult at all as there are only a couple of mild inclines along the way. It gives a nice look at Durango from ground level. I gave it a four due to its ease but also that it is a nice tour through Durango. We biked from 32nd ave on the north end to the south end just south of the new water treatment plant being built. We then walked from 32nd north to the end of the trail which is less than a mile and not worth doing.

Easy walk for some pretty views. Overall not as scenic.

Quick and easy walk to the lookout point with some great views of the mesa. Pretty straight forward and flat, parking at the trailhead and not many people on the trail, which separates into a small loop towards the end.

Quick trail and you can see the cliff dwellings.

5 months ago

This one is off the beaten path. We say one couple. The trail is a loop and when you get to the turn around point you will think you are in a Star Wars movie set. It is absolutely amazing and worth the 3 hrs. Don't pass this one up. Bring water as there is nothing out there.

A bit scary climbing up, but worth every minute.

5 months ago

A whimsical and ethereal collection of hoodoos and twisted geology. The egg factory is surreal, especially near sunset as the golden light really brings out the patterns on these bizarre features. The petrified wood was a real surprise. I can across one large log and numerous smaller sections. There were shards of petrified wood scattered everywhere. Great place to wander.

Nice flat trail. Not very long. Great views. Saw a rattlesnake during our hike so be careful.

Vey easy trail, would not even call it a hike. Awesome view of Balcony House and the canyon, not much else. Should take around a half hour to complete.

6 months ago

I love this place. I felt like I was walking around on another planet. Such a wonderful experience, and I cannot wait to go back.

I love that there are well beaten paths, and landmarks to go see, but I feel it's such a treat to be able to walk anywhere you want at Bisti.

6 months ago

Nice views at the end of the trail. Bring your binoculars!

6 months ago

Easy out and back trail. Not much along the trail itself. A little up and down but not much. The view is so-so if you've just seen Cliff Palace, which we did so these ruins were not as spectacular. Then, some views of the canyons.

This hike is pretty easy, and it took less than 30 minutes. It has a good lookout to some of the dwellings.

230 miles of Pure beauty. Start early, as you will want to stop for many pictures and a lunch, weather a picnic or stopping at an eatery. I highly recommend Baked in Telluride. All homemade and very reasonably priced.

7 months ago

A short backcountry hike in Chaco Canyon, with breathtaking rewards...

The Pueblo Alto trail starts formally at Kin Kletsin which is a short walk from the Pueblo del Arroyo parking lot. It can be hiked as an out & back, or a longer teardrop route.

The beginning of the trail is a steep climb up the northwest side of the canyon, and is somewhat exposed before entering a narrow slot. It quickly reaches the canyon rim, and takes off southeast to contour the canyon, heading to a dramatic overlook of Pueblo Bonito. There are several interesting features to see along the way; watch for wooden park signs pointing them out.

Turning northward, the path climbs at a more leisurely pace, ascending to the Pueblo Alto and New Alto ruins with an expansive view of the canyon below. Directly south on the top of South Mesa, lies Tsin Kletsin, and to the northwest-west, is Peñasco Blanco, the two other clifftop great houses of Chaco Canyon.

This hike was easy enough to bring my eleven year old Vizsla along, but even in April, it's important to carry a couple of liters of water as the trail is primarily in the open sun and can be quite hot.

Returning down the slot can be a challenging, especially in the exposed section, as some of the "steps" are fairly tall. Because of her age, I decided to carry the dog down some of these rather than let her jump.

All in all, a very worthwhile hike.

Beautifull. Very impressive views of a cuasi lunar/incredible landscape. Watch out that there is no trails or paths. Went with my wife and we were totally alone, If you are not carefull you can easily get lost.
Dont try to go from here to the Chaco Culture Natural Park following a GPS because the road dissappears. We managed to cross a dry river, but would not do it again without a 4x4.

Beautiful views above the ruins. You can see for 100 Miles. Going up is a bit steep and may be difficult for people with a fear of heights. This is a great hike. Simply amazing.

No actual designated trails within the Bisti Wilderness Area. You just wander among these amazing rock formations. My track is in an area accessed from the "North Trailhead" off County Road 7299 in southern San Juan County, New Mexico. There is no fee; fill out a registration permit at the trailhead. The area is generally flat with one major dry wash and a few tiny, minor washes. It is easy to become disoriented while wandering in this spectacular place, so basic navigational skills are helpful as well as a GPS device, though one could probably make do with a compass. Equestrians use this area and consequently horse droppings are seen everywhere. Depending on when you visit you may not have much company. Off limits to bicycles and motorized vehicles. Be advised, the parking area has no restrooms. Quite hot in summer, best times to visit are in spring or fall. Of course carry plenty of water and snacks. I had no cell service in this area nor anywhere nearby. There are at least three different access points to the Bisti; each one is off a different county road.

No established trail, no mark on any way. Can’t find all the interesting places they mention about. But I do have fun.

So, there's no established 'trail.' At the parking area, pass through the gate and head toward the right into the south wash. I'd recommend just doing the south wash as an out & back, exploring the hills to the right along the way. Although you can bank around counterclockwise and come back out the wash to the north, that wash and the hills around it are pretty featureless and boring. South wash is great for an afternoon exploring hoodoos hills eggs and interesting landscapes though. I took about 100 photos.

8 months ago

Chaco canyon is amazing to me and this hike just added to that amazement, I am also to grateful that dogs are allowed on this hike. The trail ascends the bluffs overlooking one of the sites at Chaco Canyon-Pueblo Bonito. The trail ascends through a crack in the bluff, and while easier than the stairways (ladders really) built into cliff walls still a fun challenging little climb. Along the trail are great overlooks of the ruins in the canyon/valley below as well as a view of Jackson Stairway, an ancient one ladder up the side of the bluff/cliff. Really amazing to contemplate all of the activity that must have existed here back in the day.

scenic driving
9 months ago

This navigated me to the bottom of the cliff rather than the topside. Still trying to figure out how to get there on this network of unmarked roads.

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