Bisti Badlands Trail

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Bisti Badlands Trail is a 5.5 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Nageezi, New Mexico that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, birding, and horses and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
5.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
213 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

horseback riding

nature trips

walking

views

wild flowers

rocky

off trail

no shade

historic site

hiking
7 days 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.

hiking
2 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.

hiking
2 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.

hiking
3 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.

hiking
4 months ago

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.

5 months ago

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

hiking
5 months ago

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.

hiking
8 months ago

this is one of the most interesting hikes i have been on...not to mention the beauty

10 months ago

Very interesting easy hike. Not well marked. Some interesting hoodoos and painted mounds. Do not go after rains. Even 1 week after rains the path still had muddy areas that act like quicksand. Many wild animal prints from badgers to cats to deer. Didn’t see any but be aware they’re around. Not heavily visited. Poor signal in area. Bring water.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

no distinct trail, more difficult to follow, compass helpful, no phone service. BEAUTIFIL landscape

hiking
Friday, November 25, 2016

I love going to the Bisti. Lots of amazing rock formations. It can be hard to find the various named formations but well worth the effort!

backpacking
Wednesday, June 15, 2016

This is the northern trailhead into the wilderness and is the best to see more formations. Yet, I expected more. Great for solitude and and a nice backpack trip. Just expected more.

hiking
Thursday, October 03, 2013

It was a fun hike. Super chill and no established trail and freedom to go where ever, but remember to travel on durable terrain. Explore the petrified wood and numerous fossil. Good for children and the hole family.

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