Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness, Farmington

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The Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness is a 45,000-acre (18,000 ha) wilderness area located in San Juan County in the U.S. state of New Mexico. Established in 1984, the Wilderness is a desolate area of steeply eroded badlands managed by the Bureau of Land Management, with the exception of three parcels of private Navajo land within its boundaries. The John D. Dingell, Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act, signed March 12, 2019, expanded the Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness by approximately 2,250 acres.
Translated from the Navajo word Bistahí, Bisti means "among the adobe formations." De-Na-Zin, from Navajo Dééł Náázíní, translates as "Standing Crane." Petroglyphs of cranes have been found south of the Wilderness. It is on the Trails of the Ancients Byway, one of the designated New Mexico Scenic Byways.
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  • ONE of the most VISUALLY STIMULATING locations in the US. If visiting the FOUR CORNER Area,the Bisti Badlands are a must.  more »
  • A wonderful place. If you like photography and the feeling that you're on Mars I would highly recommend this place. I would recommend further if you could get someone to go with you who's been before....  more »
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  • It's an amazing beautiful place but need to research before hiking. It took me 2 hours and over 2 miles to find some areas that were on the location map. Download Google Satellite and Terrain Maps also use GPS coordinates to save locations. I'll definitely go back another day to find other areas and possibly camp over night. Bring plenty of water and snacks.
  • Enjoy amazing views! There’s no trekking route; GPS is must have item, but you may be able to walk a place nobody did!

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