Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness, Farmington

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The Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness is a 45000acre 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.
Translated from the Navajo word, Bisti means "among the adobe formations." De-Na-Zin, from Navajo, 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.
The 1977 film Sorcerer, directed by William Friedkin, filmed one climactic scene on location in the Bisti badlands.
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  • Kialo and Terri (K and T) were our guides on a cold, cloudy day where temps didn't rise above 41 (and we even had some snow). And, it was a great tour (just dress warmly--we had winter coats, hats and...  more »
  • We have been to “the Bisti” many times. Our kids, from 1 to 17, love looking in the dirt to see Dino bones and petrified logs. Dirt caves and small arches are fun. The hoodoos are unique and beautiful...  more »
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  • Really worth the visit. Just take your time and bring good shoes!
  • Great place to go hiking! Just need a better translation for its Chinese tho

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