The Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness is about 100 miles northeast of Gallup, New Mexico. It is very similar to the badlands/painted desert area in northwest Arizona, in the vicinity of Petrified Forest National Park. What sets Bisti apart are the very unusual “hoodoos” that have been formed by erosion and weathering. Softer sedimentary rock has been eroded away from beneath the more resistant layers above, leaving large and oddly-shaped caps atop the softer rock. The pictures tell the story! It was a truly eerie place to wander around at sunset and in the moonlight. Unfortunately, I got rained out after a couple of days. Once the ground gets wet it is a true quagmire, due the large amount of eroded mudstone dirt covering the area.
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