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2018-04-28  
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Bisti Badlands, NM
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Bisti Badlands, NM 
Bisti Badlands, NM
 
Hiking avatar Apr 28 2018
adilling
Hiking4.60 Miles
Hiking4.60 Miles
 
1st trip
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This place has been on my radar for years. We were visiting friends in Gallup, NM and decided to make a quick run out to this amazing place. Mother Nature seemed to be conspiring against us, as the weather was really crazy. Windy, rainy and lightning. We decided to still make a go of it and we managed to get to about 1/4 of what I wanted to cover. Another trip will be in order to get the rest done.

The drive to the parking area is pretty basic. You are on a dirt road for a few miles, but nothing too scary. There are two lots. I was surprised to find the first lot FULL. We drove up to the auxiliary lot and found one empty spot. We also noticed there was a black wall of clouds heading our way from three sides. The wind was starting to howl as well. We decided to wait and see what happen before we hiked out. After about 45 minutes, the first wave of clouds passed over with a quick burst of rain. We decided to take a chance and sneak in a quick hike before the next batch hit.

There is no trail, but plenty of footprints to follow. Most of the hikers there before we arrived had streamed back to their trucks and cars. The ground was wet, but not too muddy. This place is basically a giant wash. There are signs of floods all over the place.

The first set of hoodoos we came across are about 1 mile in from the trailhead. The erosion is very similar to the hoodoos at Wahweap Hoodoos in Utah, near Big Water, but on a much smaller scale. Most of the hoodoos are 1-3 feet tall, compared to the massive ones in Utah. It does not take away from their awesomeness though. From that point on, it was a nice mix of hoodoos, and cliffs that look very similar to the Painted Desert or Blue Mesa from Petrified Forest. There was some petrified wood along the trail as well.

I worked my way to the "cracked eggs" area and was impressed by the formations there. The designs and shape of these were really interesting. By this time, the dark clouds had returned, and brought some lightning with them. We decided to head back before it got too nasty.

We stopped at the Bisti Arch and some other cool hoodoos on the way back. We got back to the car just in time. The skies opened up and it poured. I think we made the right choice, as my wife was not up to being soaked, muddy and possibly stuck by lightning.

We will come back to this place and give it a proper visit, along with a couple of other spots in the area.

An excellent experience for sure.
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