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Feb 11 2018
RedRoxx44
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 Guides 5
 Photos 19,272
 Triplogs 528

female
 Joined Feb 15 2003
 outside, anywher
Bisti / De-Na-Zin WildernessNorthwest, NM
Northwest, NM
Hiking avatar Feb 11 2018
RedRoxx44
Hiking4.00 Miles 250 AEG
Hiking4.00 Miles
250 ft AEG
 no routes
Linked none no linked trail guides
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Car camped at the old TH of the main area of the Bisti; got light snow and some epic wind Sat evening. Sun morning very cold and crisp, tried to hike most of it before ground thawed into a muddy mess. It's been so many years saw some familiar stuff and off trail in new stuff, love the tiny formation areas. They have put quite a bit of gravel on the road to the TH so the tourista's don't get stuck.
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Feb 09 2018
RedRoxx44
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 Guides 5
 Photos 19,272
 Triplogs 528

female
 Joined Feb 15 2003
 outside, anywher
Bisti / De-Na-Zin WildernessNorthwest, NM
Northwest, NM
Hiking avatar Feb 09 2018
RedRoxx44
Hiking4.00 Miles 250 AEG
Hiking4.00 Miles
250 ft AEG
 no routes
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Spent more time in the De Na Zin portion of the wilderness, Fri afternoon and Sat morning. Different style of formations, lots of pet wood, and some little discoveries. One eroded area had mudstone walled slots some 30-40 feet deep, hard access due to the crumbly, sinkhole like nature of the terrain. Private land inholdings border some of the area and at one point I was probably on that. There is a use trail but most travel is in a boring wash area, although you get into some neat lower areas in the mud hills. Some really nice photographic gems here.
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Apr 25 2017
Steph_and_Blak
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 Guides 98
 Routes 59
 Photos 2,511
 Triplogs 175

70 male
 Joined Nov 21 2015
 Grand Junction,
Bisti / De-Na-Zin WildernessNorthwest, NM
Northwest, NM
Hiking avatar Apr 25 2017
Steph_and_Blake
Hiking4.00 Miles 250 AEG
Hiking4.00 Miles
250 ft AEG
 
1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
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See Hike Description.
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2 archives
Mar 08 2016
Hansenaz
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 Guides 4
 Routes 152
 Photos 6,035
 Triplogs 358

66 male
 Joined Apr 06 2005
 Phoenix, AZ
Spring Break 2016, AZ 
Spring Break 2016, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 08 2016
Hansenaz
Hiking
Hiking
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1st trip
I had one day to come up with a plan and sell it to my wife who was on break this week.

We drove up to Petrified Forest National Park and walked a loop over some of the Flattops. The route was inspired by an old (but typically elegant) post by Belladonna Took. We saw a few petroglyphs and on one of the mesa tops we saw plenty of evidence of habitation (metates and pottery pieces). No ruins though...I guess pit houses don't have stone walls and maybe the archaeologists cleaned up after their excavations. Nice walking out there, great time of year too (cool and uncrowded). We spent the night in Gallup.
[ photoset ]

Next day was Chaco Canyon. We'd not been there before and I tried to assimilate as much of the detailed info on HAZ and elsewhere in making the plan. Best I could come up with was start at outlier ruin Kin Bineola then head to "downtown" Chaco. Navigating the roads is every bit as hard as the reports say. We traveled with little confidence and were surprised when we saw the Kin Bineola sign. Unfortunately the sign said "closed". The road was washed out and Chaco Rangers later told us a dam broke two years ago and it's not clear if or when Kin Bineola will reopen.

We looped north through Nageezi and arrived at Chaco Canyon National Historical Park about 3.5hrs after leaving Gallup....slow start. Nice visitor center and we decided to use our time by walking the Penasco Blanco Trail which passes the famous super nova pictograph and reaches an "unrestored" ruin on a mesa above Chaco Canyon. It also parallels (~200' apart) the Petroglyph Trail which is an offshoot nearer the rock wall; so we walked that trail on the way up and looked at a lot of petroglyphs. Unfortunately the soft rock also has a lot of modern vandalism.
The ruin was great, no one there!, and nice temperatures. The trail is a little bit sandy. Spent the night in Farmington.
[ photoset ]
[ gps route ]

Next day we headed down to the "Bisti Badlands". Again HAZ info and a conversation with Tibber helped cement this plan. There are no trails but it seems everyone loads the same waypoints so you can see tracks most of the way. We really enjoyed this place. Not so different from Petrified Forest country but a bit more spectacular. Very nice walking on hard flat ground. We saw only 3 other people out there. Headed home in time for dinner with our daughter.
[ photoset ]
[ gps route ]
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Sep 27 2015
tibber
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 Guides 21
 Routes 574
 Photos 25,704
 Triplogs 843

63 female
 Joined Feb 26 2004
 Phoenix, AZ
Bisti / De-Na-Zin WildernessNorthwest, NM
Northwest, NM
Hiking avatar Sep 27 2015
tibber
Hiking4.86 Miles 122 AEG
Hiking4.86 Miles   4 Hrs   9 Mns   1.17 mph
122 ft AEG
 
no photosets
1st trip
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writelots
Our afternoon Lunar Eclipse hike on Sunday, Sept 27th 2015. Earlier in the day we drove down to De Na Zin and hiked around thru there until it got too warm. We came back to camp and sat under the tarp until a little later in the afternoon to take out for our hike to set up for the Lunar Eclipse.

It was still a little warm but a small breeze kept the sweat at bay for the most part. All 6 of us headed out across the plain of the Bisti Wilderness not sure where we would end up but we veered SE. We found the formation called the Picnic Tables and revisited some places we had been earlier in the day. Our next stop would be the Cracked Eggs section. It was hard to stay out of the pictures because of the long shadows being cast by our bodies. The sun was starting to set and the yellow hue being cast by its rays was quite substantial.

Next it was over to see the arch that appears bigger than it is in pictures but it's actually quite small. There were several other folks gathered here trying to get the perfect shot; a few even on their bellies. You can actually frame up a little mountain thru the eye of the arch.

From there I think we ended up veering south looking for a perch to set upon with a nice backdrop for the eclipse. We finally settled on an elevated area with part of the Badlands in our foreground. It was a grand experience to be out in the mystiqueness of the Bisti during this moment :y: . I don't have a very fancy camera of course but I was able to get one pretty good shot and I did film just a bit.

Lunar Eclipse afternoon Video and Pictures (didn't always use youtube stabilizer - feel free to let me know what you think). Sometimes I think it depends on what size screen you watch the videos or how close you are to the screen as to whether a stabilizer is of more value or not.
Part 1 https://youtu.be/dN ... 3E4A
Part 2 https://youtu.be/D6 ... xz0c
Part 3 to the Arch, cracked eggs https://youtu.be/QH ... -YBQ
Part 4 Lunar Eclipse https://youtu.be/EE ... Tl30 without the youtube stabilizer
Part 4 Lunar Eclipse https://youtu.be/OB ... EQwc with the youtube stabilizer
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Oh, and once in awhile, don't forget to look back at the trail you've traveled.
Sep 27 2015
tibber
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 Guides 21
 Routes 574
 Photos 25,704
 Triplogs 843

63 female
 Joined Feb 26 2004
 Phoenix, AZ
De-Na-Zin/Bisti Wilderness, NM 
De-Na-Zin/Bisti Wilderness, NM
 
Hiking avatar Sep 27 2015
tibber
Hiking3.12 Miles 268 AEG
Hiking3.12 Miles   3 Hrs   2 Mns   1.64 mph
268 ft AEG   1 Hour   8 Mns Break
 
no photosets
1st trip
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writelots
2-2-16 Catching up on trip logs; this one from Sept 27th. This was part of our 3 day weekend in New Mexico. On the second morning we drove to De-Na-Zin south of where we were. There isn't much written about this part of the badlands but we were intrigued. We found the trailhead okay... which reminds me, I did load the the drive route from just before coming off the road from our camp site up at Bisti (Rd 7295 just before you hit the pavement on 371) to the TH [ gps route ] .

You walk an old road for a bit before dipping into a canyon drainage. We would later discover a bit of a cairned trail on our way out but we ended up making a loop by veering left in the drainage, up and over some hills, around a corner into the wash area and back to the drainage and up and over and around another corner before heading back and up and over two hills to the road where we started. Did you follow that ;)?

We found lots of cool things to see along the way and just enjoy the solitude of walking in this ancient place. The highlights were the petrified tree logs :DANCE: , they were ginormous I thot and the limestone rock tubes that had encircled some of those petrified trees where they had fallen. Walking in the drainages was cool too with the beautifully colored layers of mountains you could see near and far.

We had a break near a juniper. It was starting to get a little warm so we headed back to the TH. On the drive back we were trying to find this area I had some waypoints for that included some neat features but after driving around we never did find it. So we went back to our Bisti camp where it was also quite hot. Be forewarned, the afternoons are warm so you may want to bring a tarp to hang for shade.

I thot we had hiked more miles but apparently not. You can make this a much longer hike bistihiker.com/de-n ... html

Here are the videos that also include the pictures:
1 https://youtu.be/YX ... N4Ko
2 https://youtu.be/GF ... CRZc
3 https://youtu.be/1v ... obfM
4 https://youtu.be/F7 ... uvfs
5 https://youtu.be/jr ... 4co0
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For me, sometimes it's just as much about the journey as the destination.
Oh, and once in awhile, don't forget to look back at the trail you've traveled.
Jun 19 2011
PaleoRob
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 Guides 137
 Routes 111
 Photos 5,253
 Triplogs 942

38 male
 Joined Apr 03 2006
 Grand Junction,
Bisti / De-Na-Zin WildernessNorthwest, NM
Northwest, NM
Hiking avatar Jun 19 2011
PaleoRob
Hiking3.54 Miles 74 AEG
Hiking3.54 Miles   3 Hrs      1.57 mph
74 ft AEG      45 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
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Mike Mattes
Paintninaz
Randal_Schulhauser
squatpuke
Trishness
First serious hike of the HAZ Chaco Expedition 2011. We had already visited Kin Klezhin. Kin Bineola and Kin Ya'a still lay ahead after a stop in beautiful Crownpoint.
Culture
Culture
Cadastral Survey Marker
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"The only thing we did was wrong was staying in the wilderness to long...the only thing we did was right was the day we started to fight..."
-Old Spiritual
My book, The Marauders on Lulu and Amazon
Jun 19 2011
Randal_Schulha
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 Guides 71
 Routes 98
 Photos 9,967
 Triplogs 1,009

59 male
 Joined May 14 2003
 Ahwatukee, AZ
Bisti / De-Na-Zin WildernessNorthwest, NM
Northwest, NM
Hiking avatar Jun 19 2011
Randal_Schulhauser
Hiking5.33 Miles 250 AEG
Hiking5.33 Miles   3 Hrs   30 Mns   1.52 mph
250 ft AEG
 no routes
Partners partners
Mike Mattes
Paintninaz
PaleoRob
squatpuke
Trishness
Chaco/Bisti Wilderness Experience 2011

Chaco Culture National Historical Park Trails => http://hikearizona.com/decoder.php?ZTN=12079
Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness => http://hikearizona.com/decoder.php?ZTN=1962

4 Days, 3 Nights - bliss!
313 images later (178 on Rebel XT, 135 on 7D)

Saturday June 18, 2011
-on the road from Mike Mattes' Chandler residence @ 7am
-Phoenix to Payson to Heber to Holbrook to Thoreau to Crown Point to Chaco via south entrance
-somehow arrive at Gallo Campground first, get sites 48 and 49 in the "tents-only" alcove. Campground less than half full at 2:30pm on Saturday afternoon. Estimate about 80% full come the end of the day.
-Trish (aka Trishness) and Tracy (aka Paintninaz) arrive and get site 40 since only 2 tents per site are allowed...
-Larry the Lost (aka squatpuke) arrives with daughter Rebecca (aka ???)
-time for our first trek, Chaco Canyon Overlook Trail that starts at the Gallo Campground entrance => http://www.explorenm.com/hikes/ChacoOverlook/
-whip up BBQ chicken drumsticks with corn-on-the-cob and S'mores to feed the masses. Rebecca wins the best comment; "Hey Dad, this is way better than some granola bars for dinner".
-Rob (aka PageRob) arrives at sundown
-too many choice beers to be "slumming it" with a Caguama
-Camp fire discussion eventually (inevitably?) gets around to "MAN CORN" => viewtopic.php?t=5356

Sunday June 19, 2011
-Chef Mike starts the day with our traditional Prickly Pear Vodka & Orange Juice before cooking the bacon and eggs over-easy.
-7 HAZ'ers pile into Rob's Explorer and Mike's Jeep for backcountry ride to our first Chacoan Outlier, Kin Klizhin => http://hikearizona.com/decoder.php?ZTN=15545
-carry on through the backcountry to the "sand trap" area => http://hikearizona.com/photo.php?ZIP=143366 that became a turnaround point for us last year.
-"sand trap", "smand trap"! No problem for Mike's 4WD Jeep and Rob's 4WD Explorer as we push through to Lake Valley Chapter House and up NM371 to CR7297 (turn off near mile marker 70 on NM371) and the Bisti Wilderness trail head
-I'm very surprised to see multiple vehicles at the TH. This is my 3rd trek into the Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness and the first time I've ever seen another human!
-equipped with some Bisti tips from Letty and Laurent Martres' handbook "Photographing the Southwest", we start to walk up the South Hunter Wash noting the barbed wire fence on the north side
-when the barbed wire fence bends 90 degrees to the north, we angle ourselves in a northeast direction towards some fanciful coloured formations and into an area noted as "Stone Wings" on the Bisti Wilderness map
-we eventually make our way into the North Hunter Wash before finding a promising looking canyon with some shady walls to sit and have a lunch snack
-we continue our lasso loop back to the 90 degree bend in the barbed wire fence
-noting the crew is looking a little "spent", the "Cracked Eggs" area recommended by Letty will have to wait for a future adventure
-we head south along NM371 and the turnoff for Lake Valley Chapter House.
-a couple of miles south lies the turnoff for Kin Bineola => http://hikearizona.com/decoder.php?ZTN=15425
-by far my favorite Chacoan Greathouse Ruin and Chacoan Outlier!
-exploration of 3 southerly middens yields 6 inch pottery sherds and multiple handles
-a green collared lizard amuses us as it tries to protect it's midden territory
-after thorough exploration, on to Crown Point to pick up some ice and supplies
-back in cell phone coverage, some "Happy Father's Day" texts trickle in
-take advantage of the coverage to give my Dad a call
-a little south and east of Crown Point lies Kin Ya'a => http://hikearizona.com/decoder.php?ZTN=15536
-this is a lesser appreciated outlier, but still worthy of exploration for it's ample middens and Chacoan roads
-evening menu featuring BBQ steak, mushrooms, onions, sweet gherkin pickles, French bread, and our camp fire standby dessert, S'mores!
-wind kicks up even more followed by a rain storm forcing us to retreat to our tents (or vehicles for some) to call it a night.

Monday June 20, 2011
-Chef Mike starts the day again with our traditional Prickly Pear Vodka & Orange Juice before cooking up his famous chocolate chip pancakes.
-Trish and Tracy plan to trek the Penasco Blanco Trail to see the "Supernova" Pictograph => http://hikearizona.com/decoder.php?ZTN=1672
-for the remaining HAZ 5, our goal is the last remaining unexplored park trail, Pueblo Alto Loop => http://hikearizona.com/decoder.php?ZTN=1284
-through "the crack" and onto the mesa overlooks of Kin Kletso, Pueblo Bonito, and Chetro Ketl
-next up is the Jackson Staircase and the Chacoan Road that heads toward Escavada Wash => http://www.nps.gov/chcu/historyculture/ ... -roads.htm
-Pueblo Alto and New Alto ruins explored
-back at the TH, the first Cag's are consumed (remember that taste is proportional to thirst and we were VERY thirsty)
-mandatory exploration of "downtown Chaco"
-Pueblo del Arroyo => http://hikearizona.com/decoder.php?ZTN=1287
-Pueblo Bonito => http://hikearizona.com/decoder.php?ZTN=1281
-Petroglyph Trail => http://hikearizona.com/decoder.php?ZTN=1282
-Chetro Ketl => http://hikearizona.com/decoder.php?ZTN=1676
-interesting reverse drive by Rob to collect Larry, Rebecca, and Mike at the Pueblo Bonito parking lot
-back to the Gallo Campground for some R&R before tackling Wijiji Trail at sunset
-explore the Gallo Campground vandalized petroglyph panels =>
-evening Ranger Program with Park Rangers Joe Fleming and G.B. Cornicopia
-the Gallo Campground is filled, but the Park Rangers indicate that they are not turning anybody away
-I notice about 5 tents populating the area around the Campground Host Site
-evening meal featuring Rob's burritos and appetizers by Trish and Tracy

Tuesday June 21, 2011
-Solstice Day in Chaco
-Trish wakes me up ~4am (yikes!)
-Waiting at the Gallo Campground Host Site for shuttle van pick-up 4:45am (yikes again!)
-Arrive at Casa Rinconada about 5:15am => http://hikearizona.com/decoder.php?ZTN=1668
-We wait for the Laguna Pueblo tribe members to finish morning prayers at the Casa Rinconada before the masses are permitted to trek up to the site
-I'm stunned by the "cluelessness" of many of the visitors as they feel compelled to walk in front of the solstice alignment window and interupt the image being photographed and videoed by others
-I'll estimate the solstice observers to be about 3x the previous years' number
-a little "glitch" waiting for the promised shuttles back to Gallo Campground
-once back at the camp, Chef Mike has jumbo breakfast sausages and waffles ready for consumption
-break camp, say our good-byes and we hit the road
-side trip to El Morro => http://hikearizona.com/decoder.php?ZTN=1295

Photos to be posted when I get a chance...
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Jun 19 2011
squatpuke
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 Guides 5
 Routes 3
 Photos 1,454
 Triplogs 166

52 male
 Joined Apr 04 2002
 Flagstaff, AZ
Bisti / De-Na-Zin WildernessNorthwest, NM
Northwest, NM
Hiking avatar Jun 19 2011
squatpuke
Hiking5.33 Miles
Hiking5.33 Miles   3 Hrs   30 Mns   1.52 mph
 no routes
1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners partners
Mike Mattes
Paintninaz
PaleoRob
Randal_Schulhauser
Trishness
Got outta Rob's truck and had no idea what I was getting myself (or my daughter) into...the hike was flat and the area desolate...can't remember seeing much fauna save colonies of ants...not even lizards....extreme place to say the least.

Several miles in, the experience turned into a freak-show...mushrooms, hoodoos, colorful badlands and Randal's photography. (That dude can shoot...where does he buy those terabyte SD cards?)

Climbed a few hills for perspective and was amazed at the vastness of this area.

It was hot and near noon at the end of our outing, shade was no where to be found...we all found our personal (and very tiny) shade holes, crawled in and took a well-needed break.

On the way out we lost Randy/Mike and Rob...Bekah and I ran back and found that PageRob had discovered some petrified bones which he believed was a ancient croc....I had a tough time thinking it wasn't a "crock", but since he's the paleontologist all I could do was wonder in awe at what this area looked like a million-billion years ago and at Rob's expertise and keen eye. (Rob brings great prospective to all his trips...LOVE hiking with that guy)
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Jun 19 2011
Trishness
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 Guides 14
 Photos 720
 Triplogs 187

60 female
 Joined May 21 2003
 Apache Junction,
Kin BineolaNorthwest, NM
Northwest, NM
Hiking avatar Jun 19 2011
Trishness
Hiking10.00 Miles 30 AEG
Hiking10.00 Miles
30 ft AEG
 no routes
1st trip
Spectacular outliers!!!! Great group!! Loved all the ruins.
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Trish-Kabob

"May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds" Ed Abbey
1 archive
Jun 18 2011
Randal_Schulha
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 Guides 71
 Routes 98
 Photos 9,967
 Triplogs 1,009

59 male
 Joined May 14 2003
 Ahwatukee, AZ
Chaco Culture National Historical Park TrailsNorthwest, NM
Northwest, NM
Hiking avatar Jun 18 2011
Randal_Schulhauser
Hiking10.00 Miles
Hiking10.00 Miles
 no routes
Chaco/Bisti Wilderness Experience 2011

Chaco Culture National Historical Park Trails => http://hikearizona.com/decoder.php?ZTN=12079
Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness => http://hikearizona.com/decoder.php?ZTN=1962

4 Days, 3 Nights - bliss!
313 images later (178 on Rebel XT, 135 on 7D)

Saturday June 18, 2011
-on the road from Mike Mattes' Chandler residence @ 7am
-Phoenix to Payson to Heber to Holbrook to Thoreau to Crown Point to Chaco via south entrance
-somehow arrive at Gallo Campground first, get sites 48 and 49 in the "tents-only" alcove. Campground less than half full at 2:30pm on Saturday afternoon. Estimate about 80% full come the end of the day.
-Trish (aka Trishness) and Tracy (aka Paintninaz) arrive and get site 40 since only 2 tents per site are allowed...
-Larry the Lost (aka squatpuke) arrives with daughter Rebecca (aka ???)
-time for our first trek, Chaco Canyon Overlook Trail that starts at the Gallo Campground entrance => http://www.explorenm.com/hikes/ChacoOverlook/
-whip up BBQ chicken drumsticks with corn-on-the-cob and S'mores to feed the masses. Rebecca wins the best comment; "Hey Dad, this is way better than some granola bars for dinner".
-Rob (aka PageRob) arrives at sundown
-too many choice beers to be "slumming it" with a Caguama
-Camp fire discussion eventually (inevitably?) gets around to "MAN CORN" => viewtopic.php?t=5356

Sunday June 19, 2011
-Chef Mike starts the day with our traditional Prickly Pear Vodka & Orange Juice before cooking the bacon and eggs over-easy.
-7 HAZ'ers pile into Rob's Explorer and Mike's Jeep for backcountry ride to our first Chacoan Outlier, Kin Klizhin => http://hikearizona.com/decoder.php?ZTN=15545
-carry on through the backcountry to the "sand trap" area => http://hikearizona.com/photo.php?ZIP=143366 that became a turnaround point for us last year.
-"sand trap", "smand trap"! No problem for Mike's 4WD Jeep and Rob's 4WD Explorer as we push through to Lake Valley Chapter House and up NM371 to CR7297 (turn off near mile marker 70 on NM371) and the Bisti Wilderness trail head
-I'm very surprised to see multiple vehicles at the TH. This is my 3rd trek into the Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness and the first time I've ever seen another human!
-equipped with some Bisti tips from Letty and Laurent Martres' handbook "Photographing the Southwest", we start to walk up the South Hunter Wash noting the barbed wire fence on the north side
-when the barbed wire fence bends 90 degrees to the north, we angle ourselves in a northeast direction towards some fanciful coloured formations and into an area noted as "Stone Wings" on the Bisti Wilderness map
-we eventually make our way into the North Hunter Wash before finding a promising looking canyon with some shady walls to sit and have a lunch snack
-we continue our lasso loop back to the 90 degree bend in the barbed wire fence
-noting the crew is looking a little "spent", the "Cracked Eggs" area recommended by Letty will have to wait for a future adventure
-we head south along NM371 and the turnoff for Lake Valley Chapter House.
-a couple of miles south lies the turnoff for Kin Bineola => http://hikearizona.com/decoder.php?ZTN=15425
-by far my favorite Chacoan Greathouse Ruin and Chacoan Outlier!
-exploration of 3 southerly middens yields 6 inch pottery sherds and multiple handles
-a green collared lizard amuses us as it tries to protect it's midden territory
-after thorough exploration, on to Crown Point to pick up some ice and supplies
-back in cell phone coverage, some "Happy Father's Day" texts trickle in
-take advantage of the coverage to give my Dad a call
-a little south and east of Crown Point lies Kin Ya'a => http://hikearizona.com/decoder.php?ZTN=15536
-this is a lesser appreciated outlier, but still worthy of exploration for it's ample middens and Chacoan roads
-evening menu featuring BBQ steak, mushrooms, onions, sweet gherkin pickles, French bread, and our camp fire standby dessert, S'mores!
-wind kicks up even more followed by a rain storm forcing us to retreat to our tents (or vehicles for some) to call it a night.

Monday June 20, 2011
-Chef Mike starts the day again with our traditional Prickly Pear Vodka & Orange Juice before cooking up his famous chocolate chip pancakes.
-Trish and Tracy plan to trek the Penasco Blanco Trail to see the "Supernova" Pictograph => http://hikearizona.com/decoder.php?ZTN=1672
-for the remaining HAZ 5, our goal is the last remaining unexplored park trail, Pueblo Alto Loop => http://hikearizona.com/decoder.php?ZTN=1284
-through "the crack" and onto the mesa overlooks of Kin Kletso, Pueblo Bonito, and Chetro Ketl
-next up is the Jackson Staircase and the Chacoan Road that heads toward Escavada Wash => http://www.nps.gov/chcu/historyculture/ ... -roads.htm
-Pueblo Alto and New Alto ruins explored
-back at the TH, the first Cag's are consumed (remember that taste is proportional to thirst and we were VERY thirsty)
-mandatory exploration of "downtown Chaco"
-Pueblo del Arroyo => http://hikearizona.com/decoder.php?ZTN=1287
-Pueblo Bonito => http://hikearizona.com/decoder.php?ZTN=1281
-Petroglyph Trail => http://hikearizona.com/decoder.php?ZTN=1282
-Chetro Ketl => http://hikearizona.com/decoder.php?ZTN=1676
-interesting reverse drive by Rob to collect Larry, Rebecca, and Mike at the Pueblo Bonito parking lot
-back to the Gallo Campground for some R&R before tackling Wijiji Trail at sunset
-explore the Gallo Campground vandalized petroglyph panels =>
-evening Ranger Program with Park Rangers Joe Fleming and G.B. Cornicopia
-the Gallo Campground is filled, but the Park Rangers indicate that they are not turning anybody away
-I notice about 5 tents populating the area around the Campground Host Site
-evening meal featuring Rob's burritos and appetizers by Trish and Tracy

Tuesday June 21, 2011
-Solstice Day in Chaco
-Trish wakes me up ~4am (yikes!)
-Waiting at the Gallo Campground Host Site for shuttle van pick-up 4:45am (yikes again!)
-Arrive at Casa Rinconada about 5:15am => http://hikearizona.com/decoder.php?ZTN=1668
-We wait for the Laguna Pueblo tribe members to finish morning prayers at the Casa Rinconada before the masses are permitted to trek up to the site
-I'm stunned by the "cluelessness" of many of the visitors as they feel compelled to walk in front of the solstice alignment window and interupt the image being photographed and videoed by others
-I'll estimate the solstice observers to be about 3x the previous years' number
-a little "glitch" waiting for the promised shuttles back to Gallo Campground
-once back at the camp, Chef Mike has jumbo breakfast sausages and waffles ready for consumption
-break camp, say our good-byes and we hit the road
-side trip to El Morro => http://hikearizona.com/decoder.php?ZTN=1295

Photos to be posted when I get a chance...
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Bisti / De-Na-Zin WildernessNorthwest, NM
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An easy and casual day trip along Alamo Wash in the Bisti Wilderness / Badlands. A great place for landscape photography. The sense of perspective is skewed here as all the hoodoos are miniature size - I felt like a giant walking through most of this area
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Chaco Canyon and Bisti Wilderness Experience 2010


4 months in the making
4 days
3 nights
18 hiking trails
30 Caguama Cerveza
345 photos
1135.2 miles
Chaco Culture National Historical Park Gallo Campground as base camp
Priceless!


Having endured 4 months of "watchful waiting" (bad pun) with left eye surgery completed on 4/28 and right eye surgery completed on 5/19, I've had June 18th circled on the calendar since February. That was the date for medical clearance to get back into REAL HIKING again! For motivation I posted a 4 day weekend in Chaco Canyon incorporating the Summer Solstice plus a side trip into Bisti Wilderness on the HAZ Forum Board. There was plenty of interest, but few takers. Here's what they missed...



Day 1 - Friday June 18th - Our planned 7am departure from Chez Schulhauser's in Ahwatukee went without a hitch as Mike Mattes and my Ford F-150 trundled along AZ87 towards Payson. A coffee and gas stop in Heber and we were soon headed towards Holbrook and the I-40.

With the radio on seek to find some driving tunes; we had a wide selection of Country and Western, Country and Western, or Country and Western. We're introduced to "I'm Still a Guy" by Brad Paisley;

"When you see a deer, you see Bambi
And I see antlers on the wall...
...But I don't highlight my hair, I still have a pair
Yeah honey, I'm still a guy
Oh my eyebrows ain't plucked, there's a gun in my truck
Oh thank God, I'm still a guy"

Needless to say this became our theme song for CHACO EXPERIENCE 2010! We pulled into Gallup NM at 11:30am to grab a couple of lunch time subs and continued along the I-40 towards the Continental Divide. At Thoreau, we turn onto NM371 towards Crownpoint. Having made great time, we consult our Chaco Culture Outlier Map (see viewtopic.php?f=4&t=5111&p=55955#p56070 ) and notice Kin Ya'a marked just east of Crownpoint.

Hike #1 - Kin Ya'a Chaco Culture Outlier Ruin (1.05 miles, 1 hr) - Navajo for "Tall House", we turn at the Ikard-Newson Propane site and pass through the south gate. There's a maze-like network of crisscrossing double-tracks heading to the east. As we crest the ridge we make out the distinctive spire of the 4-story kiva... (see http://www.100megspopup.com/photo4phood ... index.html ) We bounce along in my F-150 towards the site avoiding the intermittent "sand traps". It's before 2pm and we're at our first Chacoan Great House - great way to start the 4-day weekend!

After having our fill of Kin Ya'a, we head back to NM371 north towards IR-9. I'm pleasantly surprised that IR-9 is paved as we travel 13.4 miles east looking for the abandoned trading post and derelict oil wells marking the intersection of NM57. NM57 is 19.3 miles of bone-rattling washboard that mostly parallels an ancient Chacoan Road towards the southern entry into Chaco Canyon near Fajada Butte. At the Visitor Center we have our first encounter with "Ranger Unhelpful" (aptly dubbed by PageRob). He doubts that there are any camp sites available in the Gallo Campground with this being the Summer Solstice with Zuni dancers and all, but wants to collect our $8 entry fee and $30 camp fees anyways. I pull out my annual NPS pass to get our $8 entry fee waived, but "Ranger Unhelpful" charges us anyways. He's a little annoyed when Mike points this out and I ask for a refund...

As we slowly wind our way through Gallo Campground we get a little concerned as it begins to look like every camp site is occupied. Mike spots an open one, then another, and another. Of the 49 sites in Gallo, only 6 are open at about 3pm on a Friday afternoon. We settle on Site#28 and declare it "HAZ CAMP CHACO 2010". I'm able to text a message from this location to PageRob letting him know our camp site.

Mike and I quickly assemble our tents, pop open an adult beverage and grab a seat in our camp chairs while waving to our new neighbours. We discuss a world of possibilities and decide that we'll BBQ dinner once the sun sets and try to get in a hike (or two) before then. Too bad we have such a tight schedule - NOT! (use your best Borat imitation here...).

Hike #2 - Wijijii Chacoan Great House and Petroglyph Trail (4.45 miles, 2 hr 15 min) - From the western edge of Gallo Campgrounds you pick up the trail weaving towards Chaco Wash. You're walking on a non-descript flat service road towards the ruins. Nothing of note until you arrive at the site. Barriers and the ever present "Keep Out" signs keep you away from close examination of the great house ruin. A father and son pass us heading back from the petroglyph trail. We enquire about the glyphs and they indicate that they didn't see any. Mike and I head that way and start examining what look like prospective panels. Again barriers and the ever present "Keep Out" signs keep you a "head scratching" distance away from anything of interest. Mike walks by the entire site not spotting any hint of rock art. My new found sight begins to discern some pictographs and then some glyphs. The changing light begins to amplify multiple examples of rock art.

Back at CAMP CHACO I whip up the evening grub - BBQ buffalo burgers, corn-on-the-cob, sweet gherkins, and some choice English beers. With a crackling campfire providing background "music" and stars beginning to appear in the evening sky, plus some good "eats", good beer, good company - what's not to like?

Hike #3 - Gallo to Visitor Center Stroll (3.49 miles, 2 hrs 15min) - Having received multiple tips that an Evening Ranger Lecture would be held back at the Visitor Center Observatory and in need of an after dinner "leg stretcher", Mike and I head down the road to join the rest of the campers...

Day 1 total mileage = 8.99 miles



Day 2 - Saturday June 19th - Gallo Campgrounds is buzzing with pre-dawn activity rushing off to catch the Zuni Solstice Dancers. I'm confused; summer solstice is on Monday 21st. Oh well, don't let facts get in the way of a good show... Mike is on breakfast duty grilling sausages and eggs with our traditional morning "eye-opener" - prickly pear vodka and orange juice. We soon pack the F-150 with some hiking supplies for our trek to Bisti and a couple of outliers. Our stop at the Ranger Station is a complete 180 from our Friday experience. Rangers are tripping over each other trying to help us. One heads off to the office to make copies of a new, updated map of the Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness while another talks about his plan to visit the same wilderness on Sunday. Yet another Ranger joins the conversation and answers my questions about the "lost" Fajada Butte Sun Dagger http://www.angelfire.com/indie/anna_jon ... agger.html and why it remains off limits. We'll dub these the "3 Most-Helpful Rangers"...

Hike #4 - Kin Klizhin Chaco Culture Outlier Ruin (1.49 miles, 1 hr 15min) - Navajo for "Black House", we bounce along the double-track skirting the south side of the Chaco mesas (see http://www.nps.gov/chcu/planyourvisit/k ... etrail.htm and http://gamblershouse.wordpress.com/2009 ... n-klizhin/ ). This is another tower kiva ruins very similar to Kin Ya'a. We continue west in my truck and see a nearby ruin that seems to incorporate some more recent times construction. A Navajo corral perhaps? The landscape becomes a series of sand dunes about 3 miles west of Kin Klizhin. The road begins to look impassable, especially as we can see evidence of makeshift "come-alongs" used by previous stuck vehicles. We decide to turnaround since my F-150 is only 2WD without offroad extrawide tires. Head south on NM57 to IR9 only to see a tragic rollover with EMS personnel scrambling to do what they can. NM371 takes us north towards Lake Valley Chapter House where we exit onto CR7059...

Hike #5 - Kin Bineola Chaco Culture Outlier Ruin (1.35 miles, 1 hr 30min) - Navajo for "Whirlwind House", only one word to say => WOW! This was the high-light of the trip... See http://www.100megspopup.com/photo4phood ... index.html and http://www.nps.gov/chcu/planyourvisit/u ... 202005.pdf

Hike #6 - Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness (5.83 miles, 3 hr 15min) - Navajo for "Cranes" in reference to the petroglyphs containing these bird images. See http://www.blm.gov/nm/st/en/prog/wilderness/bisti.html
We access the wilderness from the CR7500 trail head. The colours are reminiscent of Coal Mine Canyon or the Black Forest in PEFO, the mushroom rocks are reminiscent of the Paria, but the petrified wood was totally unexpected. The trek was hot, sweaty, and dusty, but the Caguama (http://www.caguamabeer.com/ ) filling the cooler took care of that!

Hike #7 - Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness (0.32 miles, 30min) - Access from the west off NM371. See http://www.takemytrip.com/064corners/06_09a.htm

With my gas gauge now indicating half a tank and not having passed a gas station all day, we decide that continuing 40 miles north to Farmington was our safest bet.

Hike #8 - Angel Peak Wilderness (0.28 miles, 20min) - Off NM550 about 15 miles south of Bloomfield on CR7175. See http://www.blm.gov/nm/st/en/prog/recrea ... _Peak.html

Back at CAMP CHACO waiting for PageRob to arrive, we meet some of our new camp neighbours. Rob arrives in the waning light. It's now time for BBQ New York Strips, corn-on-the-cob, sweet gherkins, and some choice English beers (or Caguama if you're slumming it). PageRob adds to choice beers with selections from Oak Creek and Grand Canyon Breweries. From our camp chairs we have a stellar light show. We pick out all the constellations we know and conclude that Orion's Belt must be below the horizon. After midnight, the moon sets below the horizon allowing the Milky Way to be exposed. With my new found sight, I've never seen anything like it...

Day 2 total mileage = 9.27 miles



Day 3 - Sunday June 20th - Once again Gallo Campgrounds is buzzing with pre-dawn activity, this time not to catch the Zuni Solstice Dancers (they packed up and left on Saturday), but to catch the sunrise Solstice light captured by the 7th niche in Casa Rinconada (see http://www.exploratorium.edu/chaco/HTML/rinconada.html ). We're up before 5am and decide the morning light at Pueblo Bonito will have our attention on this day...

Hike #9 - Pueblo Bonito (1.73 miles, 1 hr 15 min) - What can you say, the Chaco Grand House of Grand Houses all to ourselves. See http://www.dennisrhollowayarchitect.com ... onito.html

Rob and I are back at CAMP CHACO where Mike has prepared his specialty for breakfast - chocolate chip pancakes, grilled ham, and our traditional eye-opener - prickly pear vodka and orange juice...

Hike #10 - South Mesa Loop (5.60 miles, 3 hr 30 min) - From the Casa Rinconada trail head, we climb up South Mesa making a clockwise loop towards Tsin Kletzin (Navajo for "Charcoal Place"). See http://4cornershikesnavajo.blogspot.com ... anyon.html The trail has a "feel" to it like Grand Gulch/Cedar Mesa. At the Great House we have commanding 360 degree views. Our cell phones work and with it being Father's Day, make the call home to Dad. We make a side trek to view Weritos Rincon, remnants of a Chacoan dam...

We're back at the Casa Rinconada trail head at noon. A refreshing blast from the F-150's A/C and a minor debate about afternoon plans. Pueblo Alto Loop was on the list, but our stomachs are talking to us and there's Buffalo Burgers in the ice chest back at CAMP CHACO. Back at camp we BBQ those burgers and drain a couple of turtles (aka Caguamas).

Hike #11 - Pueblo Pintado Chaco Culture Outlier Ruin (1 mile, 1 hr 30 min) - A squalid and depressing Chapter House (quite the contrast from Lake Valley and others) with an interesting Great House Ruin. To me the high light is midden after midden containing multiple examples of large pottery sherds, Rob seemed to win his argument with the turtle (or was one of the Buffalo Burgers slightly sushi style?) and was able to give us a lesson in Chacoan pottery styles.

We have plenty of daylight remaining when we return to CAMP CHACO. The winds are a little too much as well, so we grab our camp chairs and set up in the wind shadow and shade near the Gallo Alcove Ruins http://4cornershikesnavajo.blogspot.com ... ve%20Ruins

As the sun sets, the winds die and with dual pyros Mike and Rob getting the camp fire going, I prepare some steak fajitas with corn-on-the-cob. Rob whips up an appetizer bowl of chilli and fritos. Plenty of unique beers to share. Life is good...

Day 3 total mileage = 8.33 miles



Day 4 - Monday June 21st - Once again Gallo Campgrounds is buzzing with pre-dawn activity and we're on the road about 10th in line waiting for the park gate to open at 5:30am sharp. Like a giant train, a procession of vehicles wind their way to the Casa Rinconada trail head to catch the sunrise Solstice light captured by the 7th niche.

Hike #12 - Casa Rinconada (0.5 miles, 1 hr) - It's a New Age event at the giant kiva waiting for the sunrise. http://www.exploratorium.edu/media/inde ... m=00000622
Certainly an "interesting" cross-section of life standing along the edges of the giant kiva waiting for sun to rise. Striking up some conversations I find out that just about everyone is a teacher or archeologist. There's even a large group of teachers that arrived in a "Follow The Sun" Tour Bus. Seems they are all part of an NSF funded "teacher enrichment" program headed by some archeologists. Talk to some of teachers in this program and their plans to interweave some Chaco Canyon elements into their high school programs. The Head Ranger from Chaco (neglected to write his name down, but he's been there for many years) gives a lecture to the crowd about the alignment. He certainly creates an element of doubt in the crowd when he mentions that although the niches are restored in their original positions, the light entrance window is pure speculation as it is 100% reconstruction from the 1920's (and nobody had the original architectural drawings!). Much to our relief we aren't sucked into any New Age Vortex and we are able to make our way back to the trail head and climb into the F-150 back to CAMP CHACO.

Mike looks after breakfast - oatmeal with maple syrup, home made muffins, grilled ham, and our ritual eye-opener. We break camp packing up our gear into our respective vehicles - today is getaway day. Over to the visitor center and book store for another encounter with Ranger Unhelpful. Seems that all 3 of us settle on the same book; "The Architecture of Chaco Canyon" by Stephen H. Lekson. We decide on a Tourist Speed Loop of Chaco Canyon so Rob can get some "Cag Shots".

Hike #13 - Una Vida (0.25 miles, 10 min)

Hike #14 - Hungo Pavi (0.25 miles, 10 min)

Hike #15 - Chetro Ketl (0.10 miles, 5 min)

Hike #16 - Pueblo Bonito (0.10 miles, 5 min)

Hike #17 - Kin Kletso (0.10 miles, 5 min)

Hike #18 - Pueblo del Arroyo (0.10 miles, 5 min)

We wave good bye to Rob as Mike and I head towards the South Road and NM57 towards Phoenix. I've got a 6am flight to catch on Tuesday to MSP... :wrt:

Day 4 total mileage = 1.40 miles



Four Day Total Mileage = 27.99 miles
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Entered Bisti off of 371, 3-mile drive on a gravel road in to the Bisti parking lot. Road in pretty good condition, no problems at all for my Civic. Didn't have a lot of time to spend there, but as I went into the wilderness there wasn't any trail and there wasn't a whole lot of interesting sites in the immediate vicinity around the parking lot. It did kind of remind me of Coal Mine Canyon in AZ. If going in, keep in mind there is NO trail and there are few landmarks, so be careful that you don't get lost!

Went back to the highway, and drove 7 mi. south to the De-Na-Zin entrance. This was a dirt road, though in fairly good shape. I drove around for a few miles but didn't see a lot that was interesting...looked a lot like the dusty scrub bush that I see a lot of on the Navajo Nation around Dilkon, AZ, so didn't bother to get out.
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Amazing exploration of the Bisti Badlands. We had been told that this was a very remote, deserted area, but we actually saw several groups while we were exploring and overnighting at the trailhead. Lights from various Indian settlements and a refinery were visible from the trailhead as well.

We were unable to find good maps of the area, however some of the European tourists that we ran into at the trailhead had one which was really only helpful in identifying places we wanted to see (not really for navigation to those places). Your best bet in the Bisti seems to be to head out and wander, remember where you left your car or your tent, and keep track of unique formations to steer by. It's surreal and amazing to say the least. More recommended for the fall - it was already getting too hot to enjoy this utterly shadeless landscape...
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3 day car camp, day hike exploration of this small trailess wilderness. I was lucky a brief light snow storm came through and gave wonderful clouds and gorgeous blue skies. What a place. The most photogenic place in the southwest IMO. Very cold, 6,10 and 13 degrees in the am. But made hiking nice on frozen ground. Please don't hike here when wet, soil is very fragile. I tried something different with my pics, gave them some descriptions of just words that came to mind while I was roaming around out there.
Also spent two days at Chaco, winter is the time to go there. I was the only one in the campground and toured Pueblo Bonito etc by myself; no one else was in the park. I had hoped for more snow--had only a little. Will process those pics later as I am on my way to SoCal and Anza Borrego.
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With Lynn and Tobyn on an extended July 4th weekend in New Mexico. We did get a slight respite from the 110 degree valley weather with Hi's about 90 degrees and Lo's about 60 degrees. Although Chaco Canyon was the primary objective, we also had Shiprock and the little known Bisti Badlands on our hiking list. I've been intrigued with these Badlands by some of the photos that appear in Laurent Martres book "Photographing the Southwest - Volume 2". Martres description;

"I have to admit that I love the wonderful, whimsical Bisti Badlands. It's an extraordinary location, very remote and not particularly well documented, so the place sees very few visitors and coveys a great feeling of solitude. I have been there three times, in three different directions, and have found new exciting image opportunities every time."

That was enough of a description to hook me! From our base camp at the Holiday Inn in Farmington NM, we headed out late in the day, about 5:00 pm. From the intersection of Hwy 64 and Hwy 371, drive 36 miles south on Hwy 371. At mile 36, you will encounter a historical marker on the west side of the road indicating "Bisti Wilderness" and County Road 7290 on the east side. Take CR7290 about 2 miles to enter the Badlands. The road will dead end at an abandoned gravel pit and a salt flat parking area beside the fenced wilderness boundary.

We were very conscious of the threatening Monsoon skies as lightning was visible over the Chuska Mountains. Any serious downpour could render CR7290 impassible and we didn't want to be trapped in the wilderness overnight! I can confirm the feeling of solitude as the only other visitors we encountered that evening were a family of horses. As we were leaving we were treated to a spectacular sunset punctuated with lightning.

See links for more info:

http://www.newmexico.org/place/loc/destinations/page/DB-place/place/617.html

http://www.hanksville.org/voyage/misc/bisti.html

http://hikearizona.com/decoder.php?ZTN=1962
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