Bisti Badlands' Winged Hoodoos
ElevationAscent: 113' 34 m
Descent: -113' -34 m
High: 5,845' 1,782 m
Low: 5,773' 1,760 m
GradeAvg Grade: 1% (1°)
Max Grade: 5% (3°)
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Bisti Badlands Sunrise Loop
5.3 mi 8.6 km • Loop • 99 ft Ascent 30.08 m Ascent
Singletrack Farmington, NM( 2 )
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“The Bisti Badlands are a BLM managed area full of strange rock formations, fossils, and geologic interest.”— Rob M.
Family Friendly If you go during a temperate time of year, hearty kids with a sense of adventure will enjoy this hike. They will especially love viewing the hoodoos along this route.
Unlike most places these days, the Bisti has no formal trails. However, with a keen eye and an intrepid spirit, your reward for heading into the wildlands will be fantastic views, total seclusion, and a bounty of phenomenal winged hoodoos.
When this area is muddy, the hike will become VERY slick, so expect to gain a few inches in height from the mud caking on your feet.
The ground will now be a mixture of hardpack and sand in lower-lying places. From here, you'll need to scramble over a few passes to get into the hills and gain some altitude. Start watching for small water tunnels as they indicate hollow hills to be extra careful on. There are places where the hills collapse into these hollows and result in a 20+ foot deep pit of broken rocks that you don't want to end up in.
On the top of the ridge, there will be some hoodoos with a clear view to the west that are great to photograph during sunset. Further north and northeast, you'll start seeing winged hoodoos on the summits and western edges of the hills. Explore away in this area, and bring the Hiking Project mobile app to make sure you can find your way back to the car.
PLEASE DO NOT DAMAGE THE FORMATIONS. They are delicate formations that took millennia to create and can't be put back together.
Land Manager: BLM New Mexico - Farmington Office