Desert with rocks wearing a hat

Nestled in the arid plateau of the San Juan Basin, northwestern New Mexico, Bisti possesses weathered rocks of many shapes. 

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Bisti wilderness or De-Na-Zin
With an area of 18,000 hectares, the Bisti wilderness or De-Na-Zin is one of the most unique landscapes on the planet. The area has clay hills and layers of coal, mud and slate with different colors and hardness. De-Na-Zin name means "vast land with slate hills in Navajo". Photo: Firefall Photography.
Bisti wilderness or De-Na-Zin
Previously, Bisti was a western coastal forest, home to many dinosaurs, reptiles and primitive mammals. In the cretaceous era, a storm engulfed the land in seawater. As the water recedes, layers of sandstone, mud, shale and sediment gradually surface. Photo: Reddit.
Bisti wilderness or De-Na-Zin
Over time, the weathering process created giant hooded towers and egg-shaped blocks of broken rock from soft mud. Photo: New Mexico Tourism Department.
Bisti wilderness or De-Na-Zin
King of Wings is a large, balanced rock on a clay pedestal on the barren plateau of Bisti. Different from other hood rocks, it has a 3 m long stretch, thin and looks like a wing. Photo: Adventr.
Bisti wilderness or De-Na-Zin
The dappled stones are created by minerals as the flow passes through the sedimentary rocks. As for the cracks gradually formed due to weathering and erosion. Tourists often call them "dinosaur eggs". Photo: Stav Is Los.
Bisti wilderness or De-Na-Zin
Giant "broken eggs" have a diameter of 1.5 - 2 m. Photo: Durango Herald.
Bisti wilderness or De-Na-Zin
In addition to the many shaped rocks, Bitis also has many million-year-old petrified kinds of wood. Scattered on the road, especially in the southeast are fossils of juniper and many other conifers. Some blocks are intact root, bark and age of the tree. Photo: American Southwest.
Bisti wilderness or De-Na-Zin
The Bisti arid plateau is home to a number of wildlife such as eagles, hawks, snakes, and scorpions. Vegetation often grows limited to small clusters along the sedimentary rocks. Remaining most space is covered by bare land. Photo: RcQuinn.
Bisti wilderness or De-Na-Zin
In 1997, a dinosaur fossil skeleton was discovered here. After excavation, it was named Bisti monster. This is a fossil of dinosaurs that appeared 74 million years ago and only found in Mexico. Besides, the researchers also found many fossils of other species such as platypus Parasaurolopus, Alamosaurus and prehistoric turtles, crocodiles and animals. Photo: New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science.

Brief information:

To reach the Bisti wilderness, visitors can depart from the town of Farmington, 65 km away. From Highway 371, you will follow 7297 and turn right at T intersection. The Bisti car park is about 300 m away.

In the Bisti wilderness there are no tours, no water and no shade. Therefore, management alerts visitors to dangerous situations that can occur when temperatures rise in the summer. The weather in Bisti also changes very quickly, rainstorms can cause flash floods and lightning. In particular, in some areas with the same topography, visitors may get lost.

Here, visitors are not allowed to pick up rocks, fossils and campfires. Filming and commercial photography require a license from management

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