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Road Trip – Bisti Badlands and Wrapup

Final post in a series covering our Texas, New Mexico, Colorado road trip. The destinations for the trip came from Volume 3 of Laurent Martes’ Photographing the Southwest: Colorado & New Mexico.

We had to skip the Four Corners area because it is currently closed for construction.  Due to time constraints we also skipped Shiprock, which really disappointed me.

The Bisti car park welcome sign

We got up early (for us) and headed out to Bisti from Farmington via 371. 371 starts out nice, but will eventually vary from very poor road conditions to pretty good at various places. Just a warning. Laurent mentions the milage where the entrance is and there is a sign as well. Once you turn off the highway, the road becomes a pretty rough gravel road. I wasn’t comfortable going more than 15mph or so. Arrived at 10am and it was already hot. Thankfully we weren’t the only insane people out there. Due to the heat we didn’t want to spend more than an hour out there so we took Laurent’s advice and headed west-northwest from the car park where a bunch of hoodoos live.

Bisti hoodoos

It’s quite an amazing area. I really enjoyed the weirdness, but not do a good job capturing Bisti. It’s hard to do when it’s hot and the lighting is so harsh. You really have to be there in the golden hours near sunrise and sunset. Which is annoying because that means lots of driving back and forth between Farmington. If you go, bring lots of water and a tripod (if you’re up to it). Otherwise, just walk around and enjoy the strangness. We had the most fun finding rocks that look like animals, of which there are many.

Turtle Power!

Photo Gallery

That’s it! We managed to cover an enormous amount of territory and see quite alot, but changing hotels every night is a real pain. Even though we tried to limit our driving to 200 miles a day or so, it’s still alot. If I were to do it over, I would try to spend at least 2 nights in each city. I would also fly directly into Amarillo or if skipping that, Colorado Springs.

It looks like there will be no more major trips year, unfortunately. Birding is also not too interesting right now and it’s hot! So that’s probably all of the photos for some time. Enjoy!

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  1. bobzeller
    July 19, 2010 at 4:37 pm

    I just started following your blog recently, but I’ve been impressed with your writings and photographs. About you mentioning Shiprock, that is one place that always has mystified me. I have never been there, but I have it on my “bucket list” to see one day. I’m sorry that you missed it. It must have been very disappointing to be so close and yet so far.

    Bob Zeller

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