Near Farmington in San Juan County, New Mexico — The American Mountains (Southwest)
Erected by New Mexico Historic Preservation Division and Department of Highways.
Location. 36° 19.53′ N, 108° 15.369′ W. Marker is near Farmington, New Mexico, in San Juan County. Marker is at the intersection of State Road 371 at milepost 77, and County Road 7250, on the right when traveling south on State Road 371. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Farmington NM 87401, United States of America.
More about this marker. Although an agriculture/hunting BIA service and hydrocarbon service line branches east at the Bisti Wilderness sign, a sign at the turnoff says, "No Bisti Wilderness Access." The adventurer would be best served by County Road 7500 from the east or south of this sign and turnoff.
Regarding Bisti Wilderness. Bisti means "dirt clod" in Navajo.
Step back into history - say, 65 million years back - and get a feel for the ancient Navajoland vistas at Bisti Badlands Wilderness Area. The peculiar soft clay formations are spread over a vast moon-like valley, and some of the domes can literally erode before your eyes during the rainstorms of Navajoland summers. Within these opaque ridges of bizarre geologic beauty are scientific tales about the demise of dinosaurs and the ascent of mammals.
There are no signposts pointing the way to the Badlands from any nearby towns, but the usual approach route is along NM 371 from Farmington, the largest town in the Four Corners region - this heads due south through wide open prairie land at the east edge of the great Navajo Indian Reservation, which extends for 200 miles across into Arizona. After 36 miles, a gravel track exits east, opposite an historical marker recording the history of this area and of the nearby Bisti trading post, now derelict.
Also see . . .
1. The Bisi Badlands Wilderness. Information and photos of the area. (Submitted on July 13, 2010.)
2. Bisti Wilderness Area. Detailed information on the area accompanied with photos. (Submitted on July 13, 2010.)
Additional keywords. Navajo Nation
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 10, 2010, by Chris English of Phoenix, Arizona. This page has been viewed 1,401 times since then and 12 times this year. Last updated on February 17, 2012. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 10, 2010, by Chris English of Phoenix, Arizona. 5. submitted on October 3, 2010, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.