The Bisti Badlands are confusing but super cool if you can figure it out!
I wanted to do a short post about the Bisti Badlands because of all of the inquiries I got on Instagram from people who tried to find different features but weren't successful. This place is one of the coolest things I've done in New Mexico so it is for sure worth putting in a little pre-work to navigate it successfully, and fortunately for you I've done all of that here :)
Before starting out here are some things worth noting:
There are no bathrooms, at all. Go to the bathroom before you head there...there isn't really even a close one to drive to.
Bring tons of water and snacks. I was there in February (and it wasn't too hot) and I still got light headed a few times from the dry/sun, there isn't a ton of shade either (some but not a lot) so plan accordingly.
Wear sunscreen and seriously bring so much water! (It was worth saying again)
Most of the features you will want to see are within 2 miles of the parking lot so it will be about 4 miles of walking/hiking but plan to spend the whole day there as it is a ton of fun!
There is no fee to get in, it is managed by the BLM and therefore our public lands, so keep voting to protect these because this place is too cool to lose!
Here is the map my friend and I used; I did not create this map, I just used it and really liked it. I recommend that you aim for the South entrance...you should see the BLM Bisti Badlands sign...keep following that back to the parking lot.
The map posted at the actual Bisti site is useless, don't bother with it unless you are some sort of wizard. I suggest using this map from thewave.info or the google map that they created (I added one stop to it) which is embedded below. We downloaded it from Google and it was super helpful, and pretty spot on in terms of getting us to the different features. Thanks thewave.info for creating it!
When starting off from the parking lot head through the fence and be sure to stay south of the wash, aim for the giant red hills, pass them barely to the right, and just follow the map! (Again, it's embedded below)
Have other tips, suggestions, or comments? Let me know in the comments section!