March #conservationlands15 Social Media Takeover: Visit New Mexico Wilderness for a Step back in Time at Bisti-De-Na-ZinWilderness and Ah-Shi-Sle-Pah Wilderness Study Area
The March #conservationlands15 social media takeover ends with the Bisti-De-Na-Zin Wilderness and Ah-Shi-Sle-Pah Wilderness Study Area in New Mexico - both home to paleo finds, and landscapes that leave you looking over your shoulder for dinosaurs.
Home of the famed Tyrannosaurus “Bisti Beast,” Bisti-De-Na-Zin Wilderness is a rolling landscape of badlands, which offers some ofthe most unusual scenery found in the Four Corners Region. Time and natural elements have etched afantasy world of strange rock formations made of interbedded sandstone, shale, mudstone, coal, and silt. The weathering of the sandstone forms hoodoos - weathered rock in the form of pinnacles, spires, cap rocks, and other unusual forms. Translated from the local Navajo language, Bisti (Bis-tie) means “a large area of shale hills.” De-Na-Zin (Deh-nah-zin) takes its name from the Navajo words for “cranes.”
The nearby Ah-Shi-Sle-Pah Wilderness Study Area has also yielded fossils and is a spectacular badland counterpart to the nearby Bisti-De-Na Zin Wilderness. This area of rolling water-carved clay hills is rich in fossils and has little vegetation to conceal geological formations. It is a landscape of sandstone cap rocks and scenic olive-colored hills, with soft colors rarely seen elsewhere.
Photos by Bob Wick, BLM