Bisti Badlands

Bisti Badlands, Northwest New Mexico


Have you ever been to Mars?

The Bisti Badlands, south of Farmington, NM, is one of the most unique places I have ever visited and defiantly one of coolest places nobody has ever heard of. This completely unworldly place was once a coastal swamp of an inland sea – and provides views of some of the most amazing sandstone rock formations you will ever see.

The Badlands offer some of the most unusual scenery in the American Southwest and National Geographic Travel listed it as one of their must visit adventure destinations for 2019. This wonderland is a special place for hikers, explorers and photographers (especially astrophotography) and is the closest thing to Mars I have ever seen. If you are a photographer, give yourself several days to explore and photograph the endless abstracts, hoodoos, desert spires, arches and amazing formations.


21 Data Points for Each Location

Here’s what we provide

  • GPS Coordinates & Elevation

    We provide exact GPS coordinates (in both DDM and DD formats) & elevation with automatic links directly into Google maps.

  • Trail Difficulty (1 out of 5)

    Know beforehand what you are getting into! We provide a quick overview of the location. Is it easy, moderate or difficult to access?

  • Directions

    For each location we provide detailed directions along with a direct link to Google maps allowing turn by turn directions.

  • Best Time of Day to Shoot

    It is all about the light! We help you plan your trip and let you know if the location is a sunrise, sunset or anytime shot.

  • Best Time of Year to Shoot

    Sunrise might be best in summer or the water fall conditions are best for spring. We will let you know.

  • What Lens(es) Do You Need

    If you are hiking a long distance, weight is important. We provide which lens(es) are needed to help lighten your load.

  • Special Nuances of the Shot

    Not every place is as you might think. We provide a personal insight to the location and an approach to taking the shot.

  • Google Maps Birds-Eye-View

    For each location we provide a birds-eye view to provide a better understanding of the layout and terrain of the location.

  • + 13 Other Data Points

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