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A landscape that seems from another planet in the United States (Bisti / De-Na-Zin)

In the state of New Mexicoin USA, there is another point on the planet that we like to add to the virtual map of incredible places on the blog. The space falls into the “legal” category of wilderness or wilderness and protected area, although in more informal terms, we add it to the list of places that seem from another planet. The reason is none other than the capricious forms of a desert area known as Bisti / De-Na-Zin:

John Fowler

John Fowler

What was a river delta a few million years ago where sedimentary layers of different composition accumulated, over time it was left uncovered, and at the mercy of erosion, the accumulation of volcanic ash, the ice age, the wind and the rain . Sandstone, slate, wastelands, coal were part of the final sum of ingredients and geological phenomena for a natural spectacle that is difficult to classify, which today can be enjoyed as seen in each photo:

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Bureau of Land Management

John Fowler

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Bureau of Land Management

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Bureau of Land Management

Ingrid Truemper

Bureau of Land Management

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While there are traces of human life for thousands of years at the site, current wildlife is sparse, with characteristic desert species such as rabbits, coyotes, birds, and insects. In the whole area of Bisti / De-Na-Zin hiking, camping and some recreational activities are allowed. To visit it, you have to go to the San Juan County area.

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