Top Hoodoo Locations: 3, Ah-Shi-Sle-Pah, New Mexico


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Ah-Shi-Sle-Pah, New Mexico
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Ah-Shi-Sle-Pah is, together with the nearby Bisti and De-Na-Zin wildernesses, one of the top three badland regions of the San Juan Basin of northwest New Mexico; all contain petrified wood, dinosaur fossils, undulating mounds and twisting ravines, but especially hoodoos, adopting a great range of shapes, sizes and colors. The place has a rather isolated location, 20 miles from the nearest highway along dusty, unpaved (though relatively good quality) tracks, and so is not often visited. The badland region is quite compact, about 3 miles across, though the togography is varied and some time is needed to locate the best formations. Most of the rocks are colored shades of yellow, brown and orange, plus black and white.

Location: Along road 57 from US 550 or 7650 and 7870 from Hwy 371 - details





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