A Little Bit of Bisti

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  1. Noun Sequitur

    Noun Sequitur My Feet Hurt

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    We were on our way to Utah and had two hours to explore the Bisti side of Bisti/De-Ne-Zin Wilderness. Fortunately there is plenty of cool stuff to see within a mile of the parking lot. No giant hovering hoodoos here, but I imagine this little spot gets bypassed quite a bit in favor of the more extravagant stuff.

    We rounded the corner and I could tell that we had picked a good drainage to explore.
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    The color and shape of the sandstone reminded me of formations inside caves.
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    The palette was close to monochromatic, but here and there were chunks of red and orange.
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    A blurry one from the car on the way out
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    Bonus Mini TR, Indian Creek Rock Art

    While we were in Utah, we took an afternoon to visit one of my favorite art galleries...

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    I found some pictographs nearby that I hadn't seen before
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  2. SKLund

    SKLund Member

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    Love the photos!
     
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  3. Dave

    Dave Broadcaster, formerly "ashergrey"

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    Cool, I've never heard of this place.
     
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  4. Jackson

    Jackson I like to go outside.

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    Otherworldly looking place. Awesome.
     
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  5. Noun Sequitur

    Noun Sequitur My Feet Hurt

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  6. IntrepidXJ

    IntrepidXJ ADVENTR

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    Nice! Bisti has been on my list for a long long time and it finally looks like I'm going to make it down there later this year :)
     
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  7. Noun Sequitur

    Noun Sequitur My Feet Hurt

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    Can't wait. I've been hoping it would get the @IntrepidXJ treatment.
     
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  8. Wyatt Carson

    Wyatt Carson Desert Vagabond

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    Ah, you did good! Love those images.

    I started going in there years ago, even slept in there twice, king of spooky. The photo ops are endless. Did you see any of the petrified logs? Some are long and some have the root ball end on them, laying on supports like some kind of ancient altar. I know some who have found dinosaur teeth there. If you get a chance try going a bit further into the Ah-shi-sle-pah. You'll find more hoodoos and certainly see some dinosaur stuff, bones and teeth and even some of the dimpled armor, maybe a spike or two. I've slept in there several times too to get the sunset and weird light. There is some crazy stuff in both of those places and they seem like mazes. I even found a huge "room" in one where it was surrounded by walls and the water drained out through sump holes. There were some good petrified wood in there too.

    That is a place you can go back time and again. The De-na-zin is close too, in fact they are really connected now with some trading of lands. There are some crazy things there too.
     
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  9. Noun Sequitur

    Noun Sequitur My Feet Hurt

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  10. Absarokanaut

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    I've been there a couple of times. I'm pretty sure I met Socrates there one full moon night in my early 20s.

    Thanks for sharing, great stuff.
     
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  11. Wyatt Carson

    Wyatt Carson Desert Vagabond

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    Oh yeah, very nice. I like it when they are sticking out of a wall of material as in the last one. And the second one, that piece in the smooth wash, is a nice juxtaposition. You have a good eye.

    Those little washes in there were interesting and I spent some time photographing them as well even though the dazzling hoodoos abounded. Once I caught a couple of the smooth washes after a snow storm with a bit of chocolate water flowing. It is a crazy place and you will find more and more every time you go in there. A lot of photographers head to a place called the Egg Garden with some interesting formations but there is a lot more to the Bisti...
     
  12. piper01

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    Bisti is such a cool area to explore. I saw one of the areas of petrified trees last year. One of the logs was at least 30 feet tall (I laid down next to it to measure), including root ball. It was amazing!
     
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  14. Noun Sequitur

    Noun Sequitur My Feet Hurt

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    They had a nice gravel surface when we got there, I think maybe they've redone the road recently. It had rained and was still raining in spots. On the way there I was concerned that we would have to bail but the road was in great shape. I'm sure that could change with a flash flood, but we didn't have any issues. The parking lot has a good surface also but is in a low area. It had flooded recently, silt was about an inch deep in spots. So agreed that you definitely need to keep an eye on the weather.
     
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