The New Mexico Badlands You’ve Never Heard Of But Should Definitely Visit

Not so long ago, we shared the wonders of the Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness (a.k.a the Bisti Badlands) with you. If you were wowed by its striped bands of earth and surreal rock formations, there’s another even less well-known badlands that you should definitely visit as well.

One route to the Ah-Shi-Sle-Pah Wilderness Study Area takes you from US-550 to NM-57. Note your mileage and then continue along NM-57 for 13.5 miles. The wilderness area will be on your right.

Alternatively, you can drive from NM-371 and use county roads to access NM-57.

Ah-Shi-Sle-Pah is definitely in the middle of nowhere. Here is a map.

For an aerial perspective of Ah-Shi-Sle-Pah, check out this YouTube video shot by SpencerPhotography.