The Ah-shi-sle-pah Wilderness Study Area is located in northwestern New Mexico and is a badland area of rolling water-carved clay hills. The area is rich in fossils and spectacular geological formations making it perfect for hiking and landscape photography!
On US Highway 550, 7.5 miles northwest of Nageezi, NM along NM 57.
Ah-shi-sle-pah is a landscape of sandstone cap rocks and scenic olive-colored hills. This scenic New Mexico badlands area features soft colors rarely seen elsewhere. From Alien Throne and King of Wings to Valley of Dreams, this recreation area is known across the globe for its geological eye candy. Visitors to New Mexico should definetly add the Bisti Badlands and Ah-shi-sle-pah to their must explore list.
The Ah-shi-sle-pah Wilderness Study Area (AWSA) is best accessed from US Highway 550 on NM 57. The turn off for NM 57 is 7.5 miles northwest of Nageezi, NM and north of the tirn off for Chaco Culture National Historical Park. Turn west onto NM 57. You will drive south/southwest approximately 13.5 miles, at which point NM 57 forms the boundary of the WSA. For the next 4 ¾ miles, the WSA will be on your right.
The BLM manages the AWSA. The map that they offer denotes the WSA boundaries. The WSA and Bisti Badlands are wilderness areas, there are no marked trails and official trail hiking maps are not produced. You will encounter various directions online, simply be cautious of the source and rely on a hiking GPS unit to confirm your location. Use these confirmed GPS coordinates to help plan your hike.
There are no developed trails in the WSA. It is easy to get lost while exploring. Bring a hiking GPS unit or compass to help navigate the area.