Albuquerque Senior Centers' Hiking Groups (ASCHG)

De-na-zin Hike
In Northwest New Mexico Region

Hike Id H10342
Last Update 2018-05-22 22:03:35.0
Hike Class C
Hike Miles 4.5
Minimum Elevation 6180
Elevation Gain 170
Total Uphill 520
Total Downhill 520
Avg Grade 6 %
Route Type Loop
Drive Miles Round Trip 300
Drive Time Oneway 2:45
Hiking Seasons Sprg, Fall, Wntr
Hike Rating (4.7 by 3 hikers)
New Mexico Game Unit 7
GPS Recommended Yes

Highlights Huge badlands where we hike to a mesa with many formations and a 100-foot-long petrified log.

Cautions This hike is off trail and some of the hike is over rough and difficult terrain. Hikers without good balance should not participate.

Trailhead Directions From Albuquerque take I-25 north to Bernalillo. Go west on US 550 through San Ysidro, thru Cuba, Thru Counseler, thru Lybrook. As Heufano Mesa is approached, pass the Indian Medical facility and near the top of the hill there will be a sign "Bisti - De Na Zin (CR7500)". Set your odometer to zero. Go left and travel the dirt road for 1.7 miles and go right at CR7500 RIGHT. At 7.2 miles go left at CR7500 LEFT.There will be a small De-na-zin sign and a road going right (north) at 11.2 miles. Park in the small parking area.

Actual Hike From the parking area go north on the two track which will drop down INTO WASH (0.2 mi). Continue north following the two track to a small wash going west and FOLLOW WASH (0.5 mi) until the MAIN WASH (1.0 mi) is reached. Follow the main De-Na-Zin wash and after 0.4 miles LEAVE WASH (1.4 mi), going north. It will be difficult to execute this portion of the hike to the return to the main wash without the aid of a GPS. Follow the track north as the arroyo narrows to a CROSSOVER (1.8 mi) point, the other side of which you will descend, with a number of large petrified logs along the route to the TURN UP (2.0 mi) point. Follow this side arroyo upward, climbing out to TO TOP (2.2 mi). Go up through the shute to a more level area with many formations. Ascend a small saddle for a good NORTH VIEW (2.3 mi). Then head west to the DOWN (2.4 mi) point. Descend all the way to the main arroyo and go across toward the sandstone cliffs. Continue along the south side of the cliffs untill you find a way upward toward the SANDSTONE formations. Then go east along the edge until the SIDE ROAD (4.1 mi) is reached. This will take you to the two track that you started in on.

Comments This hike rating has been raised to a C hike. See Cautions.

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CR7500: N 36 24.209, W 107 51.158
CR7500 LEFT: N 36 21.143, W 107 57.460
CR7500 RIGHT: N 36 23.461, W 107 52.643
PARK: N 36 18.736, W 108 00.162
INTO WASH: N 36 18.912, W 108 00.220
FOLLOW WASH: N 36 19.098, W 108 00.306
MAIN WASH: N 36 19.002, W 108 00.780
LEAVE WASH: N 36 18.960, W 108 01.140
CROSSOVER: N 36 19.150, W 108 01.205
TURN UP: N 36 19.021, W 108 01.224
TO TOP: N 36 19.186, W 108 01.262
NORTH VIEW: N 36 19.225, W 108 01.241
DOWN: N 36 19.210, W 108 01.302
CROSS: N 36 18.913, W 108 01.322
SANDSTONE: N 36 18.803, W 108 01.114
SIDE ROAD: N 36 18.954, W 108 00.313

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GPX:WayTrack, 19Oct10, Garmin, Dick Brown

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Text Author Dick Brown
Map Author Dick Brown
Waypoints Author Dick Brown
Track Author Dick Brown
Maintainer Tom Dieterle