On the Road, Again: Bisti Badlands!

Capstone at Bisti Badlands

I am free!  I’ve been on the road, Teardrop trailer in tow, for three days now and it’s just starting to sink in how truly at large in the world I am. I can go anywhere, any place, any direction, stay as long as I’d like, and sleep every night in my very own bed! The Teardrop is the best idea I’ve ever had!

Fitting that I spent the first night out on the road at the Bisti Badlands Wilderness. Bisti has no trails, and no maps; this is a place for wanderers. It’s also one of the most geologically exotic landscapes I’ve ever seen. From the parking lot, you just head east, into what looks like an ordinary arroyo. In less than a mile, you’re on another planet, a place of hoodoos, mushroom rocks and dinosaur bones.

Big Bone. No idea if it’s a dinosaur, but this place is well known as a Hadrosaur graveyard.

Down the Arroyo, Hoodoo Ahead

Dead End Arroyo

Hoodoo Self Portrait

Fossilized Bone

Bowie & Hoodoo

Mudstone Sculptures

Sunset at Bisti Badlands

Making dinner in my new kitchen!

Teardrop Sunset 🙂

I’m now in Colorado, heading to Mesa Verde and Hovenweep National Monument. Stay tuned for more!

About theblondecoyote

Mary Caperton Morton is a freelance science and travel writer with degrees in biology and geology and a master’s in science writing. A regular contributor to EARTH magazine, where her favorite beat is the Travels in Geology column, she has also written for the anthologies Best Women's Travel Writing 2010 and Best Travel Writing 2011. Mary is currently based in Big Sky, Montana. When she’s not at the computer she can usually be found outside -- hiking, skiing, climbing mountains and taking photographs. Visit her website at www.marycapertonmorton.com.
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6 Responses to On the Road, Again: Bisti Badlands!

  1. sandy says:

    Wow, is that different! Kind of looks like the moon surface. Happy Easter on the Road!

  2. mjspringett says:

    oh goody more badlands, see my blog for North Dakota badlands info, the wonders of the badlands never cease to amaze me, thanks MJ

  3. That is now on my bucket list of places to visit.

    At the risk of sounding stupid, how do you know these stones are fossils? They, uh, look like regular ol’ rocks to my unpracticed eyes.

    Teardrop looks fab. Is it comfy in the sleeping area? Do your dogs hop in too?
    Where are you off to next?

    • Look at the Fossilized Bone photo- do you see the honeycombing in the middle? That’s a sure sign of a fossilized bone! If you look closely, you can see the cell structures, which have been replaced with minerals during fossilization. Bowie loves old bones, but he wasn’t at all interested in the fossils- they’re just rocks to him!

      The Teardrop is super comfortable! I’ve never slept on a memory foam mattress and I’m totally converted. It has been below freezing the past couple of nights but I’ve been very comfortable! The Teardrop is insulated and between me and the dogs, it stays pretty warm inside. I love it! 🙂

  4. I just sent my husband a link to your blog, asking him when we could go!

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