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Ah Shi Sle Pah - New Mexico
What to do if you have little time : The journey to get there can be long, so if you have little time you won't go to Ah Shi Sle Pah.
Very remote place, very few crowd. Just like Goblin State Park in Utah, Ah Shi Sle Pah is full of hoodoos in various shapes and sizes. The place is very large and it would take several days to explore the entire site. Half a day, however, allows to see a lot. Locate some good spots in the afternoon to choose your ideal place for the most beautiful lights of the sunset.
This site, although little used, remains very fragile. This is why some visitors prefer not to reveal the location of this beautiful site. Our view is different. In our view, a selection is made naturally by the distance to get there.
Ah Shi Sle Pah
Attention : on aerial views of Google Earth, you can see a car park on the edge of the "canyon". This car park is no longer accessible. We now have to park 650 yards before, since the track was re-planted with shrubs.
Access : from Bloomfield, take US550 south towards Chaco Canyon. After 30,5 miles, turn right immediately after the Blanco Trading Post on "highway" 57 for 18,4 miles. Take the track on the right (GPS: N36 ° 08,365 'W107 ° 55,246'). From its beginning, the track splits in two. You have to take a right on 430 yards. The track then ends. Park your car and walk in the continuation of the track to the "canyon".
Small isolated site at the western end of Ah Shi Sle Pah also called Valley of Dreams. The goal of the hike is to see Alien Throne, an iconic hoodoo in the area, but there are also other photogenic hoodoos. On the trail that leads there, you will also see some petrified tree trunks. This site is ideal late afternoon until sunset. It is also famous for night photos. Provide a flashlight for the return by night.
Access : from Highway 371, take the CR7650 (N36°09'55.9" W108°09'05.1") east for 5,9 miles and at the GPS N36°11'29.6" W108°01'25.6" take the track on the right which becomes the CR7875 then CR7870 for 7,6 miles until the GPS N36°07'26.5" W107°58'48.8". So far the track does not present any difficulty. Then take the small track (easy to miss) on the left, slightly sandy. After about 0,34 mile, take a left turn (N36°07'30.9" W107°58'27.0") then continue to the car park for 1,2 miles(N36°08'26.9" W107°58'00.0").
King of Wings
King of Wings is another small isolated site at the west end of Ah Shi Sle Pah, which like Alien Throne, is located in Valley of Dreams. Here again, there is a main "star", a really big wing that seems to defy the laws of gravity. It is also a famous place for the nighstscape (night landscape photography with milky way). Apart from King of Wings, there are several small hoodoos to see but these can not compete with the master of the place. If you decide to take some pictures after dark, plan to have a GPS on which you will have recorded your way to the go. Because with the night, the return can be complicated, alternating between rise and descent on rather moving mounds in places.
Access : from Highway 371, take the CR7650 (N36°09'55.9" W108°09'05.1") east for 10.2 miles and at the GPS N36°12'20.0" W107°59'14.7" take the track on the right towards a wind turbine for 1 mile. For those whose car is not high enough, park at the wind turbine (N36°11'32.5" W107°59'13.4'') and continue on foot, otherwise continue on the same track along the fence. This track is good but soon after the wind turbine, it is better to have a car with a high clearance to pass a tricky spot on the track. Follow the fence for 0,43 mile, turn right on a slight descent (N36°11'26.1" W107°58'31.2"). On the left side of the hill a flat and wide area is a good place to park and camp, otherwise you can continue 0,46 mile to the last car park (N36°11'02.2" W107°58'17.8"), park and continue on foot.
It's quite hard to find a campground in Farmington. So you need to go to Bloomfield to find one. We have tested :
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