Location: Southeast of Farmington
Elevation Range: 6,200-6,500 feet
BLM Acreage: 6,563 acres
The Ah-shi-sle-pah WSA is located in northwestern New Mexico and is a badland area of rolling water-carved clay hills. The area is rich in fossils and has little vegetation to conceal geological formations. The thin vegetation includes sagebrush, piñon-juniper, Great Basin scrubland, and grassland. It is a landscape of sandstone cap rocks and scenic olive-colored hills. Water in this area is scarce and there are no trails; however, the area is scenic and contains soft colors rarely seen elsewhere.
From US Highway 550, 7.5 miles northwest of Nageezi, NM (which is 44.5 miles northwest of Cuba, NM) turn left onto NM 57. 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.
1. NM 57 and CR 7855 are dirt roads and may become impassible during or after inclement weather. Drivers should avoid dirt roads during rain or snow. Drivers should be cautious of wash-out following rain or snowmelt.
2. This is a non-motorized area. Please park alongside Highway 57. Be cautious, the surrounding area is comprised of private land and trespassing is prohibited.
3. There is no access to Chaco Culture National Historic Park.
4. There are no marked trails in this WSA. Visitors must possess knowledge and skill in cross country hiking and navigating.
Farmington Field Office
6251 College Blvd. Suite A
Farmington, NM 87402