NM hwy 371 from Farmington. Drive due south through wide open prairie land at the east edge of the great Navajo Indian Reservation. After 36 miles, a historical marker records the history of this area and of the nearby Bisti Trading Post, now derelict condition. The main entrance to the badlands is 6.5 miles further south.
Best time of year to go is Fall for good weather. Bring good hiking shoes as the monuments are spread out over miles.
Being here before this trip was well planned out. Knowing there was going to be a meteor shower that night my two friends and I drove out to the Bisti Badlands. When one sees this area you would think you're on a different planet. There is absolutely no vegetation or critters. During the summer it is hot like the Sahara Dessert. One can sunburn very quickly from the sun reflecting just off the white sandstone. I knew just where I wanted to photograph this scene which was a 2 miles hike. The one sandstone rock resembles a seal looking up into the night sky. I set up my camera and made a few test shots and then waited for night. I used one led light 100' behind me to light up the front of the scene and 3 smaller led lights in various places behind for sidelight and backlight. This image is a composite of just a few of the many of the hundreds of exposures taken that night of the 2018 geminid meteor shower.