There's no better way to spend time outdoors in the hot Southern states than by exploring everything nature has to offer after the sun goes down. There are many incredible spots around New Mexico for stargazing that are perfect for a weekend road trip, but very few places compare to the beauty of the night skies at Ah-Shi-Sle-Pah Wilderness Study Area. 

The natural area is a place like no other, with stunning geographical elements that will make you feel like you're on another planet.

Giant towering hoodoos, thin spires of rock that stretch high into the air over the badlands, are covering the enchanting outdoor area.

The rock of the area is composed of sandstone, mudstone, shale, and bituminous coal. The area was found to be formed about 75 million years ago in the late Cretaceous era.

Many people love to stop by the area in the evening and into the night to watch the stars. The views are truly unbeatable and even cameras can pick up the sights of the galaxy.

The area is the perfect place to explore if you like being totally alone when you adventure. The area is typically pretty empty and you won't find too many others while you wander through the badlands.

This might be due to how remote and out of the way the study area is. It can be a bit challenging to get to the spot, but once you arrive, it's like you have entered a dreamland.

The incredible formations stretch on for six miles along the Ah-Shi-Sle-Pah Wash, though most visitors stick to staying around the first mile of the area.

You can also find tons of fossils in the area! They range in size and shape and feature a variety of organisms that they preserved, from plants to dinosaurs! Just be sure not to touch or move any valuable fossils you see.

The Ah-Shi-Sle-Pah Wilderness Study Area is truly a stunning place with sights that you can find nowhere else in the world. It's the perfect place to relax under the stars to watch the Milky Way.

Ah-Shi-Sle-Pah Wilderness Study Area

Price: Free

Address: 6251 College Blvd. Suite A, Farmington, NM

Why You Need To Go: To relax under the stars while you take in some of the best views that the South has to offer. There's no better place to take your camera for some incredible shots, too!

We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.

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