The Ah-shi-sle-pah Wilderness is located in northwestern New Mexico and in badland area of rolling water-carved clay hills with little vegetation to conceal geological formations including interesting hoodoos. . The area is rich in fossils, having yielded numerous specimens important to science, as well as containing petrified wood including stumps still in an upright growth position complete with roots. . A minor drainage runs through a wide, barren valley bordered to the north and south by a strip of eroded cliffs, ravines and badlands containing innumerable hoodoos, balanced rocks and other strange formations of a great variety of colors. Especially distinctive are the brown-ochre of the badlands, yellow-orange of some of the hoodoos, grey-white of the mud hills lining the valley floor, and deep black of scattered coal beds closer to the wash. The thin vegetation includes sagebrush, pi?on-juniper, scrubland, and grassland.
Leave No Trace
How to follow the seven standard Leave No Trace principles differs in different parts of the country (desert vs. Rocky Mountains). Click on any of the principles listed below to learn more about how they apply in the Ah-shi-sle-pah Wilderness.
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 wilderness. For the next 4 ¾ miles, the wilderness will be on your right.
Digital and paper maps are critical tools for wilderness visitors. Online maps can help you plan and prepare for your visit ahead of time. You can also carry digital maps with you on your GPS unit or other handheld GPS device. Having a paper map with you in the backcountry, as well as solid orienteering skills, however, ensures that you can still route-find in the event that your electronic device fails.
Motorized equipment and equipment used for mechanical transport is generally prohibited in all wilderness areas.
This includes the use of motor vehicles, motorboats, motorized equipment, bicycles, hang gliders, wagons, carts, portage wheels, and the landing of aircraft including helicopters.