Ah-Shi-Sle-Pah Wilderness Study Area (WSA) Trails

A federal wilderness study area, "Ah-shi-sle-pah" ("gray salt") are eroded badlands that like the Bisti / De-Na-Zin Wilderness offer some of the most unusual scenery in the Four Corners. Erosion has etched a fantasy world of strange rock formations. Most commonly found in the Ah-shi-sle-pah are hoodoos, petrified logs and stumps, rounded clay hills of various soft colors, and fossils from the late Creteous era (dinosaur, crocodilian scutes, and turtle shell).

Other than the two-track, the trails described below are not delineated or defined. Ah-Shi-Sle-Pah WSA is an open range area whereby people can simply wonder freely around since no trails are established. The trails provided are simply a general guide to get to certain named features.
  • ➠ More Info and Photos on Ah-Shi-Sle-Pah WSA
  • Trail Name Difficulty Distance Elev. Gain
    1. Two-track Easy 1.2 mi / 1.8 km 65 ft
    2. Valley Access Easy 0.6 mi / 1.0 km 80 ft
    3. Ridge Access Easy 0.8 mi / 1.2 km 100 ft
    4. North Hike Easy 3.0 mi / 4.8 km 70 ft
    5. West Hike Easy 2.8 mi / 4.6 km 70 ft
    Alien Run Trails Map
    Ah-shi-sle-pah Hiking Trails Map (PDF 1.1 MB)

    Chocolate Mushrooms Hoodoos
    Chocolate Mushrooms Hoodoos.
    Chocolate Mushrooms Hoodoos
    Arch within the Chocolate Mushrooms Hoodoos.
    Cow bones
    Cow bones.
    Erosional Landform
    Erosional Landform.
    Petrified Log
    Petrified Log.
    Erosional Landform
    Erosional Landform.
    Bent Neck Hoodoo
    Bent Neck Hoodoo.
    Stacked Plates Hoodoo
    Stacked Plates Hoodoo.
    Mutt & Jeff Hoodoos
    Mutt & Jeff Hoodoos.
    Goblet Hoodoo
    Goblet Hoodoo.
    Ah-shi-sle-pah Hoodoo
    Ah-shi-sle-pah Hoodoo.
    Serpent's Head Arch
    Serpent's Head Arch.
    Rock Garden
    Rock Garden.
    Ed's Stump
    Ed's Stump.
    Orange Tents Hoodoos
    Orange Tents Hoodoos.
    Photos by EMKotyk