The Prehistoric Trackways National Monument was established in 2009 to conserve, protect, and enhance the unique and nationally-important paleontological, scientific, educational, scenic, and recreational resources and values of the Robledo Mountains in southern New Mexico.Â The Monument includes a major deposit of Paleozoic Era fossilized footprint megatrackways within approximately 5,280 acres.
The trackways contain footprints of numerous amphibians, reptiles, and insects (including previously unknown species), plants, and petrified wood dating back 280 million years, which collectively provide new opportunities to understand animal behaviors and environments from a time predating dinosaurs.Â The site contains one of the most scientifically-significant Early Permian track sites in the world.
Parking lot has been improved and is great--no bathrooms, but good, informative signs explaining the history/geology. THE TRAIL IS NOT MARKED. Go through the yellow gate, follow the arroyo and always go to the right on the trail even if at one point it looks like the trail goes left. Easy to get lost. There is a sign at the site explaining the geology of the area.
There is not too much to see/do. They took all the interesting tracks, fossils to museums. We lost lots of time in the sun for nothing.
Still new and needs some work. But some nice displays about the tracks found here.
Project in development. Looks promosing. Serious off-roading if you go past the parking lot.
Awesome for rockhounds