Prehistoric Trackways National Monument
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.
Cynthia de Lorenzi
I love hiking and I love just imagining how dinosaurs roamed earth millions of years ago. New Mexico is a fantastic state for imagining the formation of our planet. There are numerous trails you can take on the hike through the Prehistoric Trackways. Unfortunately we did not see any dinosaur tracks but loved the views and enjoying a beautiful day hiking. It is not a difficult hike so anyone in relatively good health can enjoy a day here.
The site in really recent and lack the usual indication expected from National Monument, but we meet with two Rangers and they explained to us that it's only 4 years old and still a work in progress. They showed us some cool fossils that we missed during the hike because it's not what we were expecting : big dinosaur footprints ! It was much smaller and subtle ! The landscape was nice and the trail quite rough if you're not use to steep hikes.
Remote area, not much signage and hard time locating trail. Discovered towards the end of stay that trail was within creekbed. Encountered rattlesnakes and the view at night is spectacular and great spot to star gaze.
This is a good place to go for a hike and look for fossils with the kids :-) my kids loved it here.
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.