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Las Cruces - Prehistoric Trackways National Monument

1800 Marquess Street

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.  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.  The site contains one of the most scientifically-significant Early Permian track sites in the world.


Escobaria Gracilis

Monday, Nov. 27, 2017
Great place to see some very ancient fossils and go hiking. You can hike on the ridge and take in the sights of the surrounding mountains and you can hike up the arroyo and see fossils along the way. There are also guided tours certain week-ends. It is best to go on a tour if that is your first visit.

Lord William Gasper

Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018
Very cool place, couldn't find the tracks but found various fossils just looking on the grounds.

Kristopher Ashton

Monday, Dec. 18, 2017
Nice place to hike and see some fossils and animal/insect tracks, including bivavle and crinoid fossils and dimetrodon tracks. The better examples have all been removed and taken to the repository in Albuquerque, which unfortunately was necessary to prevent vandalism and theft. Stay out of the mine in the middle. It wasn't constructed with the best safety practices. There are also marked trails for 4x4. Don't forget to take water.

Diane Roseman

Monday, Jan. 1, 2018
Most of the fossils have been taken to a museum. So nice, but not special

Cynthia de Lorenzi

Tuesday, March 21, 2017
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.

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