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Prehistoric Trackways National Monument

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Address: Rocky Acres Trail, Las Cruces, NM 88005-3370
Phone Number: 575.525.4300

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Good place for a hike and view of the Organ Mountains

There is a sign at the entrance. There is parking both by the sign and somewhat further on. The Ridge Trail is now posted with "trail" markers every now and then. The Ridge Trail... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 23, 2016
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2016

There is a sign at the entrance. There is parking both by the sign and somewhat further on. The Ridge Trail is now posted with "trail" markers every now and then. The Ridge Trail can be steep at the beginning, but not so much later on. There are no benches. When we were there recently, the flowers were in bloom--yellow... More 

Coppell, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2016 via mobile

This is a great stop for people liking Geology or a short hike through the desert. Unfortunately, BLM has done little development of it (due to lack of funds and the newness of the site). There is a marked trail now that will lead you to parts of the fossils site, but good luck finding information or maps for it.... More 

1 Thank txbenton4
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2015 via mobile

Directions: Shalem Colony Road to Rocky Acres Trail (D013 on Maps) then after 0.25 miles turn left onto a dirt road labeled Permian Tracks Road (it's labeled as another street too so look for the stop sign... It's pretty much the only turn that doesn't have a private property sign). The dirt road is doable for all cars. I drive... More 

2 Thank Rene M
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

Not really sure why this area has the mantle of National Monument bequeathed to it. We arrived, via a 4wd Toyota FJCruiser because online info stated the road is too rough for passenger vehicles, but you don't need a 4 wheel drive vehicle to get to the parking lot. There are NO amenities here, not even a porta potty, so... More 

5 Thank VWells1960
South Haven, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

Yes it was hard to find, but well worth the time and trip. It was the first lava flow I've ever seen. There is many plants and invertebrate fossils in the rocks and lava. It has a diversity of landscapes, which is not common at many of the places we hiked near Las Cruces and El Paso. If you have... More 

4 Thank JBMyers
Las Cruces, New Mexico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

This is a pleasant hike for us and our dogs, need to be careful of snakes in the warmer months. Most of the time you only see a couple other hikers. Take plenty of water, you will find none in the area.

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Las Cruces
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

This was declared a monument before the funding was there to make it accessible for visitors. Hard to find, poor signage and lack of any interpretation make it a disappointing experience. Don't waste your time, there's nothing to see here.

4 Thank crucesaggie
Las Cruces, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2013

Established as a National Monument in 2009, this site contains the greatest record of Early Permian trackways (footprints) in the world! These creatures pre-date the dinosaur record and provide a fascinating glimpse into life when the continents were joined and much of southern New Mexico was a shallow sea. Call BLM office 575-525-4487 for schedule of tours to one of... More 

5 Thank Sue M
Las Cruces, New Mexico, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

New Mexico fossils are pre-dinosaur sea creatures! Yes, it was once an ocean. Find your own fossil in the "yours-for-the-taking" and be sure to go on a ranger led hike. It's well worth it!

4 Thank Jean B
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2013

We enjoyed our little hike in the area canyons. Be aware that this is a very high clearance 4WD area. Got a little dicey with a fellow shooting targets, but he was aware of us and seemed careful. We rock hounded in the creek beds. Expect to do a lot of boulder scrambling. The only downside was the graffiti on... More 

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