Blackwater Draw National Historic Site

Blackwater Draw National Historic Site

Blackwater Draw National Historic Site
4.5
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National Historic Landmark...can view active archeological digs
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Johnny L
8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
John gives us a professional and entertaining tour of the site - he brought history and archaeology alive. It was a great visit at this very important and historic site.
Written October 25, 2022
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Louis F
Altus, OK1,026 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Solo
Really cool trail that leads you around the Blackwater Draw site. There is no shade on the trail and I did come across a snake so plan accordingly. There is a little visitor center with some interesting information on the history of the place.
Written June 15, 2022
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Joy L
Dallas, TX4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 • Couples
Blackwater Draw is where Clovis Points were discovered with bones of mammoths &ancient bison. Established time-frame of humans in continent. Museum is small and super! Real Bones, tusks of mammoths, etc. Seasonal schedules, closed winters. Interpretive signs along hike need refurbishing. Do NOT wear Sandals due to goats' head stickers.
Written October 3, 2021
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Sam
Albuquerque, NM28 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
I first visited in summer 2019. This museum is a must stop for anyone interested in archaeology. We went to the Blackwater Draw Archaeological Site National Historic Landmark first. We paid $1 for students which also got us into the museum. The museum is fairly small and has quite a bit of information on the Blackwater Draw site, Clovis sites and archaeology, and some Native American collection materials the university has. I found it to have a nice mix of interactives and reading. For example, some objects were set out and could be touched. One area had manos and metates where you could practice grinding corn. A new exhibit was being installed while we visited that I could tell had more interactives too such as a small excavation box filled with sand and artifacts. We loved the gift shop items and I couldn't help but purchased a tshirt, hoodie, and water bottle. This is a great place to visit and support especially because it is on a college campus and staffed by college students.
Written January 2, 2021
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tomorrowsantiques
Mesa, AZ1,204 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Couples
We drove through Portales and skipped the in town museum because reviews said this was better. Prior to Memorial Day, it is only open on weekends, so we went away disappointed.
Written May 22, 2019
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Greg J
Spring, TX69 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Solo
We were interested in visiting the actual site but learned it wasn't open when we went to the museum. The museum itself is small and can be done in 30 - 45 minutes. The Miles Collection of pottery, beads, feathers and baskets took up 25% of the area. There were other items if interest focusing on general archaeology. We would recommend checking in advance to learn if the site is open before scheduling a visit.
Written April 11, 2019
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pygargus2018
18 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Solo
Other than some photographs and old news articles, there was actually little about Blackwater Draw in the museum. A nondescript collection of beaded Indian goods and a collection of pottery with no context did not make up for this. I came away with the impression that the archeological site had been ravaged by souvenir hunters and gravel mining.
Written March 5, 2019
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D R
New Mexico54 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018 • Couples
Clovis points found in mammoth ribs. Fantastic site with loads of paleo mammal bone in place. Nice in October. Closes in November. Nice one mile circuit walk.

Written October 13, 2018
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Nancy D
Augusta, Georgia, United States184 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Couples
First of all I use a roller walker and I was able to get into the visitor center which has lots to see and talk to the person on duty. Paid 2 bucks admission senior rate. Save your receipt and get into the museum on campus for free. There is a dirt trail which does have rocks to navigate. Some uphill and downhill walking. I had no issues pushing my rolling walker. I made the hike up to an interpretive building. It was worth it. Using my cane I traversed a path up another hill to look into the glass door of an a frame small building which covers a well. This is the first well ever discovered dating back to 12700 years old. Viewing this area really gave me a sense of prehistory. You can see the area that was a major watering spot for animals and humans. You can understand why humans kept coming here to get water, kills animals for meat and skin, and leave behind stone tools. The oldest layer dates to 12700 yrs ago which is clovis points. Then other younger layers reflect other cultures. This site is still yielding valuable information after 80 plus years after a teenager found a stone tool in 1929 and sent it to the smithsonian. Come here first. I did not walk the 1 mile trail. I wanted to but decided I had hiked enough to grasp the flavor of the history.
Written July 6, 2018
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Riverbabe60
Lubbock, TX568 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 • Solo
just a small museum but has lots of interesting facts and artifacts from the area. neat little piece of historical info.
Written May 28, 2018
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