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Blackwater Draw National Historic Site

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Address: Highway 467, Portales, NM
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National Historic Landmark...can view active archeological digs

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Blackwater Draw Locality No.1 - Great Learning Experience

An inactive archeology site where you can walk the site and view the findings without interruption at your own speed. For a small fee you can walk the trail around the site and... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed August 21, 2016
Lorenzo B
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 21, 2016

An inactive archeology site where you can walk the site and view the findings without interruption at your own speed. For a small fee you can walk the trail around the site and self-guide yourself through the digs, visit the well, and view a unique site without crowds. Clovis, Folsom, Portales, etc. age relics are on display as they found... More 

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Thank Lorenzo B
Overland Park
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 23, 2016

We went here not knowing anything about the area. There are a great deal of local artifacts and education regrading the local indigenous peoples. We had ages 19-70 and all found this site interesting!

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 27, 2016

The exhibits compare mastodons with mammoths and other extinct large mammals. Also you can get a better understanding of early weapons, the difference between clovis and fulsome points. The museum is open year round--check website for details. The dig site would be awesome to visit, but is not available during the winter. They are going to open an enlarged museum... More 

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Thank Janet L
McKinney, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 9, 2016 via mobile

This is a great little museum highlighting the discoveries relating to the first archeological site discovered in the "new world". This museum houses many artifacts from the Paleo people. It also houses bones from many extinct animals including mammoths, camels and horses. Great visit. Admission was only $3.00.

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Thank DDay1959
Hot Springs, South Dakota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 6, 2015

Well worth the walk. Start at the museum first then on to the actual dig site. The museum and the dig site are separated by a few miles. Admission is only $2 for seniors and $3 for adults. Be advised it closes in November for the winter.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 11, 2015 via mobile

How excellent is this site- aka Blackwater Draw National Historic Site. George, the director, gave an excellent tour, described artifacts, tool making, mammoth bones, short nosed bear, method for preserving turtles for months in case food became scarce. Gave a great tour of the dig site. This place is unique in that it gives people a glimpse of human history... More 

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Albuquerque
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 10, 2015

This is a very interesting place to visit. We got there late but it looks like you could have a good hike plus see the dig itself. The employees are all scientist so extremely knowledgable and helpful. Some of the oldest areas if not the oldest in the country. The visitor center is just a building where they covered up... More 

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DFW, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 6, 2015

Go! Go! Definitely worth the very low admission fee and the mile-long hike. It IS in the desert, so be prepared for heat. There are nice benches along the way so you can sit, but take an umbrella, take water, and by all means take a camera. If you didn't go to the museum first, then drive down to it... More 

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Carlsbad, New Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 24, 2015

You need to come prepared to let your mind wander back more than 10,000 years... to dream about east New Mexico with 40+ inches of rain per year and a flowing stream and waterhole visited by countless now extinct species. You need to spend a full afternoon, first at the Museum on US Highway 70, and then at the archaeological... More 

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Portales, NM
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 21, 2015

This important site is both accessible and a treat to visit. The staff is wonderful, knowledgeable and helpful.

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