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Blackwater Draw National Historic Site

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just a small museum but has lots of interesting facts and artifacts from the area. neat little... read more

Reviewed May 28, 2018
Lubbock, Texas
Nice Exhibit

Better information here than at the museum... if you had to pick just one - go to the actual site... read more

Reviewed April 22, 2018
Hendersonville, North Carolina
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National Historic Landmark...can view active archeological digs
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516 Highway 467, One mile north of Oasis State Park, Portales, NM 88130-9001
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Reviewed May 22, 2019 via mobile

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.

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank tomorrowsantiques
Reviewed April 11, 2019

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%...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed March 5, 2019 via mobile

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...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed October 13, 2018 via mobile

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.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Puma R
Reviewed July 6, 2018

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...More

Date of experience: July 2018
3  Thank Nancy D
Reviewed May 28, 2018

just a small museum but has lots of interesting facts and artifacts from the area. neat little piece of historical info.

Date of experience: May 2018
1  Thank Riverbabe60
Reviewed May 22, 2018

I have a history degree and am familiar with the Clovis points and peoples, but for some reason did not connect it to this area. (I was also pretty tired from a lot of camping and travel.) Happened to stay at a nearby state park...More

Date of experience: May 2018
2  Thank HotCanary
Reviewed April 22, 2018

Better information here than at the museum... if you had to pick just one - go to the actual site. If you did go to the museum, keep the receipt so that you don't have to pay here. The visitor center here is better than...More

Date of experience: April 2018
1  Thank ShannonLynch
Reviewed October 8, 2017

This is a small but unique archaeological dig site. The main area is under cover with the dig site exposed which all in my party from pre-teen to my own old self found to be very interesting. Be prepared to walk and if it is...More

Date of experience: October 2017
1  Thank Kenaijohn
Reviewed July 17, 2017

I had heard about the Clovis site, where projectile points were found from the oldest people who settled this area, since school days. What better time to visit than when I was in the area. The site is a bit off the beaten path, but...More

Date of experience: April 2017
1  Thank AuntieM64
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July 21, 2019|
Response from tomorrowsantiques | Reviewed this property |
We couldn’t get in. There was a chain across the road. It is only open certain days. What I read on the internet is that is better than the museum in town. Keep searching the websites😉
Tura C
June 20, 2018|
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Response from HotCanary | Reviewed this property |
I would contact them directly regarding when the site is open.
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