Las Cruces Adventure: BLM Offers Guided Hike to Prehistoric Trackways

Jun 16, 2017

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On Saturday, June 24, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will offer a guided hike to the Prehistoric Trackways National Monument, highlighting its significant paleontological and recreational resources.  The three-mile hike will begin at 8:00 a.m. from the second parking lot located near the Monument entrance, and will last approximately three hours.

The hike will take visitors to the discovery site of a major deposit of Paleozoic Era fossilized “trackways”—footprints of numerous amphibians, reptiles, insects, plants, and petrified wood—dating back 280 million years.  Colin Dunn, the BLM Las Cruces District paleontologist, will discuss the site’s importance to the scientific study of early Permian period track sites and the associated animal behaviors and environments of the time, which predate dinosaurs.   

The Prehistoric Trackways National Monument is located northwest of Picacho Avenue and Shalem Colony Trail.  Participants for the hike are asked to dress appropriately and to remember their outdoor essentials – water, snacks, hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen.  For more information, contact the BLM Las Cruces District Office at 575-525-4300.

As stewards, the BLM manages public lands for the benefit of current and future generations, supporting conservation as we pursue our multiple-use mission.  The Prehistoric Trackways National Monument was established by Congress in 2009 to conserve, protect and enhance the 5,280 acres of unique and national-important paleontological, scientific, educational, scenic, and recreational resources and values of the Robledo Mountains in southern New Mexico.


The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.