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Robledo Permian Seacoast, Prehistoric Trackways National Monument

In collaboration with BLM, a CARTA group will hike the basic loop at the Trackways National Monument and part of the shore and seabed of the Permian Hueco Seaway. The hike is moderate and will take about 3 to 4 hours. It will be lead by Ranger Mike Downs (BLM) and Ben Brown (CARTA). The fossils that we should see include Walachia, a conifer similar to Norfolk pine as well as the foot prints, burrows other traces of a wide range of fish, insects and amphibians. The hike is moderate and suitable for all ages. Total distance and time, 5 miles and 2 – 3 hours. There is no cost but CARTA would be happy to take your membership or renewal. Limit: 15. For further information call: Mike Downs ([masked] /[masked]). Please sign up with Ben Brown ([masked]).

Directions to trailhead:

  1. Go north on Interstate 25
  2. Take Doña Ana exit 9.
  3. Head west on NM 320 for 2 miles until you reach NM 185.
  4. Turn right on NM 185 and head north for ½ mile to Shalem Colony Road.
  5. Turn left onto Shalem Colony Road and head west to Rocky Acres Road.
  6. Turn right onto Rocky Acres Road.
  7. After ¼ mile, turn left onto Permian Trackways Road and continue to parking lot.

DISTANCE is ~5 mi round-trip

ELEVATION GAIN is negligible.

FEES: None. Of course, if you carpool, please compensate your driver for gas!

DURATION: 2–3 hours

PET FRIENDLY? No. This is a sensitive, actively researched archeological site—do not bring your pet!

SKILL LEVEL is reasonably beginner friendly.

TERRAIN low desert, with sand, cacti, yucca. Many rolling hills and arroyos to climb in & out of.



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  • A former member
    A former member

    Wonderful day for an interesting hike with great people. Was well managed and enjoyable. Thanks to the organizers for adding a hike that is beginner-friendly, not requiring mountain-goat-like skills. Hike was well attended (22 people!) - would enjoy more hikes on this skill level.

    September 29, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member


    September 29, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    really lovely morning! Great hike, very vigorous, very good to have blm guide with all the info. My first hike with you, I look forward to the next one. Thank You!

    September 29, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Will we still go if it is rainy or raining?

    September 28, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I will also meet everyone at the trailhead.

    September 27, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I will be driving to the trailhead for the Permian Prehistoric Trackways hike - will not be meeting group at Milagro - see you at trailhead!

    September 26, 2012

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