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:
Go north on Interstate 25 Take Doña Ana exit 9. Head west on NM 320 for 2 miles until you reach NM 185. Turn right on NM 185 and head north for ½ mile to Shalem Colony Road. Turn left onto Shalem Colony Road and head west to Rocky Acres Road. Turn right onto Rocky Acres Road. 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.
WEATHER is TBA.
AFTERWARDS is TBA.
MEET for carpool at:
Las Cruces: 7:30 am, in/outside Milagro Coffee at Pan Am Plaza. See map (OpenStreetMap (http://www.openstreetmap.org/?node=630424392) or Google Maps (http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=32.287422,-106.745166&aq=&sll=32.304328,-106.770802&sspn=0.057166,0.086174&ie=UTF8&ll=32.28755,-106.745288&spn=0.014929,0.021544&t=h&z=16)). Trailhead: 8 am. See directions above and map of parking lot. (http://www.openstreetmap.org/?mlat=32.37336&mlon=-106.86676&zoom=15&layers=M) MORE information:
Map of area (http://osm.org/go/Tl6qvXBV-)