PLEASE DON'T PICK UP THE PRETTY ROCKS at Petrified Forest National Park. Bits and parts of the millions-years-old petrified trees are being picked up and hauled away by tourists. Everything from small pieces to chunks that weigh 50 pounds or more. Rangers estimate they lose 12 tons of petrified wood a year this way. If you're caught, the penalties can ruin your vacation!
Still more on BILLY THE KID story in New Mexico. See all the story plus update. More here...
CUMBRES & TOLTEC RAILROAD to be ready for its May 29, 2004 opening run. With $800,000 federal & state sources, the old, narrow gauge steam powered locomotives have been refurbished to federal standars and will pull passengers all summer from Chama, in Northern New Mexico, to Antonito, Colorado. As far as I'm concerned, thyis is as good a trip as the Durango train and the folks are a lot friendlier. AND, you can wander around the yard and touch things. See a past story here.
It's not going to be called the ROSWELL UFO FESTIVAL anymore. By now, the folks in the SE new Mexico town think, everybody should know what Roswell is famous for. So, starting this year, it will be ROSWELL 2004.
This years celebration of the landing, maybe, of a manned space craft from another world out in the hills near Roswell in 1947 will be July 1 through the 4th.
They are going to build a neighborhood that looks like Roswell of 1947 and the only music you'll hear downtown will be from that era.
And lots of UFO seminars and stories and tales and looking around at the night sky, hoping,hoping, maybe this year someone from way out there will attend.
Go here for the Roswell UFO Museum website.
This is near Clayton, in NE New Mexico. I know, it's one of those spots you'll have to going from someplace to someplace and pass through by accident. But if you do, detour to Clayton State Park. Along the spillway of a small lake there, more than 500 dinosaur footprints have been preserved and identified. Plant-eating and carnivorous dinosaurs, as well as some ancient crocodiles, made these prints. Interpretive markers identify significant tracks and paleontological features on the walk. The best times to view the tracks are in the morning and late afternoon.
Also worth seeing is Capulin Crater National Monument. You can actually drive to the top of the extinct crater. Go 58 miles west of Clayton on Hwy 64 and 87 to the town of Capulin, then three miles north on Hwy 325 to Capulin Volcano National Monument.