Southeastern New Mexico Sights

Black Water Draw Museum

  • 42987 Highway 70 Map It
  • Portales

Published 06/22/2017

Fodor's Review

In the early 1930s, archaeologists in eastern New Mexico unearthed remnants of prehistoric animals like mammoths, camels, and saber-tooth tigers. More important, this was the first site in the contiguous United States that provided conclusive evidence that humans lived here at least 11,300 years ago. The culture and artifacts associated with these earliest inhabitants take their name from the nearby city of Clovis. The Black Water Draw Museum contains photographs of early excavations, along with artifacts from Clovis, Folsom, and later Native American civilizations. The museum looks a little lonely on the side of U.S. 70, 8 mi northeast of Portales, but its interior is cheerful, with informative, well-presented exhibits and a "touch and feel" table for children.

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42987 Highway 70 , Portales, New Mexico, 88130, USA

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Sight Details:

  • Site and museum $3

Published 06/22/2017


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