Footsteps of Dinosaurs – Prehistoric Trackways National Monument – Las Cruces – New Mexico

Just north of Las Cruces off of highway 185, is a place where dinosaurs walked. Well, actually most of New Mexico is where dinosaurs walked, but Prehistoric Trackways National Monument is one of the few places that the evidence of their existence can be plainly seen. Best of all, it costs nothing more than effort … Continue reading Footsteps of Dinosaurs – Prehistoric Trackways National Monument – Las Cruces – New Mexico

Chloride – Ghost Town – Sierra County – New Mexico

Those of you that know me, know I love a good ghost town. This is one of the best I've seen. In 1880, Silver was discovered in the north of the Black Range Mountains. The ore was discovered by a Brit by the name of Henry Pye. A few months after he filed his claim, … Continue reading Chloride – Ghost Town – Sierra County – New Mexico

Fort Bayard Historical Site- Bayard – Grant County – New Mexico

When I drove into Fort Bayard, I didn't know what to expect. There are so many sites where old west forts used to be that nothing actually remains of them other than a couple of interpetive signs. Fort Bayard is different. A large portion of this historical site stands for all to see. Located east … Continue reading Fort Bayard Historical Site- Bayard – Grant County – New Mexico

Mimbre Artist and His Art – Pictographs and Cliff Home – Trail to the Past – Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument – Gila National Forest – New Mexico

Author's Note: Many of these pictographs are subtle and faded. The more you study the pictures, more will appear in the stone. Spend a little time looking for the buried images in the rock. While visiting the Cliff Dwellings at Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument, there is another site that is also worth visiting. The … Continue reading Mimbre Artist and His Art – Pictographs and Cliff Home – Trail to the Past – Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument – Gila National Forest – New Mexico

Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument- Gila National Forest – New Mexico

This was sort a bucket list kind of thing for me. I've always wanted to see these and I finally got there. Of course it was raining the entire time, though I suppose it could be worse. It could have been snowing. I will admit that it didn't diminish the impact of this ancient city … Continue reading Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument- Gila National Forest – New Mexico

Crossing the Emory Pass – Sierra County, New Mexico

The Black Range Mountains are part of the Gila National Forest. The road above, New Mexico 152, runs between Caballo and Silver City through the heart of the Black Range Mountains crossing the Continental Divide. The drive is amazing and dangerous. Tight hairpin curves and sheer drop cliffs where ditches should be makes this an … Continue reading Crossing the Emory Pass – Sierra County, New Mexico

About the Author

Mikel B. Classen has been writing about northern Michigan in newspapers and magazines for over thirty-five years, creating feature articles about the life and culture of Michigan’s north country. He’s written about Upper Peninsula history, travel, outdoors, the environment and many other subjects. A journalist, historian, photographer and author with a fascination of the world … Continue reading About the Author