• Clayton Lake State Park - Clayton, New Mexico

      Photo by Dennis Goza
      Clayton Lake State Park is a good place for camping, fishing and boating, but there is another compelling reason to visit: one of the largest collections of dinosaur footprints in the country. Uncovered by a flood in 1982, this cluster of some 500 tracks from the Cretaceous Period is protected by a fence, but you still can get close enough to them for a good view and photographs. There are informative placards placed along the walkway, including one which reconstructs the exact movements of a single beast that made one particular set of prints.

      If you go:
      Day use fee is only $5 per vehicle at this writing. Camping fees are also very reasonable. The dinosaur tracks are best viewed in early morning and late afternoon, when the sunlight strikes them at an angle.


      141 Clayton Lake Road
      Clayton, New Mexico 88415 USA

      Mailing address:
      New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department
      1220 South St. Francis Drive
      Santa Fe, NM 87505 USA

      Phone Numbers:

      Clayton Lake State Park
      +1 (575) 374-8808