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Hey y’all! Hubby and I have to go to NM this weekend to pick up our son, we’re looking to do a little hounding again. I’ll be researching on places to go in the Alamogordo area. I’m not looking for yalls special sites or anything, just maybe a little advice or idea of an area to look into going.

I guess I should read up on the collecting laws there too huh:headscratch:

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Any help here, ... @PFOOLEY

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The Amateur Paleontologist

I'm not sure about collecting laws in New Mexico, but I'm aware that there are outcrops in north-central NM of the Late Triassic Chinle Formation (which has famously yielded remains of primitive dinosaurs including Coelophysis).. There's some really interesting fossil material coming out of there, it's worth lookin' into :) 

-Christian

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1 hour ago, Fossildude19 said:

Any help here, ... @PFOOLEY

I am not much help...I have never collected in the area. If I ever do get the chance, this...

...is what I would be after. :) 

 

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2 hours ago, PFOOLEY said:

I am not much help...I have never collected in the area. If I ever do get the chance, this...

...is what I would be after. :) 

 

Mike, I'm pretty sure you should have no trouble finding cigarette butts around where you live. :rofl:

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20 minutes ago, caldigger said:

Mike, I'm pretty sure you should have no trouble finding cigarette butts around where you live. :rofl:

:) ...we really need to demote tmaier.

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Lots of BLM and Forest Service Land to the North, East and South.  You can surface collect on these lands but invertebrates and plants only (No vertebrate collecting). DOD (Don't collect here) land to the West.   There is quite a bit of State Trust Land checker boarding within the BLM Lands.  You need a permit to access these lands and additional special permits for collecting.  

 

Check out the interactive maps from the State Land office:  http://www.nmstatelands.org/interactive-maps.aspx    for geologic info look at the oil gas and mineral map.  It has the ownership info along with the Geologic data. I recommend that you start by turning off all the layers, change the basemap (Upper right button) then turn on Fed and state layers (under Land Status) and then you can turn on the geology layer as needed. Play around and let me know if you have any questions.

 

Unfortunately, I have never collected around there.  Most of my adventures are in the galisteo basin, out near pecos or the galisteo Dam area

 

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