Murray Springs and other Mammoth Kill Sites



Dr. Jesse Ballenger will lead this field trip starting at the Murray Springs site outside of Sierra Vista. Murray Springs was recently designated a National Historic Landmark. Dr. Ballenger will guide us through the site covering the history of investigations there from 1966 to the present, and describing the challenges faced by managers to preserve the site. After Murray Springs we will continue to the Lehner Clovis site. This site witnessed the demise of approximately13 mammoth, perhaps in a single event. The tour will end at the Turquoise Valley Golf and RV Park in Naco, Arizona, not far from where Emil Haury excavated a single mammoth kill in 1952. We may also take in a quick visit to Camp Naco, a 1917 post erected as part of the Mexican Border Project..

Participants who do not want to do the full day tour may opt to just visit the Murray Springs site.

The Murray Springs interpretive trail is 3/4 mile, and it includes one deep arroyo crossing with footsteps. The Lehner, Palominas, and Naco area stops are each about1/4 mile walks, with minimal rough terrain.

We will meet at Houghton Rd and I-10 at 9 am to carpool and will be back around 4:00 pm. We plan to picnic at the San Pedro House (which does sell cold drinks). The tour is limited to 20 people. To sign up send an email to Katherine Cerino.


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