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Explore thousands of years of history on public lands in New Mexico! BLM strives to protect, preserve and manage its cultural landscape for the benefit of present and future generations – including outstanding archaeological and historic sites and places important to Native Americans.
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Managing some 35,000 archaeological sites on over 13.5 million acres of public lands in New Mexico is a daunting task. Fortunately, BLM has excellent partners who help us identify, record, and monitor cultural resources. 

Learn more about our partners’ intriguing research projects and their dedicated efforts to watch for natural damage and vandalism at remote sites.

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Did you know that Native New Mexicans have flourished here for thousands of years, leaving evidence of their camps, villages, and art on public lands? During the past four centuries, European explorers, soldiers, and settlers also made New Mexico their home. 

Want to learn more about archaeology and history?  

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BLM New Mexico’s cultural resources management program is designed as a comprehensive system for identifying, planning the appropriate use of, and managing cultural resources on the public lands in New Mexico, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Texas. Visitors can help us with this mission by treating cultural resources with respect.

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Navajo Defensive Site

BLM New Mexico Cultural Resources

National Historic Trails

El Camino Real

Old Spanish Trail

Carlsbad Field Office
Black River Recreation Area

Farmington Field Office
Crow Canyon Petroglyphs
Simon Canyon
Pueblitos of Dinétah
Largo Canyon Homesteads

Las Cruces Field Office
Lake Valley Historic Townsite
Three Rivers Petroglyph Site
Dripping Springs Natural Area
La Cueva

Rio Puerco Field Office
Guadalupe Ruin
Casamero Pueblo

Roswell Field Office
Rio Bonito Petroglyph Trail

Socorro Field Office
Fort Craig Historic Site
Magdalena Stock Driveway

Taos Field Office
Posi-Ouinge
La Cieneguilla Petroglyph Site


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Early photo of Kemp homesteadHomesteading in New Mexico
In 2012 our nation will commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the Homestead Act, signed by President Abraham Lincoln in 1862. Check back as we will be featuring stories about homesteaders in New Mexico and how BLM is preserving this history.
  
El Malpais HomesteadLife on the Bad Lands: Homesteading in El Malpais
Driving into El Malpais National Conservation Area it becomes evident that this area was once heavily homesteaded. The remains of these homes - now abandoned - are all that's left, signs of the hardships homesteaders faced scraping a living from the land.
  
Photo of George McJunkin on a horseGeorge McJunkin: A Chapter in New Mexico History
George McJunkin, an early African American cowboy in New Mexico, was born a slave in Texas, freed after the Civil War, and moved to New Mexico as a homesteader. In 1908 he discovered the Folsom Site, where ancient bison and human remains established a human presence in North America 7,000 years earlier than had been previously thought.


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Kemp Homestead Video
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