In 2002, dinosaur tracks were discovered by geologist Eric Kappus at Cerro de Cristo Rey. These dinosaur tracks are 97 million-years-old! Nature trails and guided tours are available for you to explore this prehistoric landscape.
The Insights El Paso Science Center now owns 211 acres of DinoTracks at the border of 2 countries and 3 states, thanks to a generous donation from Stanley Jobe. An ancient treasure is hidden in the rock beds of our corner of the vast Chihuahuan Desert. Millennia of geological activity has changed the wet environment to an extreme and arid desert, but with a trained eye, we can still see the evidence of an ancient dinosaur beach here today.
Join one of our docents for a personal tour of the DinoTracks near Sunland Park. We have trails with various footprints from the Cretaceous Period. Visitors can also visit a fossil bed with massive trackways where it looks as though a herd passed through.
DinoTracks Guided Tours:
Tours can be catered to each particular group’s special interests. Tours last about three (3) hours and accommodate all ages. Topics we can cover include:
- Animal tracking basics
- Aquatic/marine fossils
- Chihuahuan Desert Plants and Animals
- Dinosaurs and Paleontology
- Fossil formation
- Geologic history
- Trace fossils
- Tectonic Plate Activity and Earthquakes
- The Rio Grande River Basin
- Sedimentation and Erosion
Insights offers three different DinoTracks tour options:
On the first Sunday of every month, Insights will offer a guided public tour of our DinoTracks. First Sunday tours offer an active learning experience suitable for the whole family. Click the above link to find out more information about this series and to book your tour.
Are you an educator interested in taking your class on an educational DinoTracks tour? Insights provides discounted DinoTracks tours for school groups, TEK-aligned DinoTrack lesson plans, and ample bus parking. Visit this link to find out more information about our school tours.
Would you like to arrange a private DinoTracks tour to fit your schedule? We are happy to schedule tours for scout troops, families, or clubs on a time and date of your choosing. Follow the link above to book a private tour for 8* or more people.
Thank you Stanley Jobe!
DinoTracks tours would not be possible without the generous donation of 211 acres of property to Insights. Following the discovery of the DinoTracks in 2002 by Eric Kappus, Stanley Jobe donated the property to Insights El Paso Science Center to protect the dinosaur tracks and be developed as an educational resource for the Border Region.
Still have questions about our DinoTrack tours?