May 13, 2017 – Trip – Ghost Ranch


 Cattle rustlers with stolen goods, dinosaurs, Navajos, the Gallina, Georgia O’Keeffe and John Wayne… all walked the “Ranch of the Witches” that became Ghost Ranch.  We will tour the museum. John Hayden, retired Forest Service archeologist, will give an illustrated talk on the cultural background of the Ghost Ranch area detailing the Gallina Culture.  We will also learn about Ghost Ranch paleontology and the Coelophysis (dinosaur) discovery site.  Coelophysis is the New Mexico state fossil!

We will tour the Florence Hawley Ellis Museum of Anthropology which houses artifacts from Paleo Indian cultures and present day pottery and weavings.  The largest collection Gallina artifacts in the world are housed there.   Adjacent is the Ruth Hall Museum of Paleontology,  built around an 8-ton block from the Ghost Ranch Quarry, we will see Coelophysis skeletons from 225 million years ago.

Contact Ron Overley if you have additional questions:

Photo Credit: By Artotem from Here, There, and… – Ghost Ranch ValleyUploaded by PDTillman, CC BY 2.0,

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