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Coelophysis (Seel-oh-FY-sis)

The New Mexico State Fossil

Also known as the Little Dinosaur of Ghost Ranch, Coelophysis is about 205 million years old and lived in a wet forest environment when this part of the North America was located near the equator.

Visit the Ruth Hall Museum of Paleontology

Watch as bones of small dinosaurs are being discovered right before your eyes! Exhibits also highlight Triassic animals.

Hours & Admission

Open Monday through Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Sunday 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. Please call for holiday hours - 505.685.1000 ext. 4118. Adults $4, Children $2 (13 and under), Seniors $3 (65 and older).

Paleontology Tour

Drive, then walk to the original quarry site and step back in time geologically and historically.  Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. │ $25 $12.50, Children (ages 5-12)

“Behind the Scenes” Tour

By reservation only. Join the curator for a “Behind the Scenes” look at the Florence Hawley Ellis Anthropology Museum or the Ruth Hall Paleontology Museum. Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. | $10, $5 Children (ages 5-12)

Photos by Jeffrey Martz


Ghost Ranch

is a world renowned site for Triassic paleontology. Exhibits include the recent discoveries of Tawa, a new species of small carnivorous dinosaur and Effigia, the archosaur species named okeeffeae (O’Keeffe’s Ghost).

Paleontology Workshops

If you have always wanted

to be part of a dinosaur dig, Ghost Ranch has opportunities for all ages.

I always wanted to be a paleontologist!

Week-long field workshops are offered several times during the year, including a three week January Term session, summer and fall. Collect Triassic vertebrate fossils at the new Hayden Quarry site. Explore the badlands of Ghost Ranch for new fossil locales. Clean and repair fossils, learn about the paleontology and geology of Ghost Ranch.

School Groups

Bring your school group for a museum tour and a fun activity. Young children love the handson Bone Dig and Dinosaur Quilt Making. Kids of all ages enjoy Fossil Bone Casting where you get to take home a plaster replica of a triassic fossil. Add a hike or museum tour and lunch and you have a field trip of a lifetime.

GhostRanch.org | 505.685.1000 ext. 4118 Ghost Ranch is 14 miles northwest of Abiquiu on Highway 84


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