Take a field trip, put on your thinking cap, and find all the fossils hidden in the Calabacillas Arroyo’s artwork! You can see them from the walkways on both sides of the arroyo.

Start here, by printing the Calabacillas Flyer Brochure. Visit the site and see how many of the artificial fossils you can find!

Calabacillas Arroyo "fossil" artworkAfter your hunt, check back here to see where some of the fossils on the north side of the channel are! Click on the heading below to reveal the Scavenger Hunt Answer Key. (South side fossils not pictured; some north side fossils are obscured in the composite photo.)

How to get to the parking area: Northbound on Coors Blvd NW, north of Irving, take a right on Westside Blvd NW. The entrance to the Calabacillas Arroyo access is on the left, where the road intersects with Riverfront Drive. Follow the access road to the right to the parking area, where you will find the informational sign. Map


Ditches Are Deadly — Stay Away! Find Safe Places to Swim and Play

If you go to school in Albuquerque, you’ve probably heard this message before — because it’s TRUE!

It’s never a good idea to play in a storm drain, ditch, or arroyo. Even if it isn’t raining where you are, it might be raining in the mountains — and you could suddenly find yourself in serious trouble!

Stay safe – stay out of the arroyos, even when they are dry.

You can learn a lot more by going to the “Ditches are Deadly” website. We also have some fun activities on the “Activities” tab of this page of the AMAFCA website.

Click on the thumbnails below to open up and print some fun activities for you and your friends to do together:

Flash Flood coloring page Beware of flash floods! (coloring page)

Call 911 coloring page Call 911 (coloring page)

word search activityShow off your ditch and arroyo safety vocabulary with this word search – do you know all of them?