Clayton, New Mexico, has many scientific and historic attractions. Here are some links to help you find them:
- Clayton Lake State Park (~12 miles) and Cretaceous dinosaur tracks - other activities at the park
- Capulin Volcano National Monument (~60 miles) - website includes geology, animals, and plants, and a kid's area
- Herzstein Memorial Museum run by the Union County Historical Society - website includes history of Clayton
- Clayton High School WPA Collection (no web link) - open during lunch on Saturday, Oct 27, 2007, for NMNWSE Annual Meeting attendees courtesy Clayton Public Schools.
The Clayton High School campus is a living tribute to "The New Deal", particularly the Works Projects Administration (WPA). The campus was built as a WPA project in the 1930's in Pueblo Revival architectural style. A special room is dedicated to the handmade furniture, hand woven drapes, iron and copper work of many Union County residents who built the school. Thirty-six easel paintings by well-known NM artists are also on view. This collection constitutes the only WPA museum in the state.
- Folsom Museum (~60 miles) dedicated to the history of Folsom Man - while there you can also visit the scenic Folsom Falls, about 2 miles north of Folsom on 456.
- Dry Cimarron Scenic Byway driving tour
- The Eklund Hotel (the conference hotel)
has been a landmark for travelers of the southwest since the 1890s. The Eklund is known for the elaborately carved bar which is still in use in the saloon.
- Clayton Tourism Department - site includes a piece on "Black Jack" Ketchum, one of Clayton's most famous outlaws.
- The Clayton Chamber of Commerce also suggests golfing or visiting the Halloween haunted house as other activities that may be of interest. See the Chamber website or contact the meeting chair if you would like more info.