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Sunday, April 1
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Caballo Lake
EASTER EGG HUNT
Join Caballo Lake State Park and the Fraternal Order of Eagles #4308 at the annual Easter Egg Hunt for children ages 1 to 12. Located at the Riverside Campground Pavilion.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: any staff 575-743-3942



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Sunday, April 1
06:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Clayton Lake
Dust Bowl Marathon
A running/walking marathon, a half-marathon, 5K & 50K marathon from group shelter to the far end of the dam then to the far end of the campground and back and forth.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Mark Funk 575-374-8808



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Sunday, April 1
03:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Oliver Lee
Oliver Lee Ranch House Tour
In the early 19th century, Oliver Lee was a prominent rancher and politician: serving as a senator and state representative. The reconstructed house, originally built in 1893, features furnishings and displays that provide a window into the history or early ranching in the Tularosa Basin. Meet at the visitor center. You will drive your own vehicle, following a staff member to the Ranch House about 1.25 miles away.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Kate German (575) 437-8284



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Sunday, April 1
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Percha Dam
EASTER EGG HUNT
Join Caballo Lake State Park and the Fraternal Order of Eagles #4308 at the annual Easter Egg Hunt for children ages 1 to 12. Located at the Riverside Campground Pavilion.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: any staff 575-743-3942



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Saturday, April 7
08:30 PM - 10:30 PM
Caballo Lake
Star Program
Meet at the Stallion campsite parking lot. Join us for a laser guided tour of the stars and constellations. View distant galaxies and other night sky objects through powerful telescopes as well.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: any staff 575-743-3942



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Saturday, April 7
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Cerrillos Hills
Amigos Hike
Want to stretch your legs and get moving? Amigos hikes are a great way to meet new people and start each month with a hike. Come join this volunteer-led hike!
Fees: $5 per vehicle
Contact: park staff 505-474-0196



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Saturday, April 7-Sunday, April 8
05:30 AM - 03:00 PM
Conchas Lake
Duke City Bass
Bass Tournament
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Joseph Weber 505-328-1891



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Saturday, April 7-Sunday, April 8
05:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Conchas Lake
Golden Spread Bass Masters
Bass Tournament
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Leonard Eastepp 806-236-2581



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Saturday, April 7
06:30 PM - 08:30 PM
Leasburg Dam
Stars & the Park
Leasburg Dam State Park is an area considered to be a "quality night sky" by astronomers. Come out and join us for a Monthly Night Sky program. Several telescopes will be available for the public to observe planets, stars, nebulae etc. Weather permitting, the observatory and it's 16 inch research grade telescope will also be available for you to look through. Volunteers from the ASLC - Astronomical Society of Las Cruces will be on hand to assist visitors with the telescopes and answer questions. Regular Park Day Use or Camping Fees will apply.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Alex Mares 575-524-4068



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Saturday, April 7
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Oliver Lee
Oliver Lee Ranch House Tour
In the early 19th century, Oliver Lee was a prominent rancher and politician: serving as a senator and state representative. The reconstructed house, originally built in 1893, features furnishings and displays that provide a window into the history or early ranching in the Tularosa Basin. Meet at the visitor center. You will drive your own vehicle, following a staff member to the Ranch House about 1.25 miles away.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Kate German (575) 437-8284



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Saturday, April 7
08:30 PM - 10:30 PM
Percha Dam
Star Program
Meet at the Stallion campsite parking lot. Join us for a laser guided tour of the stars and constellations. View distant galaxies and other night sky objects through powerful telescopes as well.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: any staff 575-743-3942



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Saturday, April 7
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Rio Grande Nature Ctr.
Storytelling under the Cottonwood T
This program is presented by Dianne Rossbach, Nature Center Volunteer and Storyteller. Dianne’s interpretive style includes participative stories and songs, which are especially enjoyed by those aged 5 to 10 years old. This series offers multi-cultural natural history stories adapted for the tall and the small. Children should always bring their own adult, so they can enjoy the fun, too! Storytelling under the Cottonwood Tree will be offered at 10:30 am on the first Saturday of each month (weather permitting) in the Main Garden, Outdoor Classroom (set of benches)Aside from the Park Day-Use Fee, there is no additional charge for this program. The Park Day-Use Fee is $3.00 per vehicle exact cash or check (Friends of the RGNC permit holders and NM State Parks annual permit holders enter free with valid permit displayed).
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Front Desk 505-344-7240



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Saturday, April 7
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Rio Grande Nature Ctr.
Bosque Turtles!
Bosque School seniors Donny Kelley-Currens and Lev Handmaker will present all about the aquatic turtles found in our bosque! They will present the turtle research they conducted as part of the Bosque Ecosystem Monitoring Program (BEMP), as well as local turtle identification, basic turtle anatomy, and a mock demonstration of trapping and processing turtles. Although the presentation will include scientific findings it is a family-friendly event suitable for school age children through adults. Cost: $3.00 per vehicle (exact cash or check) Friends of the RGNC permit holders and State Parks annual permit holders enter free with valid permit displayed.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Front Desk 505-344-7240



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Sunday, April 8
03:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Oliver Lee
Oliver Lee Ranch House Tour
In the early 19th century, Oliver Lee was a prominent rancher and politician: serving as a senator and state representative. The reconstructed house, originally built in 1893, features furnishings and displays that provide a window into the history or early ranching in the Tularosa Basin. Meet at the visitor center. You will drive your own vehicle, following a staff member to the Ranch House about 1.25 miles away.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Kate German (575) 437-8284



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Saturday, April 14
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Caballo Lake
The Blessings of Bats
Meet at the Percha Dam State Park Visitor Center. National Bat Appreciation Day is in April. Join us for a presentation on the great gifts bats provide for both nature and humans.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: any staff 575-743-3942



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Saturday, April 14
06:00 AM - 03:30 PM
Conchas Lake
Crappie Fishing Tournament & Dinner
Crappie fishing tournament and dinner at Conchas Golf Course following the tournament.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Johnny Johnson 575-403-5015



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Saturday, April 14
05:30 AM - 04:00 PM
Elephant Butte Lake
NM Bass Team Trial
Bass Fishing Tournament
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Tawny Bell 5757400683



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Saturday, April 14
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Oliver Lee
Oliver Lee Ranch House Tour
In the early 19th century, Oliver Lee was a prominent rancher and politician: serving as a senator and state representative. The reconstructed house, originally built in 1893, features furnishings and displays that provide a window into the history or early ranching in the Tularosa Basin. Meet at the visitor center. You will drive your own vehicle, following a staff member to the Ranch House about 1.25 miles away.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Kate German (575) 437-8284



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Saturday, April 14
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Percha Dam
The Blessings of Bats
Meet at the Percha Dam State Park Visitor Center. National Bat Appreciation Day is in April. Join us for a presentation on the great gifts bats provide for both nature and humans.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: any staff 575-743-3942



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Saturday, April 14
08:15 AM - 05:00 PM
Rio Grande Nature Ctr.
NM Boating Safety Course
FREE 8 hour Boating Safety Course offered by the New Mexico State Parks Division. There is no fee to take this course. Registration is required. Class size limited to 20 students Register on website: BoatNM.com Contact Christopher Bolen, Boating Education Coordinator, for more information. 575-373-5562 Everyone is encouraged to take a boating education course. Anyone born on or after January 1st, 1989 who intends to operate a motorboat must successfully complete a state certified boating education course. Upon passing the course, you will receive a certificate of completion.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Christopher Bolen 575-373-5562



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Saturday, April 14
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Rio Grande Nature Ctr.
Nature WalkRio Grande Nature Center
Enjoy a leisurely exploration of the Middle Rio Grande Bosque ecosystem with one of the RGNC volunteer naturalists. Search for signs of animal life and discover how the Bosque and the Rio Grande provide habitat. The walk is about 1 1/2 hours long; the mostly flat, sandy trail is just under 1 mile. We recommend that you wear a hat and sunscreen and bring a water bottle. This walk is appropriate for adults and children. Meet your guide just west of the RGNCSP parking lot at the bench and bulletin board. Aside from the Park Day-Use Fee, there is no additional charge for this walk. The Park Day-Use Fee is $3.00 per vehicle exact cash or check (Friends of the RGNC permit holders and NM State Parks annual permit holders enter free with valid permit displayed). If you are interested in bringing a group, please contact the Park Instructional Coordinator to get a Group Registration Form. PH: 505 344-7240
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Front Desk 505-344-7240



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Sunday, April 15
03:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Oliver Lee
Oliver Lee Ranch House Tour
In the early 19th century, Oliver Lee was a prominent rancher and politician: serving as a senator and state representative. The reconstructed house, originally built in 1893, features furnishings and displays that provide a window into the history or early ranching in the Tularosa Basin. Meet at the visitor center. You will drive your own vehicle, following a staff member to the Ranch House about 1.25 miles away.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Kate German (575) 437-8284



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Wednesday, April 18
05:30 AM - 03:00 PM
Elephant Butte Lake
Socorro Bass Club
Bass Tournament
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Socorro Bass Club 5052521429



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Friday, April 20
07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Cerrillos Hills
Moon Hike
On this hike you can learn interesting lunar facts, folklore and get close-up views of the moon through our spotting scope.
Fees: $5 per vehicle
Contact: park staff 505-474-0196



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Friday, April 20
08:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Ute Lake
New Mexico Boating Basics Class
8 Hour FREE Class 2 for 1 Camping Pass at any New Mexico State Park for Passing Students. Can Call 575-487-2284 to register or sign-up at Logan School Office, 301 N. 2nd Street, Logan, NM.
Fees: Free
Contact: Laken Humble 575-487-2284



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Saturday, April 21
01:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Conchas Lake
Open House
Conchas Dam Fire & Rescue 1st Annual Open House. New Mexico State Parks will have a table at the Open House with camping and boating information. This free event offers an environment for children and families to have fun while learning about safety.
Fees: No Entrance Fee
Contact: Randy Bates 575-868-2270



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Saturday, April 21
01:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Elephant Butte Lake
Rio Grande Sail Boat Yacht Club
Sailboat Regatta All Sailboats are welcome
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Rio Grande Yacht Club 5053284826



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Saturday, April 21
07:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Oliver Lee
The Moon
Galileo's first views of the Moon through a telescope launched a revolution in science and forever changed our understanding of the universe. Join Oliver Lee Memorial State Park and the Amateur Astronomers Group and tour the first quarter Moon close-up through telescopes far better than those of Galileo. See lunar craters and mountain ranges and how those relate to our own vistas from Oliver Lee Memorial State Park. See other bright deep sky objects and hear stories from ancient mythologies to modern scientific discoveries.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Kate German (575) 437-8284



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Saturday, April 21
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Oliver Lee
Oliver Lee Ranch House Tour
In the early 19th century, Oliver Lee was a prominent rancher and politician: serving as a senator and state representative. The reconstructed house, originally built in 1893, features furnishings and displays that provide a window into the history or early ranching in the Tularosa Basin. Meet at the visitor center. You will drive your own vehicle, following a staff member to the Ranch House about 1.25 miles away.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Kate German (575) 437-8284



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Sunday, April 22
05:30 AM - 03:00 PM
Elephant Butte Lake
Socorro Bass Club
Bass Tournament
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Socorro Bass Club 5052521429



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Sunday, April 22
03:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Oliver Lee
Oliver Lee Ranch House Tour
In the early 19th century, Oliver Lee was a prominent rancher and politician: serving as a senator and state representative. The reconstructed house, originally built in 1893, features furnishings and displays that provide a window into the history or early ranching in the Tularosa Basin. Meet at the visitor center. You will drive your own vehicle, following a staff member to the Ranch House about 1.25 miles away.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Kate German (575) 437-8284



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Sunday, April 22
09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Ute Lake
Trash Pick-up and Sticker Round-up
Friends of Ute Lake will be having a trash pick-up throughout park to include shoreline and a sticker round-up throughout park.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Laken Humble 575-487-2284



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Friday, April 27-Sunday, April 29
08:00 AM - 06:00 PM
Ute Lake
Chuck Wagon Cook Off
Authenticate chuck wagons will cook & serve a meal of chicken fried steak, potatoes, beans, rolls and fresh apple cobbler. Each wagon will prepare a meal utilizing the same ingredients, but using there own recipe. Each recipe will be judged in the competition.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Sharon Reid 575-487-2284



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Saturday, April 28
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Cerrillos Hills
Plaza Tree Planting
Join us for the kick-off of the plaza landscaping project. We will plant two varieties of elm trees in front of the visitor center and celebrate with a baked goods fundraiser to benefit the Amigos de Cerrillos Hills State Park.
Fees: donations welcome
Contact: park staff 505-474-0196



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Saturday, April 28-Sunday, April 29
05:30 AM - 04:00 PM
Elephant Butte Lake
NM Bass Nation
Bass Fishing Tournament
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Randell Bell 5054121647



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Saturday, April 28
08:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Leasburg Dam
Monthly Bird ID Walking Tour
Meet Volunteer Guide - CJ Goin at Leasburg Dam State Park Visitor Center at 8am. Be prepared to take an easy to moderate hike and see and learn how to identify various bird species. Over 200 different bird species have been identified and recorded at Leasburg Dam State Park. Fall and Spring Migration are best times to see a wider range of birds. Due to the excellent birding found here - National Audubon has designated this park as an a IBA - Important Birding Area! Event is FREE with paid day use or camping permit.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Alex Mares 575-524-4068



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Saturday, April 28
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Oliver Lee
Oliver Lee Ranch House Tour
In the early 19th century, Oliver Lee was a prominent rancher and politician: serving as a senator and state representative. The reconstructed house, originally built in 1893, features furnishings and displays that provide a window into the history or early ranching in the Tularosa Basin. Meet at the visitor center. You will drive your own vehicle, following a staff member to the Ranch House about 1.25 miles away.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Kate German (575) 437-8284



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Saturday, April 28
11:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Villanueva
50TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
Welcoming Remarks & Cargo Family Recognition 11 am - Noon • 50Th Anniversary Car Show Noon - 3 pm Prizes awarded to Top 3 Show Cars (PEOPLE’S CHOICE) Limited to 60 Cars MUST Pre-register by Friday, April 13th Call Park at 1-575-421-2957 • Hotdogs, Hamburgers and more! Sold by the West Las Vegas High School Honor Society – Cash Only • Entertainment & Birthday Cake Come dance to the music of Sangre de Indio and the Martinez Bros. Fun activities for kids History of Villanueva State Park and surrounding areas with Joe Chavez 2pm – near Group Shelter • Bring la Familia! FREE event for the entire family! Please bring lawn chairs, hats, sunscreen and shoes for dancing and walking! Fishing? Must carry fishing license -Rain or Shine Event- •
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: John Villanueva 575-421-2957



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Saturday, April 28
08:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Villanueva
Villanueva State Park’s – Car Show
Villanueva State Park’s – 50th Anniversary Car Show Your car can be part of Villanueva State Park's 50th Anniversary Car Show on April 28th! - Details- Deadline to register is Friday, April 13th ACCEPTING THESE CATEGORIES: Hot Rod Car (1920’s-1990’s) Hot Rod Truck (1920’s-1990’s) Antique (1920’s-1950’s) Original (1950’s-1970’s) Custom Car (all years) Custom Truck (all years) 4X4 (all years) Lowriders (all years) Corvettes (all years) Limited to 60 Vehicles NO Registration Fee Set up time is 8 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. Prizes awarded to Top 3 Show Cars (PEOPLE’S CHOICE) MUST Pre-register by Friday, April 13th / Car Show April 28, 2018 Call Park at 1-575-421-2957 or for Car Show Registration please see "Event Poster" link below
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: John Villanueva 575-421-2957



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Sunday, April 29
06:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Conchas Lake
Tip Top Bass Tournament
Tip Top Bass Tournament
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Donny McWhirter 806-333-3116



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Sunday, April 29
03:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Oliver Lee
Oliver Lee Ranch House Tour
In the early 19th century, Oliver Lee was a prominent rancher and politician: serving as a senator and state representative. The reconstructed house, originally built in 1893, features furnishings and displays that provide a window into the history or early ranching in the Tularosa Basin. Meet at the visitor center. You will drive your own vehicle, following a staff member to the Ranch House about 1.25 miles away.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Kate German (575) 437-8284



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Monday, April 30
06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Conchas Lake
Public Meeting Draft Managemt Plan
Public Meeting to Review Draft Management Plan for Conchas Lake State Park. New Mexico State Parks will be hosting a public meeting to comment on the Draft Park Management Plan for Conchas Lake State Park.The plan proposes a variety of improvements to Conchas Lake State Park as well as management recommendations. The plan also includes a review of existing park resources and proposes improvements for the next 5 years. The public is encouraged to provide input on park management plans and the public meeting is a opportunity to communicate those ideas. If you have questions or comments about park management plans under development, please contact the Parks Planner, John Busemeyer or fax comments to 505-476-3361. If you have any special needs or accommodations for the meeting please contact the Park at 575-868-2270. Additional details and information will be posted in the coming days.
Fees: No Fee
Contact: Randy Bates 575-868-2270



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