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Saturday, May 27-Saturday, September 2
08:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Bottomless Lakes
Enchanted Evenings
Enchanted Evenings are presentations conducted by local Park Rangers or guest speakers and are usually nature oriented. These talks take place at the historic Lea Lake pavilion every Saturday night from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. They begin at 8pm.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Max Michanczyk 575-624-6058



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Friday, September 1
11:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Heron Lake
Heron Lake Dam Tour
The guided tour is of the inner workings of the Heron Lake Dam. Bureau of Reclamation personnel will discuss the role of the Bureau in providing water for the cities of the Southwest. Space is limited to 35 participants on a first come, first served basis. For more information, call 575 588 7470.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Rob Smith 575 588 7470



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Friday, September 1
09:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Heron Lake
Nature Inspired Art
Weekly art activities based on nature themes. “Paper Stained Glass,” bird & butterfly mobiles, paper making and much more. Specific art program will vary week to week. Check at the Visitor Center for the weekly program schedule. All programs are at the Visitor Center Great Room. All ages welcome.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Rob Smith 575 588 7470



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Saturday, September 2-Sunday, September 3
07:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Bottomless Lakes
Bottomless Bubblefest
Come join other scuba divers from around the region/state while participating in Bottomless Bubblefest. Participants will have the unique opportunity to compete in our dive poker game. Divers will collect the best cards in Lea Lake to see who can reveal the winning hand for the grand prize.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Max Michanczyk 575-624-6058



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Saturday, September 2
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Cerrillos Hills
Amigos Hike
Come out and stretch your legs on this volunteer-led, guided hike through the hills.
Fees: Just $5 per vehicle
Contact: park staff 505-474-0196



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Saturday, September 2
09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Heron Lake
Nature Inspired Art
Weekly art activities based on nature themes. “Paper Stained Glass,” bird & butterfly mobiles, paper making and much more. Have fun and create a memory of Heron Lake to take home with you! Check at the Visitor Center for the weekly program schedule. All programs are at the Visitor Center Great Room. All ages welcome.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Rob Smith 575 588 7470



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Saturday, September 2
08:30 AM - 09:30 AM
Heron Lake
Coffee with a Camp Host
Enjoy a hot cup of coffee with our camp host as well as homemade muffins (while they last!)at the Visitor Center. Find out about the local area & weekend events as well as swapping fishing stories with our camp hosts.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Rob Smith 575 588 7470



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Saturday, September 2
09:30 AM - 10:45 AM
Heron Lake
Saturday Morning Nature Walk
Join our Park Naturalist for a nature walk through the trails of Heron Lake. Hikes are tailored to the abilities of the group and all ages are welcomed. Other hike times are available on prior request. All hikes start at the Visitor Center.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Rob Smith 575 588 7470



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Saturday, September 2
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Heron Lake
Free Beginner Ukulele Lessons
If you are 8 years or older, here is your opportunity to explore a unique musical experience. Local resident Kathleen Galbraith teaches park visitors the basics needed to play the ukulele in just 60 minutes, and best of all, you do not need prior musical experience of any kind. She will provide instruments and simple handouts; all you need is a willingness to try something new!
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Rob Smith 575 588 7470



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Saturday, September 2
07:00 PM - 08:30 PM
Heron Lake
Line Dance Lessons at the Park
Come join us at the Visitor Center for a boot'scooting evening learning to line-dance with Camp Host Marsha. No skill or experience needed, wear comfortable shoes, feel free bring a (non-alcoholic) drink.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Rob Smith 575 588 7470



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Saturday, September 2
05:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Oasis
9th Annual Catfish Derby
Oasis State Park, with the support of the Friends of Oasis, will be holding their 9th Annual "Biggest Catfish Challenge" Derby on Saturday, September 2, 2017. Registration will start at 3:30 p.m. and run until 7 p.m. with the derby starting at 5 p.m. and ending at 9 p.m. The event is open to all ages. The park entrance fee of $5 is required for non-annual permit holders. The entry fee is a charge of $5 per person. There will be two categories in the challenge: Adult (age 16 years and older) and Junior (age 15 years and younger). Prizes will be the same for both categories with a first, second and third place for each. Prizes will be awarded immediately after the derby and will be based on the weight of the fish. Door prizes will be drawn throughout the derby as well. The catfish limit is 2 per person per day. Anyone 12 years of age and older must have a valid NM fishing license.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Oasis State Park 575-356-5331



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Saturday, September 2
08:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Rio Grande Nature Ctr.
Bird Walk
Join us for a guided Bird Walk at the Rio Grande Nature Center State Park. Volunteer Naturalists will lead you as you discover the amazing birds at the park. Bring your binoculars for a close-up view. Participants are asked to whisper during the walk. Meet your guide at the northeast corner of the parking lot, near the viewing wall. Groups, please contact the park. Individual registration is not required. Park day use fee ($3) or display of valid park pass applies. Call for additional information.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Front Desk (505)344-7240



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Sunday, September 3-Monday, September 11
08:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Eagle Nest Lake
Fish Fest
Fishing Derby with tagged Fish. Catch a tagged Fish turn in for prizes. Sponsored by Eagle Nest Marina
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Sue Finley (575)377-6941



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Sunday, September 3
09:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Heron Lake
Nature Inspired Art
Weekly art activities based on nature themes. “Paper Stained Glass,” bird & butterfly mobiles, paper making and much more. Have fun and create a memory of Heron Lake to take home with you! Check at the Visitor Center for the weekly program schedule. All programs are at the Visitor Center Great Room. All ages welcome.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Rob Smith 575 588 7470



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Sunday, September 3
08:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Rio Grande Nature Ctr.
Bird Walk
Join us for a guided Bird Walk at the Rio Grande Nature Center State Park. Volunteer Naturalists will lead you as you discover the amazing birds at the park. Bring your binoculars for a close-up view. Participants are asked to whisper during the walk. Meet your guide at the northeast corner of the parking lot, near the viewing wall. Groups, please contact the park. Individual registration is not required. Park day use fee ($3) or display of valid park pass applies. Call for additional information.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Front Desk (505)344-7240



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Tuesday, September 5
07:15 PM - 08:30 PM
Living Desert
Full Moon Walk
Visitors stroll through the zoo with trained tour guides by the light of the full moon. This is a beautiful time to experience the park. You may even hear the wolves howl! Registrations are required. Call (575) 887-5516.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Kathryn Law (575) 887-5516



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Saturday, September 9
08:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Bottomless Lakes
Ocho Millas
See what it takes to bike 8 laps around Bottomless Lakes State Park on the winding, up, and down road 409. 409 loops its way around the park for eight miles. Most can only endure one lap very few can do all 8 laps for a total of 64 miles. Its up to you can you survive Ocho Millas? Signup!! at tourdeochomillas.com or on facebook: Tour De Ocho Millas.
Fees: Participants waived
Contact: Max Michanczyk 575-624-6058



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Saturday, September 9
06:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Elephant Butte Lake
American Bass
American Bass annual fishing tournament
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: tawny bell 5757400683



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Saturday, September 9
08:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Rio Grande Nature Ctr.
Bird Walk
Join us for a guided Bird Walk at the Rio Grande Nature Center State Park. Volunteer Naturalists will lead you as you discover the amazing birds at the park. Bring your binoculars for a close-up view. Participants are asked to whisper during the walk. Meet your guide at the northeast corner of the parking lot, near the viewing wall. Groups, please contact the park. Individual registration is not required. Park day use fee ($3) or display of valid park pass applies. Call for additional information.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Front Desk (505)344-7240



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Saturday, September 9
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Rio Grande Nature Ctr.
Nature Walk
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. Groups, please contact the park. Individual registration is not required. Park day use fee ($3) or display of valid park permit applies. Call for additional information.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Front Desk (505)344-7240



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Saturday, September 9
08:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Ute Lake
3D Archery Shoot
Friends of Ute Lake will be hosting a 3D Archery Shoot. There is a $15 fee for the 1st shoot and $5 for each shoot thereafter.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: State Park Office 575-487-2284



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Sunday, September 10
08:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Rio Grande Nature Ctr.
Bird Walk
Join us for a guided Bird Walk at the Rio Grande Nature Center State Park. Volunteer Naturalists will lead you as you discover the amazing birds at the park. Bring your binoculars for a close-up view. Participants are asked to whisper during the walk. Meet your guide at the northeast corner of the parking lot, near the viewing wall. Groups, please contact the park. Individual registration is not required. Park day use fee ($3) or display of valid park pass applies. Call for additional information.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Front Desk (505)344-7240



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Sunday, September 10
08:45 AM - 10:15 AM
Rio Grande Nature Ctr.
Secrets in the Garden
Take a stroll through the beautiful Main Garden of the Rio Grande Nature Center State Park. Get acquainted with for the first time-or gain new insights into-the plants that grow in this special habitat. Learn how these plants support hundreds of local pollinators and numerous other creatures. Meet at the start of the trail, just west of the parking lot at the bench and bulletin board. Pre-registration is not required. Park day use fee of $3 per vehicle or valid permit displayed applies.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Front Desk (505)344-7240



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Thursday, September 14
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Leasburg Dam
Robledo Mtns.and La Cruz de Robledo
Come out and enjoy a ranger led hike along the Upper Mogollon Trail with beautiful vistas of the Rio Grande and surrounding mountains. Learn about the Camino Real de Tierra Adentro, the Robledo Mtns. and Pedro Robledo - their namesake. Event is free with paid camping permit.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Alex Mares 575-524-4068



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Friday, September 15
07:30 PM - 09:00 PM
Cerrillos Hills
Star Party
Explore the night sky above the park. See the green laser tour of bright stars and constellations then marvel at views of star clusters, nebulae, and galaxies through telescopes.
Fees: Just $5 per vehicle
Contact: park staff 505-474-0196



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Saturday, September 16
09:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Cerrillos Hills
Annual Cerrillos Fiesta
Join us at the Visitor Center during this celebration of life in and around Cerrillos. We will have wildlife presentations and activities for visitors of all ages.
Fees: donations welcome
Contact: park staff 505-474-0196



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Saturday, September 16
07:15 PM - 09:45 PM
City of Rocks
Star Party
Visit City of Rocks State Park for a night of star and plant gazing through our 14 inch Mead telescope at our monthly Star Party. If Weather Permitting.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Gabriel Medrano 575-536-2800



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Saturday, September 16
05:30 PM - 08:30 PM
Leasburg Dam
Monthly Music & the Stars
Come out and enjoy live music from Alison Reynolds (Folk) recording artist from Las Cruces, NM, with a beautiful desert Robledo Mtns. as a backdrop. Immediately after, enjoy the quality night sky and Perseid Meteor shower of Leasburg Dam State Park. See through various types of telescopes - including our 16in research grade telescope located within our observatory. Several volunteers from the ASLC - Astronomical Society of Las Cruces will be on hand to assist and answer questions. Event is free with paid camping permit.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Alex Mares 575-524-4068



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Saturday, September 16
08:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Rio Grande Nature Ctr.
Bird Walk
Join us for a guided Bird Walk at the Rio Grande Nature Center State Park. Volunteer Naturalists will lead you as you discover the amazing birds at the park. Bring your binoculars for a close-up view. Participants are asked to whisper during the walk. Meet your guide at the northeast corner of the parking lot, near the viewing wall. Groups, please contact the park. Individual registration is not required. Park day use fee ($3) or display of valid park pass applies. Call for additional information.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Front Desk (505)344-7240



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Saturday, September 16
06:00 PM - 07:30 PM
Rockhound
Mariachi Program
Entertainment is once again proudly sponsored by our Friends at First New Mexico Bank and co-sponsored by the Deming Lions Club. We are grateful to showcase our talented Deming High School Mariachi musicians, led by instructor Gerald Flores. (Alternate Rain Date 9/17/16 1-3PM)
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Robert V. Apodaca 575-546-6182



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Sunday, September 17
07:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Conchas Lake
Tip Top Bass Tournament
Bass Tournament
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Donny McWhirter 806-333-3116



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Sunday, September 17
08:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Rio Grande Nature Ctr.
Bird Walk
Join us for a guided Bird Walk at the Rio Grande Nature Center State Park. Volunteer Naturalists will lead you as you discover the amazing birds at the park. Bring your binoculars for a close-up view. Participants are asked to whisper during the walk. Meet your guide at the northeast corner of the parking lot, near the viewing wall. Groups, please contact the park. Individual registration is not required. Park day use fee ($3) or display of valid park pass applies. Call for additional information.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Front Desk (505)344-7240



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Saturday, September 23
10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Conchas Lake
National Public Lands Day
USACE & Conchas Lake State Park will be planting trees & shoreline cleanup on South Campground and NM State Parks Area.
Fees: Regular entrance fees
Contact: USACE 575-868-2221



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Saturday, September 23
10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Conchas Lake
National Public Lands Day
USACE & Conchas Lake State Park will be planting trees and shoreline cleanup.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: USACE 575-868-2221



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Saturday, September 23
08:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Elephant Butte Lake
Boating Safety Class
Boating Safety Course presented by Elephant Butte Marine Enforcement Officers
Fees: Fees waived
Contact: Salvador Gonzales 5757445923



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Saturday, September 23
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Leasburg Dam
Discovering Leasburg Dam State Park
Please join Leasburg Dam State Park staff for a guided, moderate 2mi hike and experience the diverse environments, wildlife and geothermal springs,Fall weather and learn about the different Chihuahuan Desert plants and peoples that have made this area their home over the centuries. Event is free with paid camping permit.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Alex Mares 575-524-4068



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Saturday, September 23
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Rio Grande Nature Ctr.
Animal Voices
Chirps, buzzes, growls and purrs – animals gab with each other just like we do. This interactive program will acquaint you with the ‘voices’ of the familiar insects, amphibians, birds and mammals of the Rio Grande Bosque. This program will be in our Education Building. Appropriate for all ages.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Front Desk (505)344-7240



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Saturday, September 23
08:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Rio Grande Nature Ctr.
Bird Walk
Join us for a guided Bird Walk at the Rio Grande Nature Center State Park. Volunteer Naturalists will lead you as you discover the amazing birds at the park. Bring your binoculars for a close-up view. Participants are asked to whisper during the walk. Meet your guide at the northeast corner of the parking lot, near the viewing wall. Groups, please contact the park. Individual registration is not required. Park day use fee ($3) or display of valid park pass applies. Call for additional information.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Front Desk (505)344-7240



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Sunday, September 24
08:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Rio Grande Nature Ctr.
Bird Walk
Join us for a guided Bird Walk at the Rio Grande Nature Center State Park. Volunteer Naturalists will lead you as you discover the amazing birds at the park. Bring your binoculars for a close-up view. Participants are asked to whisper during the walk. Meet your guide at the northeast corner of the parking lot, near the viewing wall. Groups, please contact the park. Individual registration is not required. Park day use fee ($3) or display of valid park pass applies. Call for additional information.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Front Desk (505)344-7240



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Thursday, September 28
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Leasburg Dam
La Cruz de Robledo-Robledo Mtns.
Come out and enjoy a ranger led hike along the Upper Mogollon Trail with beautiful vistas of the Rio Grande and surrounding mountains. Learn about the Camino Real De Tierra Adentro, the Robledo Mtns,and Pedro Robledo - their namesake. Event is free with paid camping permit.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Alex Mares 575-524-4068



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Saturday, September 30
09:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Cerrillos Hills
Tarantula Hike
Spiders the size of beer coasters. Where are they going? What are they doing? Come find out on this creepy jaunt through the hills.
Fees: Just $5 per vehicle
Contact: park staff 505-474-0196



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Saturday, September 30
08:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Leasburg Dam
Monthly Bird ID 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 - the National Audubon Society has designated Leasburg as a IBA - Important Birding Area! For more info contact Alex Mares at 575 524-4068 or alex.mares@state.nm.us
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Alex Mares 575-524-4068



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Saturday, September 30
09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Living Desert
Public Lands Day
Learn about agencies that protect public lands and wildlife in southeastern New Mexico, including the U.S. Forest Service, NM Game and Fish, US National Parks, and others. Exhibit booths, children's activities, giveaways.
Fees: No Fee
Contact: Kathryn Law 575-887-5516



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Saturday, September 30
08:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Rio Grande Nature Ctr.
Bird Walk
Join us for a guided Bird Walk at the Rio Grande Nature Center State Park. Volunteer Naturalists will lead you as you discover the amazing birds at the park. Bring your binoculars for a close-up view. Participants are asked to whisper during the walk. Meet your guide at the northeast corner of the parking lot, near the viewing wall. Groups, please contact the park. Individual registration is not required. Park day use fee ($3) or display of valid park pass applies. Call for additional information.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Front Desk (505)344-7240



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