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33 Events in April
Friday, June 13-Sunday, June 14 Add to Itinerary
06:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Clayton Lake
Annual Trout Derby
The annual trout derby includes cash prizes for largest children's and adult's trout, other prizes for bass, walleye and channel cat, plus many other door prizes. Also, hot dog eating contests, children's sand digs, and horseshoe pitching tourney.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Charles Jordan 575-374-8808

Wednesday, April 1 Add to Itinerary
09:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Clayton Lake
Star Party
Come look at the stars with our computerized telescope, at the observatory.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Charles Jordan 575-374-8808

Saturday, April 4 Add to Itinerary
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Elephant Butte Lake
6th Annual Easter Egg Hunt
Easter egg hunt for kids 1-11 years of age. Prizes will be given to those kids that find the special "prize" eggs.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Jeff Harris 575-744-5923

Sunday, April 5 Add to Itinerary
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Caballo Lake
Annual Easter Egg Hunt
Join Caballo Lake State Park and 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 park staff 575-743-3942

Thursday, April 9 Add to Itinerary
07:00 PM - 10:00 PM
City of Rocks
Star Party
Join our presenter for an informational and intriguing look at City of Rocks night sky! Program will began at dusk at the Gene & Elizabeth Simon Observatory.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Gabriel Medrano 575-536-2800

Saturday, April 11 Add to Itinerary
02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Cerrillos Hills
New Mexico Raptors
Scientists study raptors to get important clues about environmental health. Guest presenter, Laura McCann will bring a Great Horned Owl, a Red-tailed Hawk and a Turkey Vulture and help you learn all about them.
Fees: $5 per vehicle
Contact: park staff 505-474-0196

Saturday, April 11-Sunday, April 12 Add to Itinerary
10:00 AM - 06:00 PM
Elephant Butte Lake
Sail Boat Regatta-3rd Spring series
Sailboat regatta.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: j24kachina@comcast.net 505-867-0026

Saturday, April 11 Add to Itinerary
06:30 PM - 09:30 PM
Leasburg Dam
Music, Venus and Stars
Come out and join the Astronomical Society of Las Cruces to view objects in the Spring night sky. View Jupiter, Venus and the Pleiades. Camping or Day Use fees apply.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Alex Mares 575 524-4068

Saturday, April 11 Add to Itinerary
08:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Leasburg Dam
Monthly Bird ID Tour
Meet Volunteer Birding Guide CJ Goin at South Day Use Area for a walking tour along the banks of the Rio Grande. You might observe a Broad - winged Hawk, Marbled Godwin, American Redstart, Painted Redstart or Townsend's Warbler. Dress warmly with appropriate footwear. Easy to moderate walk along mostly level ground.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Alex Mares 575 524 -4068

Saturday, April 11 Add to Itinerary
10:30 AM - 11:30 PM
Rio Grande Nature Ctr.
Birding Hot Spots of Northern NM
Join authors Judy Liddell and Barbara Hussey for a lecture and book signing of their book "Birding Hot Spots in Santa Fe, Taos, and northern New Mexico". The authors will share their experiences and intimate knowledge of the best places to find birds in these areas. They'll share a general description of each area, list target birds and explain when and where to look for them along with much more.
Fees: $3 per vehicle day use fee
Contact: Any park staff 505-344-7240

Saturday, April 11 Add to Itinerary
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Rio Grande Nature Ctr.
Bosque Excursion 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.
Fees: $3 per vehicle entrance fee
Contact: Any park staff 505-344-7240

Saturday, April 11 Add to Itinerary
08:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Rockhound
Desert Alive! & Native Plant Sale
Native plant walk & Interpretive programs, wide selection of native plants for sale from $7-$17. Master Gardeners are there to help with your selection.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Robert V. Apodaca 575-546-6182

Saturday, April 11 Add to Itinerary
09:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Sumner Lake
Sumner Lake annual Open House
Come out to Sumner Lake State Park's annual "OPEN HOUSE". Day use fees will be waived and the public is invited into the park. Rangers will be available from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the visitors center. So come out and buy your annual permits, ask questions, and enjoy refreshments being served at the visitors center.
Fees: day use fees waived
Contact: Kris Tuggle 575-355-2541

Sunday, April 12 Add to Itinerary
01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Caballo Lake
Rattlesnakes!
Join us to learn about rattlesnakes - both factual and fictional information about this fascinating, frightening and misunderstood creature that almost became our national emblem instead of the bald eagle. This program includes information about snake safety as well. Meet at the Percha Dam Visitor Center.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Park Staff 575-743-3942

Sunday, April 12 Add to Itinerary
08:00 AM - 09:00 AM
Caballo Lake
Bird Walk
Join us for our weekly bird walk on Sunday. Walks begin at the Percha Visitor Center. We host bird walks on a seasonal basis. This year, our bird walks are held every Sunday from April 12th through Sunday, August 30th. No walk will be held on 4th of July weekend and Memorial Day weekend. Bring sunscreen, water, good walking shoes and binoculars. Dress for the forecasted weather.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Park Staff 575-743-3942

Sunday, April 12 Add to Itinerary
08:00 AM - 09:00 AM
Percha Dam
Bird Walk
Join us for our weekly bird walk on Sunday. Walks begin at the Percha Visitor Center. We host bird walks on a seasonal basis. This year, our bird walks are held every Sunday from April 12th through Sunday, August 30th. No walk will be held on 4th of July weekend or Memorial Day weekend. Bring sunscreen, water, good walking shoes and binoculars. Dress for the forecasted weather.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Park Staff 575-743-3942

Sunday, April 12 Add to Itinerary
01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Percha Dam
Rattlesnakes!
Join us to learn about rattlesnakes - both factual and fictional information about this fascinating, frightening and misunderstood creature that almost became our national emblem instead of the bald eagle. This program includes information about snake safety as well. Meet at the Percha Dam Visitor Center.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: any park staff 575-743-3942

Saturday, April 18 Add to Itinerary
09:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Clayton Lake
Star Party
Come look at the stars with our computerized telescope, located in our observatory.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Charles Jordan 575-374-8808

Saturday, April 18-Sunday, April 19 Add to Itinerary
06:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Elephant Butte Lake
American Bass Anglers tournament
Bass fishing tournament.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Danny Christ 910-987-8326

Saturday, April 18 Add to Itinerary
09:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Living Desert
Earth Day Event
Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park will host their 21st annual Earth Day Event from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 18 in the Visitor Center. The U.S. Forest Service will be giving away free tree seedlings and there will be many Party for the Planet children’s activities including sunspot viewing through a telescope with solar filters, crafts, face painting, and microscopes to look at pond creatures. In addition, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m., the Carlsbad Horticulture Society Gift Shop will be hosting “A Taste of the Living Desert,” featuring a variety of New Mexico foods and also indoor and outdoor succulents available for sale. Several New Mexico authors will be here to sell and sign their books. Buy a raffle ticket for a chance to win a unique prize.
Fees: No Fee
Contact: Kathryn Law (575) 887-5516

Saturday, April 18 Add to Itinerary
08:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Oliver Lee
Venus and the Pleiades
Join the Amateur Astronomers Group for a spring sky tour. In the west after sunset, Venus will form a close conjunction with the Pleiades, while Jupiter dominates the sky in Cancer. Come early and enjoy the beauty of Dog Canyon at sundown. Meet at Group Shelter.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Wendy Justice 575-437-8284

Sunday, April 19 Add to Itinerary
08:00 AM - 09:00 AM
Caballo Lake
Bird Walk
Join us for our weekly bird walk on Sunday. Walks begin at the Percha Visitor Center. We host bird walks on a seasonal basis. This year, our bird walks are held every Sunday from April 12th through Sunday, August 30th. No walk will be held on 4th of July weekend or Memorial Day weekend. Bring sunscreen, water, good walking shoes and binoculars. Dress for the forecasted weather.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Park Staff 575-743-3942

Sunday, April 19 Add to Itinerary
11:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Cerrillos Hills
No Bones About It
Hike the trails and examine our collection of skulls and other bones to learn how their shapes and sizes allow animals like cougars, bobcats and their prey survive in the wild.
Fees: $5 per Vehicle
Contact: 505-474-0196 park staff

Sunday, April 19 Add to Itinerary
08:00 AM - 09:00 AM
Percha Dam
Bird Walk
Join us for our weekly bird walk on Sunday. Walks begin at the Percha Visitor Center. We host bird walks on a seasonal basis. This year, our bird walks are held every Sunday from April 12th through Sunday, August 30th. No walk will be held on 4th of July weekend or Memorial Day weekend. Bring sunscreen, water, good walking shoes and binoculars. Dress for the forecasted weather.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Park Staff 575-743-3942

Friday, April 24 Add to Itinerary
10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Elephant Butte Lake
Earth Day & Arbor Day Celebration
Tree planting, garden crafts, and informative talks on the plant life at the park.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Chase Crenshaw 575-744-5923

Saturday, April 25 Add to Itinerary
03:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Cerrillos Hills
Turquoise Gala / Doña Tules
The Amigos annual fundraiser dinner - a feast for mind and body. In costume, Dr. Irene Blea brings to life Doña Tules: Lady Gambler of Santa Fe at the Visitor Center. Then enjoy a delicious dinner at St. Joseph’s Parish hall. Co-sponsored by the New Mexico Humanities Council & the Department of Cultural Affairs this program made possible by the generous support of Amigos de Cerrillos Hills State Park. Dinner is $20 per person RSVP required. Contact Pat Brown at 505-438-3008 to reserve your spot.
Fees: Donations welcome
Contact: park staff 505-474-0196

Saturday, April 25-Sunday, April 26 Add to Itinerary
10:00 AM - 06:00 PM
Elephant Butte Lake
Sail Boat regatta-4th fall series
Sailboat regatta.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: j24kachina@comcast.net 505-867-0026

Saturday, April 25-Sunday, April 26 Add to Itinerary
08:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Ute Lake
Chuck Wagon Cook-off
Chuck Wagons will arrive on 4/25/15. All wagons will compete for best meat, dessert, etc. on Saturday, April 26th. Meals will be served at noon. Tickets will be sold by Ute Lake Renegades.
Fees: No Fees
Contact: Buckey Stone 575-487-2284

Sunday, April 26 Add to Itinerary
01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Caballo Lake
Scorpions!
Join us to learn about the Arizona Bark scorpion - both factual and fictional information which includes important safety tips. Meet at the Percha Dam Visitor Center.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Park Staff 575-743-3942

Sunday, April 26 Add to Itinerary
08:00 AM - 09:00 AM
Caballo Lake
Bird Walk
Join us for our weekly bird walk on Sunday. Walks begin at the Percha Visitor Center. We host bird walks on a seasonal basis. This year, our bird walks are held every Sunday from April 12th through Sunday, August 30th. No walk will be held on 4th of July weekend or Memorial Day weekend. Bring sunscreen, water, good walking shoes and binoculars. Dress for the forecasted weather.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Park Staff 575-743-3942

Sunday, April 26 Add to Itinerary
08:00 AM - 09:00 AM
Percha Dam
Bird Walk
Join us for our weekly bird walk on Sunday. Walks begin at the Percha Visitor Center. We host bird walks on a seasonal basis. This year, our bird walks are held every Sunday from April 12th through Sunday, August 30th. No walk will be held on 4th of July weekend or Memorial Day weekend. Bring sunscreen, water, good walking shoes and binoculars. Dress for the forecasted weather.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Park Staff 575-743-3942

Sunday, April 26 Add to Itinerary
01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Percha Dam
Scorpions!
Join us to learn about the Arizona Bark scorpion - both factual and fictional information which includes important safety tips. Meet at the Percha Dam Visitor Center.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Park Staff 575-743-3942

Wednesday, April 29 Add to Itinerary
06:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Clayton Lake
Dust Bowl Marathon
Last of a series of five marathons in five states, in five days. Participants can walk or run a full or half marathon.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Clint Burleson 575-382-8869.

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