New Mexico State Parks Calendar of Events
View In Calendar Format
17 Events in March
Add to Itinerary

Friday, January 6-Friday, May 5
09:30 AM - 10:30 PM
Living Desert
PreSchool StoryTime
Every Friday that school is in session: Songs, a story, short walk through park and crafts. There is no fee for activities in the Visitor Center, but regular entrance fees apply to enter the zoo.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Kathryn Law (575) 887-5516



Add to Itinerary

Wednesday, February 1-Wednesday, March 22
09:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Living Desert
Docent Training
Learn about the Chihuahuan Desert and become a volunteer teacher and tour guide. This class begins on Wednesday, February 1, and continues for eight consecutive Wednesdays. A variety of topics are covered, including geology, plants, reptiles and amphibians, birds, mammals, invertebrates, and interpretation. Bring a sack lunch along. The fee of $35.00 includes a polo shirt and a Docent Manual.
Fees: $35.00
Contact: Kathryn Law (575) 887-5516



Add to Itinerary

Sunday, March 5
11:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Cerrillos Hills
Geology Hike
Decode the ancient past through the eyes of a geologist. Local rockhound Scott Renbarger will be your guide.
Fees: $5 per vehicle
Contact: park staff 505-474-0196



Add to Itinerary

Friday, March 10
07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Cerrillos Hills
Star Party
Explore the night sky above the park. Catch the green laser guided tour of bright stars and constellations and catch close-up views of star clusters, nebulae and distant galaxies through telescopes.
Fees: $5 per vehicle
Contact: park staff 505-474-0196



Add to Itinerary

Saturday, March 11
02:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Elephant Butte Lake
Sailing Regatta
Open to all comers/participants for sailing regatta
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Rio Grande Yacht Club 5053284826



Add to Itinerary

Saturday, March 11
08:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Heron Lake
Boating Safety Education Courses
This free course provides students the opportunity to interact with an experienced boating instructor. All motorboat, personal watercraft and sailboat operators born on or after January 1, 1989, must complete a boating safety course to operate on New Mexico waters. (This means operators - even those 13 years and younger being supervised by an adult on board.) Students must score 80 percent on the closed book exam to receive their Boater Education Card. For information or reservations, call (575) 588-7470- ask for Officer Sedillo.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Ranger Sedillo 575 588 7470



Add to Itinerary

Saturday, March 11-Friday, March 31
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 of early ranching in the Tularosa Basin. Join us for guided tours every Saturday and Sunday year round at 3:00 p.m. Meet us at the Visitor Center and let park staff know you want to go on the tour. You will drive your own vehicle, following a staff member from the Visitor Center parking lot to the Ranch House about 1.25 miles away.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Kate German (575) 437-8284



Add to Itinerary

Saturday, March 11
10:30 AM - 11:45 PM
Rio Grande Nature Ctr.
Nature Walk to the Rio Grande
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 1.5 hours long. The mostly flat, sandy trail is just under 1 mile. This walk is appropriate for adults and children. Registration is not required. If you would like to bring a group, please contact the park in advance for group registration information. Regular park use fees apply.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Front Desk (505)344-7240



Add to Itinerary

Saturday, March 18
08:30 PM - 10:00 PM
City of Rocks
Star Party
Mars is still visible in the west. Sirius and Canopus past the meridian. Jupiter rises by program end. Presenter: Charles Turner
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Tony Godfrey 575-536-2800



Add to Itinerary

Saturday, March 18
05:00 AM - 09:00 PM
Leasburg Dam
Magical March Night Sky at Leasburg
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



Add to Itinerary

Saturday, March 25
06:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Elephant Butte Lake
American Bass
Annual American Bass Fishing Tournament
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Tawny Bell 5757400683



Add to Itinerary

Saturday, March 25
01:00 PM - 06:00 PM
Elephant Butte Lake
Sailing Regatta
Sailing Class Fleet or "STAR" sailboats and limited cruising sailboats. Shore side spectators welcome
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Rio Grande Yacht Club 5053284826



Add to Itinerary

Saturday, March 25-Sunday, March 26
05:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Elephant Butte Lake
ABA Division 60 Bass Tournament
ABA Division 60 Bass Tournament
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Danny Christ 9109878326



Add to Itinerary

Saturday, March 25
07:30 AM - 03:30 PM
Oasis
8th Annual Spring Trout Derby
The 8th Annual Spring Trout Derby held at Oasis State Park and made possible with the support of the Friends of Oasis State Park, will be held only one day this year. The derby will be held March 25, 2017. Registration opens at 7:30 a.m. at the park office and will remain open during the derby times of 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Fees for the day will be the $5 per vehicle park entrance fee for non-annual permit holders and $5 per person derby entrance fee. Tagged trout in the pond will bring you money if you catch them. To redeem tagged trout prizes, the trout MUST still have the tag intact when it is taken in to collect. There will be 4 categories/colors of tags ranging in prize money from $10 to $100. All anglers 12 years of age and older MUST have a valid NM fishing license.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Oasis State Park 575-356-5331



Add to Itinerary

Saturday, March 25
08:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Rockhound
Star Party
Mars is still visible in the west. Sirius and Canopus pat the meridian. Jupiter is high in the east. Presenter: John Gilkison with NPO.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Robert V. Apodaca 575-546-6182



Add to Itinerary

Wednesday, March 29
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Sumner Lake
Forensic Anthropology
This program will include a short talk about what it is to be a Forensic Anthropologist, followed by a hands on opportunity to discover and follow the process of investigating and drawing conclusions from the findings. The program will be given by Aaron Roth and will be located at the Sumner Lake State Park Visitor Center.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Sara Brown 575-355-2541



Add to Itinerary

Thursday, March 30
12:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Career Opportunities
ENMU 2017 Career Fair
Please visit us on the Eastern New Mexico University campus in the Campus Union Ballroom (CUB) on Thursday, March 30 for an opportunity to explore employment with NM State Parks. The purpose of this event is to connect with potential employees. It is encouraged to bring resumes, transcripts and portfolios to share. We look forward to seeing you there!
Fees: Free
Contact: Miche Bove, PHR, SHRM-CP 505-476-3374



Click to go back to top of page