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38 Events in September
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Sunday, September 1
09:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Heron Lake
Forestry Hike
A Ranger led morning hike on Heron Lakes East Meadow Trail of approximately 2.5 miles in length.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Heron Park Staff 575-588-7470




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Sunday, September 1
08:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Heron Lake
Carp Derby
Come try your luck at catching the most carp by weight and win a cash prize. September 1st from 8 am until 3 pm. Fishing will be permitted at both Heron and El Vado lakes. For official rules contact the park office. Prizes will be awarded for total weight. Cash prizes of $100 for 1st, $75 for 2nd and $50 for 3rd. Heron Lake 575-588-7470 Sponsored by the Friends of Heron and El Vado State Parks.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Office 575-588-7470




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Sunday, September 1
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. 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 7
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Caballo Lake
Black bears - The Lone Survivors
Celebrate National Wildlife Day and join us for a presentation on black bears - our state mammal. Meet at the Parcha Dam State Park Visitor Center. Free with valid park permit.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: any park staff 575-743-3942




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Saturday, September 7
07:30 PM - 08:30 PM
Heron Lake
New Mexico Pueblo's Program
Heron Lake Visitor Center will host a presentation from Chris Judson on the history of some Pueblos within New Mexico.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Heron Park Staff 575-588-7470




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Saturday, September 7
08:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Oasis
Star Party
Join the Clovis Astronomy Club for a night of star gazing on September 7, 2019. This will take place in the visitor center parking lot at dusk. Regular entrance fees apply for non-annual permit holders. All ages are invited to attend. No pets will be allowed at this event. Bring your binoculars, telescopes, red lense flashlights, etc. if you have them and enjoy a night of learning under the stars.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Valerie Russ 575-356-5331




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Saturday, September 7
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Percha Dam
Black bears - The Lone Survivors
Celebrate National Wildlife Day and join us for a presentation on black bears - our state mammal. Meet at the Percha Dam State Park Visitor Center. Free with valid park permit.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: any park staff 575-743-3942




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Saturday, September 7
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Rio Grande Nature Ctr.
Storytelling Under the Cottonwood
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: Visitor Center 505-344-7240




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Saturday, September 7
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. 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 7
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 the park to include shoreline and a sticker round up throughout the park. Hot dogs for lunch to feed all our hungry helpers!
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Laken Humble (575) 487-2284




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Saturday, September 7-Sunday, September 8
06:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Ute Lake
Quinn Wilson Memorial Tournament
Bass fishing tournament starting at safelight.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Rick Martin (575) 487-2284




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Saturday, September 7-Sunday, September 8
05:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Ute Lake
Springs Bassmaster Tournament
One, two day bass tournament. This is a card tournament so all fish will be returned to the water asap after being caught. Starts at sunrise.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Rick Martin (575) 487-2284




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Sunday, September 8
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. 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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Wednesday, September 11
05:30 PM - 07:30 PM
Rio Grande Nature Ctr.
Candelaria Nature Preserve Meeting
Please join the Candelaria Nature Preserve Technical Advisory Group to learn about the Resource Management Plan under development for the nature preserve. This will be an opportunity to learn about the vision, goals and future management strategies for the site regarding wildlife habitat and recreational access for the public, followed by Q&A.
Fees: none
Contact: Front Desk (505)344-7240




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Friday, September 13-Sunday, September 15
07:00 AM - 09:00 AM
Elephant Butte Lake
39th Annual Balloon Regatta
Up, Up and Away! Join us for the 39th Annual Balloon Regatta at the Butte! Activities begin Friday, September 13th at 7 am with Tether rides and balloon rides! Mass Accession will occur Saturday, Sept. 14th at 7 am from Lions Beach. There will be a Balloon Glow Saturday evening at 7 pm at the Sierra del Rio Golf Course. Tether rides will be available from Lions beach as well.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Jimmy McCarthy 505) 908-0909




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Saturday, September 14
10:00 AM - 11:15 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. We recommend you bring water to drink.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Kate German (575) 437-8284




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Saturday, September 14
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. 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 14
10:30 AM - 12:00 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 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.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Front Desk 505 344-7240




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Saturday, September 14-Sunday, September 15
05:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Ute Lake
American Bass Anglers
2 day bass tournament starting at sunrise
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Rick Martin (575) 487-2284




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Sunday, September 15
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. 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 15
06:30 AM - 02:30 PM
Ute Lake
Hereford Bass Club
Bass fishing tournament
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Rick Martin (575) 487-2284




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Friday, September 20
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 and marvel at telescope views of star clusters, nebulae, galaxies and the planets Saturn and Jupiter.
Fees: $5 per vehicle
Contact: park staff 505-474-0196




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Saturday, September 21
09:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Cerrillos Hills
Cerrillos Fiesta
Join us at the visitor center during this celebration of life in and around Cerrillos. We will have activities for visitors of all ages.
Fees: donations welcome
Contact: park staff 505-474-0196




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Saturday, September 21
06:00 AM - 09:00 PM
Leasburg Dam
Music & the Stars
Join us for two hours of music - Nichole Martinez, followed by an hour of telescope observation of night sky objects. Volunteers from the Astronomical Society of Las Cruces will be on hand to assist visitors. 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, September 21
08:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Living Desert
Boating Education Course
Get ready for your next boating outing by attending a National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) approved 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. Participants can view more information and register for classes here: www.boatnm.com If you have any questions, please contact Marine Enforcement Officer Amber Martinez at 575-457-2384 or email amberr.martinez@state.nm.us
Fees: Free
Contact: Amber Martinez 575-457-2384




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Saturday, September 21
10:00 AM - 11:15 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. We recommend you bring water to drink.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Kate German (575) 437-8284




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Saturday, September 21
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. 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 21
07:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Ute Lake
3-D Bow Shoot
3D bow and arrow shoot. Participant will take part in a fun target shoot to test your skills. Targets are placed in some challenging locations. Also take your chance at the money target
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Rick Martin (575) 487-2284




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Sunday, September 22
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. 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 22
07:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Ute Lake
Tip Top Bass Club
Bass Tournament
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Rick Martin (575) 487-2284




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Friday, September 27
08:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Ute Lake
New Mexico Boating Basics Class
8 Hour FREE Class To register you can call 575-487-2284 (Ute Lake visitor center), or sign-up at Logan School Office, 301 N. 2nd Street, Logan, NM.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Laken Humble (575) 487-2284




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Saturday, September 28
11:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Coyote Creek
50th Annirversay
Live Music, snacks, Casting and Frisbee contest with prizes. Educational events throughout the day from 11:00am to 3:00. Come join the fun.
Fees: Fees waived for the day
Contact: Chris Vigil 575-387-2328




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Saturday, September 28
10:00 AM - 11:15 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. We recommend you bring water to drink.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Kate German (575) 437-8284




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Saturday, September 28
06:45 PM - 09:30 PM
Oliver Lee
Our Place in Space
Join Oliver Lee Memorial State Park and the Amateur Astronomers Group for a star party featuring a the Milky Way galaxy. Ancient people of east Asia saw the Milky Way as a silverly river in the sky, Galileo- using his telescope could see the haze as vast numbers of individual stars. Philosophers and astronomers viewed it as "the universe" well into the 20th century. Learn how the work of astronomers like Herber Curtis and Edwin Hubble changed our view of our place in space starting in the 1920's. Dress appropriately for a cool autumn evening.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Kate German (575) 437-8284




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Saturday, September 28
10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Pancho Villa
Pancho Villa Last Chance Chili Cook
Pod of the Pass will be holding a chili cook-off at Pancho Villa State Park, which will be benefit the Friends of Pancho Villa State Park. This cook-off is the last chance for competitors to qualify for the big event in Terlingua, TX next month! Cooking starts at 10AM and judging begins at 2PM. Sampling cusp will be available for a $2 donation. All proceeds will benefit the Friends of Pancho Villa State Park.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Jonathin Horsley




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Saturday, September 28
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. 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 29
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Cerrillos Hills
Tarantula Hike
Spiders the size of doughnuts. Where are they going? What are they doing? Come find out on this creepy jaunt through the hills.
Fees: $5 per vehicle
Contact: park staff 505-474-0196




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Sunday, September 29
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. 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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