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43 Events in October
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Saturday, September 30-Sunday, October 1
06:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Conchas Lake
Socorro Bass Club Tournament
Bass Club Fishing Tournament
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Walter Robinson 575-518-8082



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Sunday, October 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, October 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. 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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Friday, October 6-Sunday, October 8
08:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Caballo Lake
4x4 Rock Climbing Challenge
Caballo Lake State Park will be home to the annual 4x4 Rock Climbing Challenge. The event will run from October 7th through the 15th. The Riverside Group Shelter Area will be the main meeting area for all participants. We expect a very large turnout for this event. Please be aware that all Riverside campsites are expected to be filled quickly by event participants.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: any staff 575-743-3942



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Saturday, October 7
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Cerrillos Hills
Amigos Hike
Prime hiking season returns with more Amigos Hikes. Every first Saturday of the month come out and cover some ground on these volunteer-led hikes.
Fees: $5 per vehicle
Contact: park staff 505-474-0196



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Saturday, October 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. 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, October 7
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Rio Grande Nature Ctr.
Bosque Storytelling Hour
Join us for storytelling under the cottonwood tree at The Rio Grande Nature Center State Park. Bosque Storytelling Hour, presented by Dianne Rossbach, will be offered at 10:30 am on the first Saturday of each month (weather permitting) at the Outdoor Education Classroom in the Native Plant Garden. 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. Dianne?s interpretive style includes participative stories and songs, particularly enjoyed by those aged 5 to 10 years old. Park day use fee of $3 or display of applicable permit applies.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Front Desk (505)344-7240



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Saturday, October 7-Sunday, October 8
05:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Ute Lake
Logan Bass Club Open Tournament
Annual Fishing Tournament
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Calvin Liles 575-403-6161



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Sunday, October 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. 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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Wednesday, October 11
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Leasburg Dam
History of Nature and Man at LDSP
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. Bring water shoes if you wish to experience the hot springs. Event is free with paid camping permit.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Alex Mares 575 524-4068



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Friday, October 13-Sunday, October 15
08:00 AM - 09:00 PM
Caballo Lake
4x4 Rock Climbing Challenge
Caballo Lake State Park will be home to the annual 4x4 Rock Climbing Challenge. The event will run from October 7th through the 15th. The Riverside Group Shelter Area will be the main meeting area for all participants. We expect a very large turnout for this event. Please be aware that all Riverside campsites are expected to be filled quickly by event participants.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: any staff 575-743-3942



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Saturday, October 14
07:30 PM - 09:00 PM
Caballo Lake
Star Program
Join us for a laser guided tour of the night sky and constellations. Bring the whole family. Telescopes will be used as well to view deep sky objects. Meet at the Stallion Campground.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: any park staff 575-743-3942



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Saturday, October 14-Sunday, October 15
06:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Conchas Lake
Duke City Bass Bums Tournament
Fishing Tournament
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Joseph Weber 505-328-1891



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Saturday, October 14
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, October 14
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: Officer Sedillo 575 588 7470



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Saturday, October 14
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Leasburg Dam
History of Nature and Man at LDSP
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 made this area their home over the centuries. Bring water shoes if you wish to experience the hot springs. Event is FREE with paid camping permit.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Alex Mares 575-524-4068



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Saturday, October 14
05:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Leasburg Dam
Music & the Stars
Come out and enjoy live music from (TBA. With a beautiful desert sunset with the Robledo Mtns. as a backdrop. Immediately after, enjoy the quality night sky 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, October 14
01:00 PM - 03:30 PM
Living Desert
Wolf Awareness Day
This annual event features programs and activities about the endangered Mexican Grey Wolf. At 1:00pm, the film "Lords of Nature" demonstrates the importance of large predators to an ecosystem. At 2:30pm, a PowerPoint program about Mexican Gray Wolves will be shown. The Living Desert State Park currently exhibits two of these beautiful animals.
Fees: No Fee
Contact: Kathryn Law (575) 887-5516



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Saturday, October 14
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, October 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. 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, October 14
09:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Sugarite Canyon
Down and Dirty Mountain Bike Race
Challenge your mountain bike skills in this "Down and Dirty" (DAD) mountain bike race in the rugged and beautiful mountains of Northern New Mexico. This will be the inaugural event of this 24-mile race. Participants are required to attend a mandatory orientation meeting at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, and the race will begin at 10 a.m. that day. For registration and other information, see ratondad.com or call Raton Parks and Recreation at 575-445-2413.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: park staff 575-445-5607



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Saturday, October 14
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 $10 fee for the 1st round shoot and $5 for each 2nd round shoot.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: State Oark Office 575-487-2284



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Sunday, October 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. 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, October 21
06:15 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, October 21
04:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Living Desert
Desert Starlight
This astronomy event begins at 4:00 p.m. with solar viewing, looking at our sun through telescopes with special filters. At 5:30 p.m., Interpretive Ranger Kathryn Law will present a PowerPoint program about the possibility of finding other life in our solar system. From 6:00 on, large telescopes will be set up in front of the Visitor Center to look at wonders of the night sky, including galaxies, star clusters, and nebulae. At 7:30 p.m., there will be a laser light constellation tour. There are no fees for these programs.
Fees: No Fee
Contact: Kathryn Law (575) 887-5516



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Saturday, October 21
07:00 PM - 09:30 PM
Oliver Lee
Shadows of Once Great Stars
The Amateur Astronomers Group will be sponsoring a tour of the fall sky. The constellations of the Summer Triangle and the Milky Way still reign supreme in the night sky. Come see the Veil Nebula and Messier 27, the Dumbbell Nebula, the brightest and one of the biggest of the planetary nebulas as seen from Earth. The first planet discovered by telescope, Uranus, will be at opposition. Dress warmly, come early and enjoy the beauty of Dog Canyon at sunset.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Kate German (575) 437-8284



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Saturday, October 21
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
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, October 21
10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Pancho Villa
12 Annual Pancho's Car Show
The Friends of Pancho Villa State Park will host the 12th Annual Pancho's Car Show at Pancho Villa State Park from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 21, 2017 with vintage to late model show cars, motorcycles and choppers. Enjoy music, food and drink, the park's Exhibit Hall and some of the best show cars and motorcycles in the southwest. Those interested in registering a show vehicle should call the park at 575-531-2711 or to download a registration form, visit: www.PanchoVillaStateParkFriendsGroup.org. See "Event Poster" link for Registration Form.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: John Read 575-531-2711



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Saturday, October 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. 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, October 22
02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Cerrillos Hills
Trekking and Trapping
Trapping and trekking in the western frontier. What was it like? Come find out as Stephen Dixon, in costume and character, shares the story of James Ohio Pattie. Co-sponsored by the New Mexico Humanities Council & the Department of Cultural Affairs, this program is made possible by the generous support of The Amigos de Cerrillos Hills State Park.
Fees: donations welcome
Contact: park staff 505-474-0196



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Sunday, October 22
07:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Conchas Lake
Tip Top Bass Tournament
Fishing Tournament
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Donny McWhirter 806-333-3116



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Sunday, October 22
03:00 PM - 04:00 PM
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, October 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. 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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Wednesday, October 25
08:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Leasburg Dam
History of Nature and Man at LDSP
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 made this area their home over the centuries. Bring water shoes if you wish to experience the hot springs.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Alex Mares 575-524-4068



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Saturday, October 28
09:00 AM - 11:30 PM
City of Rocks
Nature Hike
We will look for birds and other wildlife. Hike will start and end at the visitor center.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Tony Godfrey 575-536-2800



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Saturday, October 28
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Leasburg Dam
History of Nature and Man at LDSP
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 made this area their home over the centuries. Bring water shoes if you wish to experience the hot springs. Event is FREE with a paid camping permit.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Alex Mares 575-524-4068



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Saturday, October 28
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
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, October 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. 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, October 28
04:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Ute Lake
Zombie 5K Fun Run
Friends of Ute Lake will be hosting a Zombie 5K Fun Run. Registration at 4 pm at VC. Entry Fee is $20. 1st 30 to pre-register by October 14th get a t-shirt. The event will be throughout North Area Entrance
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: State Park Office 575-487-2284



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Sunday, October 29
02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Cerrillos Hills
Bats!
With more than 1,000 species, bats comprise 1/4 of the world’s mammal population. The only mammal that flies, these creatures have more in common with us than the mice they resemble.
Fees: donations welcome
Contact: park staff 505-474-0196



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Sunday, October 29
04:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Elephant Butte Lake
Public Safety Trunk or Treating
Enjoy safe trick or treating at Elephant Butte Lake State Park. Come see the decorated vehicles of members of local public safety. Public safety officials, volunteers and Friends of Elephant Butte Lake State Park will be handing out candy to the little ones dressed for Halloween. Please DO NOT bring your own candy or goodies, as these will only be provided by the Friends Group. Park entry Fee will be waived during 4-7 pm for this event only.
Fees: Waived between 4 pm-7 pm
Contact: Jeff Spencer 575-744-5923



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Sunday, October 29
03:00 PM - 04:00 PM
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, October 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. 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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