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Saturday, October 2
06:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Leasburg Dam
Music and Stars
JOIN US FOR A WONDERFUL NIGHT OF LIVE MUSIC AND STARS ! Music starts at 6pm Tom Foster Morris is an award winning, Nashville recording artist, singer/songwriter, guitar/harmonica player, who resides in Las Cruces. He performs regularly at local venues. The title track from his CD, “All Those Years Ago”, had reached #4 on the Independent Music Network Country Charts. With over 100 self penned songs to his credit, his recently released Nashville recordings of Comanche Moon & Holding It Together (Without You). Both songs have both been awarded bronze medals by The Global Music Awards & The Akademia  Music Awards. The year 2021 marks the 70th anniversary of the Astronomical Society of Las Cruces. After the music show, they will host a star viewing program at the observatory. Please join us and enjoy seeing amazing night sky objects.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: any park staff 575-524-4068




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Saturday, October 2-Sunday, October 3
06:30 AM - 03:00 PM
Ute Lake
Logan Bass Club
Bass Tournament
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Rick Martin (575) 487-2284




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Friday, October 8
03:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Oliver Lee
It's All About the Water
The Mescalero & the Frenchman: What Brought Them Here? Join volunteer, Stan Hendrix for an easy hike into the bottom of Dog Canyon. Learn why people have been coming here for hundreds of years. Wear sturdy shoes and bring water. Meet at Frenchy's cabin just west of the visitor center parking lot.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Kate German 575-437-8284




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Friday, October 8
08:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Oliver Lee
Starry Nights
Join us for a tour of the night sky. We’ll point out constellations, planets and maybe even the International Space Station. It’s amazing what you can see without a telescope! Dress for our cool desert evenings and bring a chair and binoculars if you want. Meet at site #36.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Kate German (575) 437-8284




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Saturday, October 9
10:00 AM - 11:00 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 1.75 miles away. We recommend you bring water to drink.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Kate German (575) 437-8284




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Saturday, October 9
08:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Rio Grande Nature Ctr.
Guided Bird Walk
Join us for our Guided Bird Walks every Saturday and Sunday morning. Preregistration is required. Please call the RGNC Front Desk 505-344-7240 to sign up. Walks are limited to (12) people. Participants are encouraged to bring binoculars and insect repellant and sunscreen, as needed. Meet at the Candelaria Viewing Area (Northeast side of the parking lot). If you are signed up and can’t attend, kindly call us so that we can open the spot to someone on the waiting list. The Park’s 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: Front Desk (505)344-7240




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Saturday, October 9
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Rio Grande Nature Ctr.
Nature Walk to the Rio Grande
Enjoy a family friendly 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 Rio Grande and Bosque provide habitat. The mostly flat, sandy trail is just under 1 mile. Pre-registration is required by calling (505)344-7240. Walks take place the second Saturday of each month.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Front Desk (505)344-7240




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Sunday, October 10
06:30 AM - 02:30 PM
Ute Lake
Hereford Bass Club
Fishing tournament
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Rick Martin (575) 487-2284




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Monday, October 11
11:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Cerrillos Hills
Grass Class
Sarah Wood returns to Cerrillos to volunteer this workshop on native grasses flourishing in the park. Microscopes and materials provided to help you examine specimens you collect and prepare for a take-home herbarium. The class is about 3 hours and attendees are encouraged to bring snacks/lunch and are welcome to stay for the entire 3 hour class or can leave if needed.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Peter Lipscomb 505-474-0196




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Friday, October 15
03:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Oliver Lee
It's All About the Water
The Mescalero & the Frenchman: What Brought Them Here? Join volunteer, Stan Hendrix for an easy hike into the bottom of Dog Canyon. Learn why people have been coming here for hundreds of years. Wear sturdy shoes and bring water. Meet at Frenchy's cabin just west of the visitor center parking lot.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Kate German 575-437-8284




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Friday, October 15
08:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Oliver Lee
Starry Nights
Join us for a tour of the night sky. We’ll point out constellations, planets and maybe even the International Space Station. It’s amazing what you can see without a telescope! Dress for our cool desert evenings and bring a chair and binoculars if you want. Meet at site #36.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Kate German (575) 437-8284




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Saturday, October 16
10:00 AM - 11:00 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 1.75 miles away. We recommend you bring water to drink.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Kate German (575) 437-8284




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Saturday, October 16
08:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Rio Grande Nature Ctr.
Guided Bird Walk
Join us for our Guided Bird Walks every Saturday and Sunday morning. Preregistration is required. Please call the RGNC Front Desk 505-344-7240 to sign up. Walks are limited to (12) people. Participants are encouraged to bring binoculars and insect repellant and sunscreen, as needed. Meet at the Candelaria Viewing Area (Northeast side of the parking lot). If you are signed up and can’t attend, kindly call us so that we can open the spot to someone on the waiting list. The Park’s 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: Front Desk (505)344-7240




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Saturday, October 16-Sunday, October 17
05:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Ute Lake
High Desert Walleye
Fishing tournament
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Rick Martin (575) 487-2284




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Saturday, October 16
06:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Ute Lake
3D Bow Shoot
3D bow and arrow shoot. Participants will take part in a fun target shoot to test your skills. Targets are placed in some challenging locations.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Rick Martin (575) 487-2284




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Sunday, October 17
04:00 PM - 06:00 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. Both programs listed above will be in the park. To help streamline your arrival, bring $5 exact cash or check to pay the park fee of $5 per vehicle and follow the self-permit process. Free with a valid New Mexico State Park pass.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Peter Lipscomb 505-474-0196




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Sunday, October 17
12:00 PM - 01:30 PM
Rio Grande Nature Ctr.
Former Senator Dede Feldman
Join former Senator Dede Feldman as she launches her new book, Ten More Doors; Politics and the Path to Change. Books will be available for purchase at the event. For anyone who wants to make political change, start a campaign, advance a cause or just stay in the fight, former Senator Dede Feldman’s memoir, Ten More Doors, charts an inspirational path. Arriving in New Mexico a stranger in 1975, Dede’s path to change takes her through alternative newspapers, adobe construction, women’s campaigns and heated grassroots politics. Door-to-door, she learns the wisdom of the street in Albuquerque’s North Valley, where matanzas and sweathouses reveal an eclectic mix of old and new, Hispanic and Anglo. Once inside the legislature, she takes on the big issues amid conflict and corruption, developing the grit to persist in a long game that lasts beyond the Santa Fe Roundhouse. Dede’s honest—and sometimes hilarious—account of neighborhood encounters, wins and losses holds lessons fo
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Front Desk (505)344-7240




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Sunday, October 17
08:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Rio Grande Nature Ctr.
Guided Bird Walk
Join us for our Guided Bird Walks every Saturday and Sunday morning. Preregistration is required. Please call the RGNC Front Desk 505-344-7240 to sign up. Walks are limited to (12) people. Participants are encouraged to bring binoculars and insect repellant and sunscreen, as needed. Meet at the Candelaria Viewing Area (Northeast side of the parking lot). If you are signed up and can’t attend, kindly call us so that we can open the spot to someone on the waiting list. The Park’s 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: Front Desk (505)344-7240




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Sunday, October 17
06:30 AM - 03:00 PM
Ute Lake
Tip Top Bass
Fishing tournament
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Rick Martin (575) 487-2284




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Friday, October 22
08:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Oliver Lee
Starry Nights
Join us for a tour of the night sky. We’ll point out constellations, planets and maybe even the International Space Station. It’s amazing what you can see without a telescope! Dress for our cool desert evenings and bring a chair and binoculars if you want. Meet at site #36.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Kate German (575) 437-8284




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Friday, October 22
03:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Oliver Lee
It's All About the Water
The Mescalero & the Frenchman: What Brought Them Here? Join volunteer, Stan Hendrix for an easy hike into the bottom of Dog Canyon. Learn why people have been coming here for hundreds of years. Wear sturdy shoes and bring water. Meet at Frenchy's cabin just west of the visitor center parking lot.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Kate German 575-437-8284




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Saturday, October 23
10:00 AM - 11:00 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 1.75 miles away. We recommend you bring water to drink.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Kate German (575) 437-8284




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Saturday, October 23
08:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Rio Grande Nature Ctr.
Guided Bird Walk
Join us for our Guided Bird Walks every Saturday and Sunday morning. Preregistration is required. Please call the RGNC Front Desk 505-344-7240 to sign up. Walks are limited to (12) people. Participants are encouraged to bring binoculars and insect repellant and sunscreen, as needed. Meet at the Candelaria Viewing Area (Northeast side of the parking lot). If you are signed up and can’t attend, kindly call us so that we can open the spot to someone on the waiting list. The Park’s 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: Front Desk (505)344-7240




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Sunday, October 24
08:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Rio Grande Nature Ctr.
Guided Bird Walk
Join us for our Guided Bird Walks every Saturday and Sunday morning. Preregistration is required. Please call the RGNC Front Desk 505-344-7240 to sign up. Walks are limited to (12) people. Participants are encouraged to bring binoculars and insect repellant and sunscreen, as needed. Meet at the Candelaria Viewing Area (Northeast side of the parking lot). If you are signed up and can’t attend, kindly call us so that we can open the spot to someone on the waiting list. The Park’s 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: Front Desk (505)344-7240




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Friday, October 29
08:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Oliver Lee
Starry Nights
Join us for a tour of the night sky. We’ll point out constellations, planets and maybe even the International Space Station. It’s amazing what you can see without a telescope! Dress for our cool desert evenings and bring a chair and binoculars if you want. Meet at site #36.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Kate German (575) 437-8284




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Friday, October 29
03:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Oliver Lee
It's All About the Water
The Mescalero & the Frenchman: What Brought Them Here? Join volunteer, Stan Hendrix for an easy hike into the bottom of Dog Canyon. Learn why people have been coming here for hundreds of years. Wear sturdy shoes and bring water. Meet at Frenchy's cabin just west of the visitor center parking lot.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Kate German 575-437-8284




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Saturday, October 30
06:30 PM - 08:30 PM
Leasburg Dam
Star Program
Each month on the Saturday closest to the third quarter Moon we open the Leasburg Dam observatory to the public. Members from the Astronomical Society of Las Cruces operate the 16" Meade SCT scope and typically one or more telescopes just outside the observatory. With the Moon being below the horizon and a clear sky you can see the Milky Way galaxy just by looking up. Through the telescopes you can see nebulae, globular clusters, planetary nebulae, and far away galaxies.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: any park staff 575-524-4068




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Saturday, October 30
10:00 AM - 11:00 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 1.75 miles away. We recommend you bring water to drink.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Kate German (575) 437-8284




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Saturday, October 30
04:00 PM - 05:30 PM
Ute Lake
Zombie Fun Run
Join the Friends of Ute Lake State Park for a Zombie themed 5K fun walk/run. Entry fee is $30.00 (refundable only upon closure). Costumes are optional. Zombie Fun Run will take place on Saturday, October 30th. Meet at the Ute Lake State Park Visitor Center at 4:00 p.m. to register for the Zombie Fun Run! Ages 10 and under are free! Walk/Run will begin at 4:30 p.m. All proceeds go toward the efforts made by the Friends of Ute Lake to improve the park! Registration forms can be picked up at Ute Lake State Park Visitor Center, at the Logan Municipal School Library, or online at Friends of Ute Lake FaceBook page. Those who pre-register by October 16th will receive a t-shirt!
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Rick Martin (575) 487-2284




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Sunday, October 31
02:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Cerrillos Hills
Bats
With over 1,000 species spanning the globe, bats comprise 1/4 of the total number 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: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Peter Lipscomb 505-474-0196




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Sunday, October 31
10:00 AM - 11:00 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 1.75 miles away. We recommend you bring water to drink.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Kate German (575) 437-8284




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Sunday, October 31
07:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Ute Lake
Tip Top Bass
Fishing tournament
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Rick Martin (575) 487-2284




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