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40 Events in May
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Wednesday, May 1
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Oasis
Raptor Skies
Oasis State Park will have a presentation by Master Falconer Tom Smylie. A informative talk about predatory birds as well as live demonstrations will take place with a Peregrine Falcon as well as a Harris Hawk. Event will start at the Group shelter.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Valerie Russ 575-356-5331




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Wednesday, May 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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Saturday, May 4
10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Hyde Memorial
Earth Day Clean Up & Waterfall Hike
Join us for a clean-up day around the park, followed by a free lunch and waterfall hike. Enjoy a walk along the trails and help pick up litter along the way. The Visitor Center also needs dusting and clean-up to prepare for opening this spring. We’ll also need some green thumbs to help with flower planting. After the clean-up, join the Friends of Hyde for lunch, then a ranger-led walk to the waterfall. Saturday, May 4th 10:00 - 1:00 p.m. Trash pick-up along trails and campground, Visitor Center dusting, Flower planting and Spring cleaning BBQ lunch for cleaners starts at noon Ranger-led Waterfall Hike starts at 1:00 p.m. Trash bags provided Bring: gloves, sunscreen, hat, boots. Please sign up here https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FXBVZCN
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Randy Bates 505-983-7175
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Saturday, May 4-Sunday, May 5
09:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Living Desert
Unique Arts & Crafts Show
Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park is hosting the Unique Arts and Crafts Show Saturday, May 4th – Sunday, May 5th. The event will start at 9 a.m. and end at 4 p.m. each day. Come get a gift for mom for Mother’s Day! All arts and crafts are handmade. If you are a vendor and would like a booth, the deadline to reserve a spot is April 26. Please call the zoo for more information or come pick up a form. There is no fee to attend the Unique Arts and Crafts Show in the Visitor Center, but regular admission fees will apply for those wishing to enter the zoo (children 6 and under are free, 7-12 $3, 13 and up $5).
Fees: VC: Free: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Allison Leimer 575-887-5516




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Saturday, May 4
08:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Oasis
Star Party
Join the Clovis Astronomy Club for a night of star gazing on May 4, 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, May 4
07:30 PM - 09:30 PM
Oliver Lee
Ursa Major: The Big Bear
Join Oliver Lee Memorial State Park and the Amateur Astronomers Group for a star party featuring the constellation Ursa Major. Claudius Ptolemy listed the Great Bear as one of the original 48 constellations in the second century AD. Poets such as Homer and Shakespeare mention it in their works and seafarers used as a navigational reference. Contained within Ursa Major is the asterism know as the Big Dipper- and home to many deep sky objects.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Kate German (575) 437-8284




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Saturday, May 4
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 1.25 miles away.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Kate German (575) 437-8284




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Saturday, May 4
08:15 AM - 05:00 PM
Rio Grande Nature Ctr.
Boating Safety Course
Boat New Mexico - NASBLA approved course. FREE 8 hour Boating Safety Course offered by the New Mexico State Parks Division. There is no fee to take this course. Registration is required. Class size limited to 20 students Register on website: BoatNM.com Contact Christopher Bolen, Boating Education Coordinator, for more information. 575-373-5562 Everyone is encouraged to take a boating education course. Anyone born after 1/1/1989 who intends to operate a motorboat must successfully complete a state certified boating education course. Upon passing the course, you will receive a certificate of completion.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Christopher Bolen 575-373-5562




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Saturday, May 4
05:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Ute Lake
Logan Bass Club
Bass tournament - starting at sunrise
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Rick Martin (575) 487-2284




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Saturday, May 4
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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Sunday, May 5
07:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Conchas Lake
Fishing Tournament
Tiptop Bass Tournament
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Shawn Fisher 575-868-2270




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Wednesday, May 8
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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Wednesday, May 8
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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Saturday, May 11
07:30 AM - 09:00 AM
Caballo Lake
MIGRATORY BIRD DAY TOUR
Meet at the Percha Dam State Park Visitor Center. Celebrate World Migratory Bird Day with an experienced Audubon member to guide the tour.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: any park staff 575-743-3942




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Saturday, May 11
11:00 AM - 01:00 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




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Saturday, May 11
10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Cimarron Canyon
27th Annual Children's Fishing Derb
Maverick Campground Kids fishing derby. Free to children ages 3-11 years old. Free T-Shirts and goody bags to the first 100 entrants. Regular fishing regulations and day use fees apply. Registration form for all children will need to be completed.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Lee Ferguson 575 377-6271




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Saturday, May 11
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 1.25 miles away.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Kate German (575) 437-8284




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Saturday, May 11
07:30 AM - 09:00 AM
Percha Dam
MIGRATORY BIRD DAY TOUR
Meet at the Percha Dam State Park Visitor Center. Celebrate World Migratory Bird Day with an experienced Audubon member to guide the tour.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: any park staff 575-743-3942




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Saturday, May 11
08:30 AM - 03:30 PM
Rio Grande Nature Ctr.
Herbfest
HERBFEST offers herbs, wildflowers, and native plants for sale; arts and crafts for sale, and a speaker program. The day will also include guided bird and nature walks, an exciting raffle, crafts for kids, bird ID with the Audubon Society, a biofacts table, and unusual refreshments. The event is free with the the display an annual permit or purchase of $3 day use permit. Cash or check only. 08:30 AM Guided Bird Walk 10:00 AM Music by Music For All Seasons 10:30 AM Guided Bosque Walk 11:00 AM Music by Dog Star 12:00 PM Speaker - Timothy Lowrey, "Origins of Commonly Used Herbs and Spices" 01:00 PM Speaker - Michael Halverson, "Native Plants in Your Landscape" 02:00 PM Music by 80 Jackson Stree 03:00 PM Music by Adobe Brothers
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Front Desk (505)344-7240




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Saturday, May 11
05:30 AM - 03:00 PM
Ute Lake
Eastern New Mexico Kayak Fishing
Kayak fishing
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Rick Martin (575) 487-2284




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Sunday, May 12
08:30 AM - 03:30 PM
Rio Grande Nature Ctr.
Herbfest
HERBFEST offers herbs, wildflowers, and native plants for sale; arts and crafts for sale, and a speaker program. The day will also include guided bird and nature walks, an exciting raffle, crafts for kids, bird ID with the Audubon Society, a biofacts table, and unusual refreshments. Park day-use fee is $3.00 per vehicle, cash or check (Friends of the Rio Grande Nature Center or NM State Parks annual permit holders just need to display the valid annual permit). 08:30 AM Guided Bird Walk 10:00 AM Music by Friends Forever 10:30 AM Guided Bosque Walk 11:00 AM Music by Virginia Creeper 12:00 PM Speaker Wesley Brittenham, "Earthly Delights of Gardens" 01:00 PM Speaker Lulu Sage, "Beekeeping in an Urban Environment" 02:00 PM Music by Saoirse 03:00 PM Music by C & J Ltd
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Front Desk (505)344-7240




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Wednesday, May 15
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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Thursday, May 16-Sunday, May 19
05:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Ute Lake
Colorado TBF State Qualifying Tourn
Bass Tournament
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Rick Martin (575) 487-2284




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Saturday, May 18
08:30 AM - 05:00 PM
Brantley Lake
30th Anniversary Celebration
Come join Brantley Lake as we celebrate our 30th Anniversary. Opening ceremony will begin at 9:00 AM at the East Day Use Area. Walks along the dam will be from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM at the west entrance to the dam. Vendors, food trucks, and educational programs will be at the East Day Use Area from 8:30 AM to 2:00 PM. Boating safety games will be at the East Day Use Area from 3:00 to 4:00 PM A live band will be playing in the East Day Use Area from 5:00 to 7:00 PM
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Leila Haver 575-457-2384




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Saturday, May 18-Monday, May 20
08:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Caballo Lake
NATIONAL SAFE BOATING WEEK
Caballo Lake State Park is proud to announce that it will be conducting "Courtesy Recreational Boat Safety Inspections" in conjunction with National Boat Safety Week. Inspections will take place in the upper parking lot in route to the boat ramp. Staff will be on site to answer any boating or park questions you may have.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: any staff 575-743-3942




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Saturday, May 18
10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Navajo Lake
Kick off to Safe Boating Week
Join us at Navajo Lake Marina for the kick off of National Safe Boating Week (May 18-24) and the official start of summer! Music, Kids Activities, Bumper Boats, Life Jacket Clinic and Boating Demos.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Chris Smith 505-632-2278




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Saturday, May 18
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 1.25 miles away.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Kate German (575) 437-8284




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Saturday, May 18-Monday, May 20
08:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Percha Dam
NATIONAL SAFE BOATING WEEK
Caballo Lake State Park is proud to announce that it will be conducting "Courtesy Recreational Boat Safety Inspections" in conjunction with National Boat Safety Week. Inspections will take place in the upper parking lot in route to the boat ramp. Staff will be on site to answer any boating or park questions you may have.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: any staff 575-743-3942




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Saturday, May 18-Sunday, May 19
08:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Sugarite Canyon
World Migratory Bird Day Festival
Ever seen a hawk up close and personal? Or enjoyed doughnuts and coffee while watching several bird species at a nearby bird feeder? Or taken part in an easy walk for beginning birders? These experiences will be on hand for the World Migratory Bird Day Festival at Sugarite Canyon State Park. A schedule of event times and locations will be available at the park Visitor Center.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: staff 575-445-5607




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Saturday, May 18
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, May 19
01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Cerrillos Hills
Volunteer Training
Do you like talking to strangers? We need you! Volunteers help us extend the visitor center open hours. Share your knowledge. Enhance the visitor experience of the park.
Fees: waived for this event
Contact: park staff 505-474-0196




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Sunday, May 19
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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Sunday, May 19
06:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Ute Lake
Hereford Bass Club
Bass fishing tournament
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Rick Martin (575) 487-2284




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Wednesday, May 22
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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Saturday, May 25
10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Cerrillos Hills
Art in the Park
The range of artistic talent found along the Turquoise Trail corridor spans a variety of media and styles. Come meet the artists, learn about their creative process with Ceramics, Paintings, Cement sculpture, Art cards, Cerrillos Turquoise and Jewelry and Photography.
Fees: donations welcome
Contact: park staff 505-474-0196




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Saturday, May 25
08:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Heron Lake
Mountain Color Fun Run & Cornhole
Mountain Color Fun Run & Cornhole Tournament. 5K or 10K run along the beautiful East Meadow Trail located at Heron Lake State Park. Registration Fees benefit the Lobo parent teacher organization. Pre-registration information can be found at mountaincolorrun@gmail.com or call Terri Lindstorm at 575-588-7704 or Mr. Doris Rivera at 505-490-8343 Park day use fee of $5 will apply
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Terri Lindsrom 575-588-7704




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Saturday, May 25
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 1.25 miles away.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Kate German (575) 437-8284




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Saturday, May 25-Tuesday, May 28
06:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Sugarite Canyon
Sugarite Fishing Derby
The Sugarite Fishing Derby is a nine-day fishing extravaganza at Sugarite Canyon State Park! Registered anglers fish at Lake Maloya for tagged trout, to get a chance at cash prizes up to $1,000. And every registered participant gets a chance at a 14-foot V-hull Lowe boat and trailer! Registration is $10 per person. There are daily door prizes, as well as a Kids' Derby that will take place on Saturday, June 1.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: staff 5754455607




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Wednesday, May 29
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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Wednesday, May 29-Friday, May 31
06:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Sugarite Canyon
Sugarite Fishing Derby
The Sugarite Fishing Derby is a nine-day fishing extravaganza at Sugarite Canyon State Park! Registered anglers fish at Lake Maloya for tagged trout, to get a chance at cash prizes up to $1,000. And every registered participant gets a chance at a 14-foot V-hull Lowe boat and trailer! Registration is $10 per person. There are daily door prizes, as well as a Kids' Derby that will take place on Saturday, June 1.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: staff 5754455607




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