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35 Events in January
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Monday, January 1
02:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Bottomless Lakes
First Day Hike
Hikers are invited to attend a First Day Hike at Bottomless Lakes State Park. The hike will take place along the 1/2 mile Wetlands Trail. Along the elevated boardwalk trail, hikers might see migratory waterfowl and animal tracks of native wildlife. Hikers are encouraged to bring cold weather clothing, water, sunscreen and binoculars if needed.
Fees: Park Fees Waived for Event
Contact: Max Michanczyk 575-624-6058



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Monday, January 1
01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Cerrillos Hills
First Day Hike
Start your New Year off on the right foot. Join us for a guided hike through the Hills, featuring a trivia contest with prizes and a New Year's celebration at the top of the trail. Fees are waived for this don't miss event.
Fees: Park Fees Waived for Event
Contact: park staff 505-474-0196



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Monday, January 1
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
City of Rocks
First Day Hike
City of Rocks 7th Annual 1st Day Hike. The hike will be approximately 2 miles long. On the parks newly made Cienega trail. The hike is moderate difficulty, so bring sturdy shoes or boots and plenty of water.
Fees: Park Fees Waived for Event
Contact: Gabriel Medrano 575-536-2800



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Monday, January 1
09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Eagle Nest Lake
Polar Bear Challenge
Polar Bear Plunge into Eagle Nest Lake and Polar Bear Stomp is a hike/snowshoeing around Eagle Nest Lake for 1 hour and possible other events
Fees: Park Fees Waived for Event
Contact: State Park Office (575)377-1594



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Monday, January 1
10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Elephant Butte Lake
First Day Hike
*Historic First Day Hike Join us January 1, 2018 for First Day Hike Historic Elephant Butte Dam Hike (East Side) - Starts at the overlook on SR 51/177 at 10am - Approx. 3/4 mile long hike across the dam - Presentation on the history of Elephant Butte Dam - Moderate level Dirt Dam Hike (West Side) - Meet at Dirt Dam parking lot off of SR 195 - Approx. 3.6 miles long - Moderate level
Fees: Park Fees Waived for Event
Contact: Jeff Spencer 575-744-5923



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Monday, January 1
09:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Hyde Memorial
First Day Hike
Join us for a moderate hike on the Waterfall Trail beginning at 9:30 a.m. New Year's Day! We will meet at the Hyde Memorial State Park Visitor Center. The minimum age is 10 years old. Please remember to bring water, waterproof shoes, and dress in warm clothing. On this scenic winter wonderland hike, our destination will be the waterfall which at this time of year is frozen over and an absolutely spectacular sight to see!
Fees: Park Fees Waived for Event
Contact: Eric Ytuarte 505-983-7175



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Monday, January 1
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Leasburg Dam
1st Day Hike ! Start Good -End Good
Start the new year off in a different, fun and healthy way. Join us for a ranger led hike of the beautiful Buffalo Soldier, Upper and Lower Mogollon Trails and experience both the classic chihuahuan desert uplands and the riverine, riparian environments along the Rio Grande. See and feel the rare and unique geothermal springs and the aquatic plants and animals that are sustained by these waters - in the dead of winter!
Fees: Park Fees Waived for Event
Contact: Alex Mares 575-524-4068



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Monday, January 1
09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Living Desert
First Day Hike
Celebrate the New Year by walking through our beautiful Zoo and botanical gardens!
Fees: Park Fees Waived for Event
Contact: Kathryn Law (575) 887-5516



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Monday, January 1
01:30 PM - 04:30 PM
Oasis
OASIS STATE PARK FIRST DAY HIKE
This hike begins at the park visitor center and will be crafted to suit the visitors that are in attendance. This will be an easy to moderate degree of difficulty hike. The scenic hike is dependent on the weather so please dress appropriately. Please call the park to verify the walk will be held that day as well. **NO PETS ARE PERMITTED** PARTICIPANTS MAY SEE SEVERAL BIRD SPECIES AND POSSIBLY SOME DEER. PLEASE BRING WEATHER APPROPRIATE CLOTHING, WALKING SHOES, WATER, SUNSCREEN AND BINOCULARS IF YOU HAVE THEM. Park fees waived for event.
Fees: Park Fees Waived for Event
Contact: OASIS STATE PARK 575-356-5331



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Monday, January 1
09:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Rockhound
First Day Hike
Hike the Jasper trail, meet at the Visitor Center explore the different minerals, vegetation, wildlife approximately 1.3 miles
Fees: Park Fees Waived for Event
Contact: Robert V. Apodaca 575-546-6182



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Monday, January 1
12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
Storrie Lake
Storrie Lake Polar Bear Plunge
This year’s event takes place at noon on New Year’s Day at Storrie Lake State Park, just north of Las Vegas off NM 518.
Fees: Park Fees Waived for Event
Contact: Manuel Villanueva 505-425-7278



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Monday, January 1
11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
Sugarite Canyon
First Day Hike
Start the new year of 2018 with a mile-long walk through the historic coal camp at Sugarite Canyon State Park. We will walk at your pace, and we'll finish in time for you to drive up the road and watch the Polar Bear Plunge at 1 p.m. at Lake Maloya! Participants should wear good hiking shoes and dress for the weather.
Fees: Park Fees Waived for Event
Contact: park staff 575-445-5607



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Monday, January 1
01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Sugarite Canyon
Polar Bear Plunge
What better way to bring in 2018 than to jump into the icy waters of Lake Maloya? Experience the amazing post-jump tingle while dunking doughnuts into your coffee! Registration to jump is $20 and proceeds go to the Friends of Sugarite to support park events.
Fees: Park Fees Waived for Event
Contact: park staff 575-445-5607



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Monday, January 1
01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Ute Lake
First Day Hike
Come to Logan Park at Ute Lake and hike with a ranger! Start the New Year off right learn something about the local wild life and get healthy for the New Year!
Fees: Park Fees Waived for Event
Contact: Rick Martin (575)487-2284



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Saturday, January 6
07:30 AM - 09:30 AM
Caballo Lake
NATIONAL BIRD DAY TOUR
Meet at the Percha Dam State Park Visitor Center. Join us on a guided bird tour from an Audubon member to start the new year off right.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: any staff 575-743-3942



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Saturday, January 6
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Leasburg Dam
Geology,Geography and Geothermal
Take a moderate 2.5mi round-trip hiking tour and discover the geology and geography of the area, including geothermal springs. Meet at Leasburg Dam State Park Visitor Center. Bring at least 2qrts. of water per person, good hiking shoes.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Alex Mares 575-524-4068



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Saturday, January 6
07:30 AM - 09:30 AM
Percha Dam
NATIONAL BIRD DAY TOUR
Meet at the Percha Dam State Park Visitor Center. Join us on a guided bird tour from an Audubon member to start the new year off right.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: any staff 575-743-3942



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Saturday, January 6
08:30 AM - 04:00 PM
Rio Grande Nature Ctr.
Nature In Winter Festival
Join us for the Nature in Winter Festival! 8:30 AM Guided Bird Walk – Led by Friends of the RGNC Birders 10 AM – 11:30 AM “Hawk Talk” Gail Garber, Director, Hawks Aloft 1PM – 2:00 PM “The Nuts and Bolts of Being a Bat” William (Bill) L. Gannon, PhD, University of New Mexico Director, Academic Integrity & Research Ethics – UNM Graduate Studies Research faculty, Department of Biology and Museum of Southwestern Biology; Master’s student, Department of Philosophy 2:00 PM Bird and Plant Nature Walk – Laurel Ladwig, Coordinator Led by Friends of RGNC, CNMAS and NM Master Naturalist Volunteers Gather at the “Meeting Tree” adjacent to parking and path to Visitor Center. All Day in the Visitor Center Live Birds with Wildlife Rescue Bird ID with the Central NM Audubon Society in Observation Room White Nose Syndrome of Bats -- Justin Stevenson & Holly Smith Children’s Arts
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Front Desk (505)344-7240



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Saturday, January 6
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, January 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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Wednesday, January 10
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Leasburg Dam
Geology,Geography and Geothermal
Take a moderate 2.5mi round-trip hiking tour and discover the geology and geography of the area, including geothermal springs. Meet at Leasburg Dam State Park Visitor Center. Bring at least 2qrts. of water per person, good hiking shoes.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Alex Mares 575-524-4068



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Friday, January 12
08:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Ute Lake
New Mexico Boating Basics Class
8 Hour FREE Class 2 for 1 Camping Pass at any New Mexico State Park for Passing Students. Can Call 575-487-2284 to register or sign-up at Logan School Office, 301 N. 2nd Street, Logan, NM.
Fees: Free
Contact: Laken Humble 575-487-2284



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Saturday, January 13
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Cerrillos Hills
Amigos Hike
Come out and stretch your legs on this volunteer-led, guided hike through the hills.
Fees: $5 per vehicle
Contact: park staff 505-474-0196



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Saturday, January 13
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, January 13
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
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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Sunday, January 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, January 20
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Leasburg Dam
Geology,Geography and Geothermal
Take a moderate 2.5 mile round-trip hiking tour and discover the geology and geography of the area, including geothermal springs! Meet at Leasburg Dam State Park Visitor Center. Bring at least 2qts. of water per person and good hiking shoes.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Alex Mares 575-524-4068



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Saturday, January 20
01:00 PM - 03:30 PM
Living Desert
Maggie the Bear's birthday Party
Maggie is our black bear and is a local celebrity because she paints with her feet and we sell her paintings in the Visitor Center. Her birthday is celebrated on the third Saturday of each January. This year it will be on Saturday, Jan. 21 from 1 - 3:30 p.m. Events in the visitor center include face-painting, story telling, crafts, and a piece of birthday cake. Watch Maggie open her edible birthday gift at 3:30 pm. Events in the Visitor Center are free, but regular entrance fees apply to enter the zoo to see Maggie - 6 and under free, 7- 12 years $3, 13 years and up $5. For more information, call (575) 887-5516.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Kathryn Law (575) 887-5516



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Saturday, January 20
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, January 20
10:30 AM - 11:15 AM
Rio Grande Nature Ctr.
Asian Vulture Crisis Brief Overview
Public program: vulture conservation Presentation by master falconer and bird of prey expert, Tom Smylie in collaboration with Wildlife Rescue, Inc. of New Mexico. Asian Vulture Crisis: Brief Overview and Conservation Efforts by the Peregrine Fund Day-Use Fee: Cost $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, January 21
11:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Cerrillos Hills
Solar Observing
We are closer to the Sun in January than during the warm summer months. It is the perfect time to Observe our nearest star. See view of sunspots and prominences through our specially-filtered solar telescopes.
Fees: $5 per vehicle
Contact: park staff 505-474-0196



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Sunday, January 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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Wednesday, January 24
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Leasburg Dam
Geology,Geography and Geothermal
Take a moderate 2.5 mile round-trip hiking tour and discover the geology and geography of the area, including geothermal springs! Meet at Leasburg Dam State Park Visitor Center. Bring at least 2qts. of water per person,and good hiking shoes. 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, January 27
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, January 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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