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Friday, October 5
09:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Living Desert
Pre-School StoryTime
Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park hosts Pre-School StoryTime in the Visitor Center every Friday at 9:30 a.m. when school is in session. The story for October 5th "Hush Little Baby." Open to children ages infant through 5 years accompanied by an adult, the program starts with songs and a story followed by an activity and a short walk through the zoo (weather permitting). There is no fee for the program in the Visitor Center; however, regular entrance fees apply to enter the zoo (children 6 and under are free, 7-12 $3.00, 13 and up $5.00). This is a great time to purchase a membership for Friends of the Living Desert, which covers your entrance fees for an entire year! For additional information, please call the park at (575) 887-5516.
Fees: Program Free; Zoo Admission
Contact: Allison Leimer 575-887-5516



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Saturday, October 6
08:00 PM - 09:45 PM
Caballo Lake
Star Program
Meet at the Stallion campsite parking lot. Join us for a laser guided tour of the stars and constellations. View distant galaxies and other night sky objects through powerful telescopes as well.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Any staff 575-743-3942



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Saturday, October 6
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Cerrillos Hills
Amigos Hike
Prime hiking season returns to Cerrillos Hills State Park. Come join this hike led by members of the park's friends group - The Amigos de Cerrillos Hills State Park.
Fees: $5 per vehicle
Contact: park staff 5054740196



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Saturday, October 6
05:30 PM - 09:00 PM
Leasburg Dam
Music & the Stars
Leasburg Dam State Park is an area considered to be a "quality night sky" by astronomers. Come out and join us for a Monthly Night Sky program. Several telescopes will be available for the public to observe planets, stars, nebulae etc. Weather permitting, the observatory and it's 16 inch research grade telescope will also be available for you to look through. Volunteers from the ASLC - Astronomical Society of Las Cruces will be on hand to assist visitors with the telescopes and answer questions. Regular Park Day Use or Camping Fees will apply. Tom Foster Morris will perform Country and Rock music from 5:30-7:30pm.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Alex Mares 575-524-4068



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Saturday, October 6
06:30 PM - 08:30 PM
Oliver Lee
The Milky Way
Oliver Lee Memorial State Park and the Amateur Astronomers Group host a star party highlighting the early fall evening sky. The Milky Way and the constellations of the Summer Triangle reign supreme. Ever wonder why our galaxy is called the Milky Way? Learn why the Milky Way that we do see represents only a small portion of our galaxy. Dress warmly come early and witness a beautiful Dog Canyon sunset.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Kate German (575) 437-8284



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Saturday, October 6
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, October 6
08:00 PM - 09:45 PM
Percha Dam
Star Program
Meet at the Stallion campsite parking lot. Join us for a laser guided tour of the stars and constellations. View distant galaxies and other night sky objects through powerful telescopes as well.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: any staff 575-743-3942



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Saturday, October 6
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
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: Front Desk 505-344-7240



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Saturday, October 6
08:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Rio Grande Nature Ctr.
Bird Walk
8:30 am 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 6-Sunday, October 7
05:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Ute Lake
Logan Bass Club Open Tournament
Annual Fishing Tournament
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Deanna Osborn 575-403-7453



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Sunday, October 7
03:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Oliver Lee
The Milky Way
Oliver Lee Memorial State Park and the Amateur Astronomers Group host a star party highlighting the early fall evening sky. The Milky Way and the constellations of the Summer Triangle reign supreme. Ever wonder why our galaxy is called the Milky Way? Learn why the Milky Way that we do see represents only a small portion of our galaxy. Dress warmly come early and witness a beautiful Dog Canyon sunset.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Kate German (575) 437-8284



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Sunday, October 7
08:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Rio Grande Nature Ctr.
Bird Walk
8:30 am 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 12
09:30 AM - 11:00 PM
Living Desert
Pre-School StoryTime
Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park hosts Pre-School StoryTime in the Visitor Center every Friday at 9:30 a.m. when school is in session. The story for October 12th "Moongame." Open to children ages infant through 5 years accompanied by an adult, the program starts with songs and a story followed by an activity and a short walk through the zoo (weather permitting). There is no fee for the program in the Visitor Center; however, regular entrance fees apply to enter the zoo (children 6 and under are free, 7-12 $3.00, 13 and up $5.00). This is a great time to purchase a membership for Friends of the Living Desert, which covers your entrance fees for an entire year! For additional information, please call the park at (575) 887-5516.
Fees: Program Free; Zoo Admission
Contact: Allison Leimer 575-887-5516



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Saturday, October 13
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: Park Office 575 588 7470



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Saturday, October 13
09:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Living Desert
Wolf Awareness Day
National Wolf Awareness Week is October 21 - October 27 this year. Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park is hosting special events on Saturday, October 13th, including: • Docents at the Wolf Exhibit will explain wolf behaviors and anatomy from 9 to 11 a.m. • At 9:30 a.m. Southeast Regional Interpreter, Allison Leimer will present a PowerPoint presentation about the natural history of the Mexican Gray Wolf and answer some questions about how wolves have been misunderstood. • Wolf crafts for youth will be starting at 10 a.m. All programs located in the Visitor Center are offered free to the public, but regular fees apply for those wishing to tour the zoo: 6 and under free, 7-12 $3, 13 and up $5. For more information, call the zoo at (575) 887-5516.
Fees: VC: Free; Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Allison Leimer 575-887-5516



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Saturday, October 13
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, October 13
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, October 13
08:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Rio Grande Nature Ctr.
Bird Walk
8:30 am 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 14
06:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Conchas Lake
Tip Top Bass Tournament
Tip Top Bass Tournament
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Donny McWhirter 806-333-3116



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Sunday, October 14
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 14
08:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Rio Grande Nature Ctr.
Bird Walk
8:30 am 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 14
10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Rio Grande Nature Ctr.
Open House at the Pond
Explore the life of the pond with Park Volunteers! The Discovery Pond is rarely open to the public but will be yours to enjoy for three hours. 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 19
07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Cerrillos Hills
Moon Hike
On this guided hike, learn interesting lunar facts, folklore and enjoy close-up views of the moon through our spotting scope.
Fees: $5 per vehicle
Contact: park staff 505-474-0196



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Friday, October 19
09:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Living Desert
Pre-School StoryTime
Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park hosts Pre-School StoryTime in the Visitor Center every Friday at 9:30 a.m. when school is in session. The story for October 19th "The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anythng." Open to children ages infant through 5 years accompanied by an adult, the program starts with songs and a story followed by an activity and a short walk through the zoo (weather permitting). There is no fee for the program in the Visitor Center; however, regular entrance fees apply to enter the zoo (children 6 and under are free, 7-12 $3.00, 13 and up $5.00). This is a great time to purchase a membership for Friends of the Living Desert, which covers your entrance fees for an entire year! For additional information, please call the park at (575) 887-5516.
Fees: Program Free; Zoo Admission
Contact: Allison Leimer 575-887-5516



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Saturday, October 20
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Caballo Lake
Whiptail Lizards - the Miracle Moms
Celebrate National Reptile Awareness Day and join us for a presentation on Whiptail lizards - our state reptile. Meet at the Percha Dam State Park Visitor Center. Free with valid park pass.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: any park staff 575-743-3942



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Saturday, October 20
03:30 PM - 07:00 PM
Cerrillos Hills
Amigos fundraiser dinner
Join the Amigos and NM State Parks Director Christy Tafoya for a fundraiser dinner and silentauction. We start in the visitor center at 3:30pm with a presentation by Director Tafoya. Followedby a fabulous home-cooked dinner at St. Joseph’s church parish hall at 5:30pm for $30 a plate.Proceeds will be used to further landscape improvements at the visitor center and bring schoolchildern to the park with Amigos bus grants.
Fees: waived for this event
Contact: park staff 505-474-0196



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Saturday, October 20
06:30 PM - 09:00 PM
Living Desert
Last Full Moon Walk of 2018
Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park is hosting the last Full Moon Walk for 2018 on Saturday, October 20th beginning at 6:30 p.m. Stroll through the zoo by the light of the full moon with a guided tour. The guided Full Moon Walk will provide a more intimate experience for our visitors and will better illuminate the animals. This is a beautiful time to experience the park. Reservations are required for the Full Moon Walk, and we will begin taking reservations on Monday, October 15th. There is limited availability, so please call the park at (575) 887-5516 to reserve your spot. Regular admission fees apply: 6 and under free, $3 for children 7-12, and $5 for visitors 13 years and up. For more information call the park at (575) 887-5516.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Allison Leimer 575-887-5516



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Saturday, October 20
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, October 20
10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Pancho Villa
13th Annual Pancho's Car Show
The Friends of Pancho Villa State Park will host the 13th Annual Pancho's Car Show at Pancho Villa State Park from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 20, 2018 with vintage to late model show cars and motorcycles. Enjoy music, food and drink, the park's Exhibit Hall and some of the best show cars and motorcycles in the southwest. Registration forms can be found at www.PanchoVillaStateParkFriendsGroup.org.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: John Read 575-531-2711



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Saturday, October 20
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Percha Dam
Whiptail Lizards - The Miracle Moms
Celebrate National Reptile Awareness Day and join us for a program on Whiptail lizards - our state reptile. The program will be held at the Percha Dam State Park Visitor Center. The program is free with a valid park permit.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: any park staff 575-743-3942



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Saturday, October 20
08:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Rio Grande Nature Ctr.
Bird Walk
8:30 am 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 20
07:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Ute Lake
3D 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, October 21
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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Friday, October 26
09:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Living Desert
Pre-School StoryTime
Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park hosts Pre-School StoryTime in the Visitor Center every Friday at 9:30 a.m. when school is in session. The story for October 26th "That Terrible Halloween Night." Open to children ages infant through 5 years accompanied by an adult, the program starts with songs and a story followed by an activity and a short walk through the zoo (weather permitting). There is no fee for the program in the Visitor Center; however, regular entrance fees apply to enter the zoo (children 6 and under are free, 7-12 $3.00, 13 and up $5.00). This is a great time to purchase a membership for Friends of the Living Desert, which covers your entrance fees for an entire year! For additional information, please call the park at (575) 887-5516.
Fees: Program Free; Zoo Admission
Contact: Allison Leimer 575-887-5516



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Saturday, October 27
08:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Leasburg Dam
Monthly Bird ID Walking Tour
Meet Volunteer Guide - CJ Goin at Leasburg Dam State Park Visitor Center at 8am. Be prepared to take an easy to moderate hike and see and learn how to identify various bird species. Over 200 different bird species have been identified and recorded at Leasburg Dam State Park. Fall and Spring Migration are best times to see a wider range of birds. Due to the excellent birding found here - National Audubon has designated this park as an a IBA - Important Birding Area! 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, October 27
11:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Living Desert
BOO in the ZOO
Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park is hosting the first BOO in the ZOO event on Saturday, October 27, 2018 from 11 – 3 p.m. Come out for a day of fun activities including: face painting, a costume contest, a boneyard exhibit, educational programs, giveaways, and a ‘Spooky’ Trails Scavenger Hunt! Youth who complete the scavenger hunt will receive a reusable goodie bag. Those who get all the scavenger hunt answers correct will be entered in to the Grand Prize Giveaways drawing! Costume contest will be held at 11:30 a.m. and the ‘Spooky’ Trails Scavenger Hunt Giveaway Drawing will be held at 3 p.m. (need not be present to win). There is no fee for any of the activities in the Visitor Center, but regular admission fees will apply for those wishing to enter the zoo to participate in the ‘Spooky' Trails Scavenger Hunt (children 6 and under are free, 7-12 $3, 13 and up $5). For more information, call the park at (575) 887- 5516.
Fees: VC Free; Regular Zoo Admission
Contact: Allison Leimer 575-887-5516



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Saturday, October 27
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, October 27
08:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Rio Grande Nature Ctr.
Bird Walk
8:30 am 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 27
08:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Sugarite Canyon
Sugarite Halloween Trail
Sign up your family for this fun, non-scary Halloween Trail event. Kids meet costumed characters like "Black Bear," "Mountain Lion," "Bat," and "Ghost Coal Miner." Children get free activities to take home. The event wraps up with popcorn and apple cider. Space is limited so sign up soon!
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: staff 575-445-5607



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Saturday, October 27
07:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Ute Lake
2nd Annual Zombie Fun Run
Join the Friends of Ute Lake State Park for a Zombie themed 5K/10K half marathon fun walk/run. Entry fee is $20 (non-refundable). Dressing as a survivor or the infected is optional. Zombie Fun Run will take place on Saturday, October 27th . Meet at the Ute Lake State Park Visitor Center at 7:30 a.m. to register for the Zombie Fun Run! Ages 10 and under are Free! Walk/Run will begin at 8:00 a.m. All proceeds go towards 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 or at the Logan Municipal School Library. Those who pre-register by October 13th, will receive a t-shirt!
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Rick Martin 575-487-2284



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Sunday, October 28
08:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Rio Grande Nature Ctr.
Bird Walk
8:30 am 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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