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Friday, August 2-Sunday, August 4
08:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Fenton Lake
Bow Shoot
This will be a 2 day 3-D archery shoot.2 rounds of 20 targets,1 round per day (All shooters will be flighted the second day)Registration will begin Friday 8-2-19 at 5:00 pm and Saturday 8-3-19 at 7:30 am. A practice course will be available to shoot starting Friday. Smoker round Friday 5:00 pm, Team shoot Saturday 5:00 pm. All ages welcome.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee and Campi
Contact: Jim Green 505-670-5744




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Friday, August 2-Monday, August 5
09:00 AM - 06:00 PM
Ute Lake
"Disabled Veterans" Water Clinic
6th Annual "The Disabled Veterans" Water Sports Clinic and Adaptive Water Sports. Adaptive water sports for Disabled Veterans, Warriors in Transition and members of the General Public. Adaptive water sports to include: sailing, kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, fishing, water skiing, wake boarding and inner tubing. Most of the participants will camp on-site, some in local lodging facilities. Beach area directly below Group Shelter will be closed for special event.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Jason Cline 505-501-9777




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Friday, August 2-Saturday, August 3
05:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Ute Lake
Smith RV & Marine Open Tournament
Bass fishing tournament
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Rick Martin (575) 487-2284




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Saturday, August 3
02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Cerrillos Hills
Adventures with Ed
Guest presenter Jack Loeffler will address how Edward Abbey's life experience and perspective of the natural world informed the radical environmental movement. Join us as Jack chronicles adventures he shared with Ed as they traveled the American Southwest. Co-sponsored by the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs and the New Mexico Humanities Council, 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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Saturday, August 3-Sunday, August 4
07:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Conchas Lake
American Bass Anglers
Fishing Tournament
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Shawn Fisher 575-868-2270




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Saturday, August 3
08:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Heron Lake
Carp Derby
Come try your luck at catching the most carp by weight and win a cash prize. August 3rd from 8 am until 3 pm. Fishing will be permitted at both Heron and El Vado lakes. For official rules contact the park office. Prizes will be awarded for total weight. Cash prizes of $100 for 1st, $75 for 2nd and $50 for 3rd. Heron Lake 575-588-7470 Sponsored by the Friends of Heron and El Vado State Parks.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Office 575-588-7470




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Saturday, August 3
08:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Living Desert
Boating Education Course
Get ready for your next boating outing by attending a National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) approved Boating Education Course. Anyone born on or after January 1st, 1989 who intends to operate a motorboat must successfully complete a state certified boating education course. Participants can view more information and register for classes here: www.boatnm.com If you have any questions, please contact Marine Enforcement Officer Amber Martinez at 575-457-2384 or email amberr.martinez@state.nm.us
Fees: Free
Contact: Amber Martinez 575-457-2384




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Saturday, August 3
09:00 AM - 10:30 AM
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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Saturday, August 3
08:00 PM - 10:30 PM
Oliver Lee
Saturn: Time & Agriculture
Join Oliver Lee Memorial State Park and the Amateur Astronomers Group for a star party featuring a tour of Saturn and its beautiful rings. Though many times the size of Earth, Saturn would float in a large bathtub like a beach ball due to its low density. View the home galaxy, the Milky Way, from our dark sky spot and view deep sky objects through telescopes. A three day-old waxing crescent Moon graces the western sky. Don't forget about our beautiful Oliver Lee sunsets!
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Kate German (575) 437-8284




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Saturday, August 3
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. We recommend you bring water to drink.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Kate German (575) 437-8284




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Saturday, August 3
08:15 AM - 05:00 PM
Rio Grande Nature Ctr.
Boating Safety Course - cancelled
cancelled
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Christopher Bolen 575-373-5562




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Saturday, August 3
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
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: Visitor Center 505-344-7240




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Saturday, August 3
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. 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, August 3
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, August 4
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. 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, August 10
08:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Heron Lake
Educational Snake Program
Please join us as Chris Judson presents on our scaly friends, Snakes!
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Heron Park Staff 575-588-7470




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Saturday, August 10
06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Hyde Memorial
Music in the Mountains
Join us on Saturday, August 10th for Music in the Mountains featuring BOOM ROOTS and Andale Food Truck. There will be great music, great food and great fun to be had on the patio of the Historic Lodge at Hyde Memorial State Park. Bring dancing shoes, your favorite beverage (no glass) and plan to dance the night away!
Fees: $10 carload
Contact: Randy Bates 505-983-7175




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Saturday, August 10
08:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Oasis
Star Party
Join the Clovis Astronomy Club for a night of star gazing on August 10, 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, August 10
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. We recommend you bring water to drink.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Kate German (575) 437-8284




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Saturday, August 10
07:30 AM - 04:00 PM
Rio Grande Nature Ctr.
Summer Wings and BioBlitz
Join us in celebrating our winged friends at the annual Summer Wings Festival and BioBlitz! During Summer Wings, join local experts on guided walks as we document as many species of living beings as possible! 7:30 AM Bioblitz Early Bird Walk 8:30 AM Weekend Bird Walk 8:30 AM Children’s Bugs & Birds Walk 10:00 AM Bee Walk 10:30 AM Nature Walk 10:30 AM Talk: Bats of New Mexico (live bats too!) 10:30 AM Storytelling under the Cottonwoods 11:00 AM Dragonfly Catch and Release 12:00 PM Porcupine Walk 12:30 PM Talk: Attracting Bees to your Backyard 2:00 PM Talk: Dragonflies and Damselflies of NM Starting at 10 am: Live birds with Wildlife Rescue, Bird ID & education, Live bees with NM Beekeepers Organization, Bosque Bits table, Kids' Make & Take Crafts & Friends of RGNC raffle.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Front Desk (505)344-7240




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Saturday, August 10
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. 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, August 10
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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Sunday, August 11
09:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Cerrillos Hills
Scavenger Hunt
Join Marissa for this fun and family-friendly activity. Follow clues, fine tune your skills of observation and creativity.
Fees: $5 per vehicle
Contact: park staff 505-474-0196




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Sunday, August 11
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Heron Lake
Basics of Boating Safety
Heron Lake Park Rangers will give an informational course on safe vessel practices. This is NOT a NASBLA approved course. For more information about NASBLA approved courses call toll-free (888) NM-PARKS or visit https://wwwapps.emnrd.state.nm.us/SPD/BoatingSafetyStudent/
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Heron Park Staff 575-588-7470




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Sunday, August 11
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. 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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Monday, August 12
07:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Manzano Mountains
Moon Over the Manzano Mountains
Have you ever looked up at the moon and wanted to learn more about it? Or heard an interesting tidbit about the moon and wondered if it was true? Well, you won't want to miss this program! Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument and Manzano Mountains State Park are partnering for a second time this summer to offer an astronomy event during the Perseid Meteor Shower. The moon will be close to full during the peak of the Perseids this year, so we'll have the chance to study the moon's features while observing the meteors. We'll start the evening at 7pm with a Ranger program about the moon. Afterwards, we'll have telescopes and spotting scopes available for guided night sky viewing. This event will be held at the Group Campsite in the Manzano Mountains State Park Campground. The event is free, but day use or camping fees apply. The best viewing for meteor showers is typically in the predawn hours, so consider reserving a campsite for meteor shower viewing.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Bethany Burnett (505)847-2400
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Saturday, August 17-Sunday, August 18
08:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Conchas Lake
Duke City Bass
Fishing Tournament
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Shawn Fisher 575-868-2270




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Saturday, August 17
08:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Heron Lake
Work Party
Bring your gloves, wheel barrows and shovels to help with trail maintenance along the Blanco bypass and west overlook portions of the trail. 8 am until 1 pm. Cook out following at 1:30 pm until ??? See you then. Sponsored by the Friends of Heron and El Vado.
Fees: Waived
Contact: Office 575-588-7470




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Saturday, August 17
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. We recommend you bring water to drink.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Kate German (575) 437-8284




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Saturday, August 17
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. 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, August 17
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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Saturday, August 17
07:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Villanueva
Amphibians and Reptiles
The presentation will include live animals and a slide show on amphibians and reptiles. Frogs, lizards, snakes, etc. Lots of fun, please feel welcome to join us.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Sam Encinias 575 421-2957




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Sunday, August 18
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. 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, August 18
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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Friday, August 23
07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Cerrillos Hills
Twilight Hike
The transition from day to night is a wonderful time to experience the rhythm of nature. The air cools, the winds stills, and the land grows quiet. Come welcome night rise on this guided hike.
Fees: $5 per vehicle
Contact: park staff 505-474-0196




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Saturday, August 24
08:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Heron Lake
Educational Bat Program
Please join us as Chris Judson presents on our hairy airborne buddies, Bats!
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Heron Park Staff 575-588-7470




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Saturday, August 24
06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Leasburg Dam
Music & the Stars
Join us for two hours of music - "The Deming Fusiliers" ( Dennis Daily/ Rus Bradburd ), followed by an hour of telescope observation of night sky objects. Volunteers from the Astronomical Society of Las Cruces will be on hand to assist visitors. 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, August 24
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. We recommend you bring water to drink.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Kate German (575) 437-8284




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Saturday, August 24
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. 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, August 24
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Rio Grande Nature Ctr.
Weasels & River Otters New Mexico
Jim Stuart, Non-Game Mammal Biologist with the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish presents Weasels and River Otters in New Mexico. Learn more about the nation’s weasel species along with park’s long-tailed weasel and get an update on the river otters in New Mexico. 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: Visitor Center 505-344-7240




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Sunday, August 25
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. 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, August 25
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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Saturday, August 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 1.25 miles away. We recommend you bring water to drink.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Kate German (575) 437-8284




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Saturday, August 31
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. 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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