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Saturday, October 5
10:00 AM - 11:15 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, October 5
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, October 5
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, October 5-Sunday, October 6
05:00 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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Sunday, October 6
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Cerrillos Hills
Grass Class
Come check out the diverse grasses now flourishing in the park. Materials provided for your own 'make & take’ grass herbarium. Sarah Wood will be your guide.
Fees: $5 per vehicle
Contact: park staff 505-474-0196




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




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Sunday, October 6
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 11
08:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Ute Lake
New Mexico Boating Basics Class
8 Hour FREE Class To register, you can call 575-487-2284 (Ute Lake visitor center), or sign-up at Logan School Office, 301 N. 2nd Street, Logan, NM.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Laken Humble (575) 487-2284




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Saturday, October 12
10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Cerrillos Hills
10th Anniversary Celebration
Come celebrate the park's 10th Anniversary. We will have a donkey hike led by members of the Rio Grande Donkey and Mule association, live music, live raptors provided by New Mexico Raptors and other surprises. Food available for purchase from Andale food truck
Fees: fee waived
Contact: park staff 505-474-0196




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Saturday, October 12
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, October 12
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 12
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, October 13
08:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Conchas Lake
Tip top Bass Tournament
Bass Tournament
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Shawn Fisher 575-868-2270




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




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Sunday, October 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. 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 13
06:30 AM - 02:30 PM
Ute Lake
Hereford Bass Club
Bass fishing tournament
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Rick Martin (575) 487-2284




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Friday, October 18-Sunday, October 20
08:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Navajo Lake
Boy Scouts of America
The Boy Scouts of America, Great Southwest Council Camporee Gathering will be held at Navajo Lake State Park from October 18th thru the 20th. Scouts will enjoy the experience of camping in the high desert region in one of New Mexico's beautiful state parks. For more information, please contact Navajo Lake State Park at (505) 632-2278.
Fees: Fees Waived for Scouts
Contact: Chris Smith (505) 632-2278




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Friday, October 18-Sunday, October 20
08:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Navajo Lake
Troop 356 Trail Life Campout
The 9th annual Troop 356 Trail Life Campout will be held at Navajo Lake State Park the weekend of October 18th thru the 20th. The troop will experience camping in the high desert at one of New Mexico's beautiful state parks. The troop will also be adventuring down to the San Juan River for world-class fishing! For more information, please contact Navajo Lake State Park at (505) 632-2278.
Fees: Fees Waived for Troop
Contact: Chris Smith (505) 632-2278




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Friday, October 18-Saturday, October 19
06:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Navajo Lake
Duke City Bass Bums Tournament
Duke City Bass Bums fishing tournament will be held at Navajo Lake State Park on October 18th and 19th. For more information contact Navajo Lake State Park or visit the Duke City Bass Bums web page.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Chris Smith (505) 632-2278
Duke City Bass Bums



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Saturday, October 19
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 19
05:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Leasburg Dam
Music & the Stars
Join us for two hours of music - Tom Foster Morris (Folk, Country, Western, Rock ), 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.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Alex Mares 575-524-4068




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Saturday, October 19
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, October 19
10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Pancho Villa
14th Annual Pancho's Car Show
The Friends of Pancho Villa State Park will host the 14th Annual Pancho’s Car Show at Pancho Villa State Park from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 19th, 2019 with vintage to late model show cars, motorcycles and choppers. Enjoy music, food and drink, the park’s Exhibit Hall and some of the best show cars and motorcycles in the southwest. Trophies will be awarded in 15 categories including Best Chevy, Best Ford, Best Mopar, Best Camaro, Best Mustang, Best 4x4, Best Truck, Best Street Rod, Best Rat Rod, Best Original, Best Import, Best Antique, Best “Work in Progress”, Best Motorcycle, and Best Volkswagen. A $100 cash prize and a trophy will be awarded to the “Best of Show” vehicle. Those interested in registering a show vehicle should call the park at 575-531-2711. The pre-registration fee is $20 per show vehicle and includes one free lunch and soft drink per registered show vehicle, as well as, one free raffle ticket. An additional vehicle entered into the show
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Jonathin Horsley




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Saturday, October 19
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Percha Dam
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 19
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, October 20
02:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Cerrillos Hills
Volunteer Training
Volunteers help us expand the visitor center open hours, perform trails maintenance, or lead a park program. Come join us and enhance the visitor experience of the park.
Fees: no fee
Contact: park staff 505-474-0196




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Sunday, October 20
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Leasburg Dam
Discover Leasburg
Join Park Ranger Alex Mares, for a guided hike into Camp Robledo wildlife refuge and restoration area. Be prepared to hike approximately 3mi roundtrip on level but uneven ground on unmarked game trails. Camp Robledo is an area of 120 acres that contains over 90% native flora and fauna. Learn about restoration efforts that have successfully removed 99% of non-native and invasive tamarisk/salt cedar and reintroduction of native trees, grasses and shrubs. Perhaps catch a glimpse of resident mule deer and javalina herds, migrating waterfowl and wading birds and raptors. Discover the role the area played in the establishment of the Camino Real de Tierra Adentro. Dress warmly,appropriate hiking shoes and bring drinking water. Meet ranger at Park Visitor Center. Guided hike is free with paid day use or camping fee.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Alex Mares 575-524-4068




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




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Sunday, October 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. 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 26
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Leasburg Dam
La Cruz de Robledo y Camino Real
Join Park Ranger Alex Mares for a 2mi guided hike of Leasburg Dam State Park. Learn about the Spanish Entrada, the Robledo Mountains and the role that the area played in the establishment of the Camino Real de Tierra Adentro and the settling of Nuevo Mexico. Be ready to hike a marked trail that is uneven and inclined at times. Dress warmly, have appropriate hiking shoes and bring drinking water. Meet ranger at park Visitor Center. Guided hike is free with paid day use and or camping fee.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Alex Mares 575-524-4068




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Saturday, October 26
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, October 26
06:00 PM - 08:30 PM
Oliver Lee
Cygnus & Lyra
Join Oliver Lee Memorial State Park and the Amateur Astronomers Group for a star party on a moonless night featuring the constellations of Cygnus the Swan and Lyra (Harp). Cygnus is sometimes referred to as the Northern Cross and contains wisps of a supernova remnant. See corpses of once great stars now known as planetary nebula (Messier 27 and 57). The Milky Way, Jupiter and Saturn still reins the sky. Mercury will be visible shortly after sunset in the western sky. Come early and dress warmly for a beautiful Dog Canyon sunset.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Kate German (575) 437-8284




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Saturday, October 26
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, October 26
04:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Ute Lake
3rd Annual Zombie Fun Run
Join the Friends of Ute Lake State Park for a Zombie themed 5K/10K fun walk/run. Entry fee is $25.00 (non-refundable). Costumes are optional. Zombie Fun Run will take place on Saturday, October 26th. 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 12th will receive a t-shirt!
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Rick Martin (575) 487-2284




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




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Sunday, October 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. 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 27
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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