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Wednesday, 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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Wednesday, January 1
09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Eagle Nest Lake
Polar Bear Stomp and Plunge
Kick off the New Year with a Polar Bear Stomp and Polar Bear Plunge into Eagle Nest Lake! Registration for both activities begins at 9 am on New Year's Day at the Visitor Center. The Polar Bear Stomp "Hike" will begin at 10 a.m. at the Lake View Trail. This is a moderate hike of 1.5 miles. Please bring snowshoes, water, snacks and dress warm for the hike. The Polar Bear Plunge into Eagle Nest Lake will begin at 11 a.m.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Jordan Mitchell 575-377-1594




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Wednesday, January 1
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Hyde Memorial
First Day Hikes
Hyde Memorial State Park is hosting First Day Hikes on New Year's Day starting at 10 a.m. on the Waterfall Trail. Dress warm, bring water, snowshoes and snacks.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Randy Bates 505-983-7175




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Wednesday, January 1
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Leasburg Dam
First Day Hike
Ring in the new year and join us for First Day Hikes! Meet at the Leasburg Dam Visitor Center at 10 am and join us for a moderate, two-mile hike along the Mogollon Trail. Explore both desert uplands and riparian bosque river areas and geothermal springs and ponds. Perhaps catch a glimpse of desert mule deer, native turtles, fish and various bird species. Bring water, snacks, walking shoes and dress warm.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Robert Gonzales 575-524-4068




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Wednesday, January 1
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Navajo Lake
First Day Hikes
Join us for a First Day Hike at Navajo Lake State Park! The hike begins at 10 a.m. along the River Trail. Please bring water, snacks and snowshoes. Dress warm.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Christopher Smith 505-632-2278




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Wednesday, January 1
09:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Pancho Villa
First Day Hike
Join Rangers at PVSP for a short, easy hike, approximately 1 mile, up and over to Cootes Hill. The hill is of historical significance to the raid on Columbus by Pancho Villa on March 9, 1916. The hike will include information on the raid, as well as on the surrounding Chihuahuan desert environment. Birds, geological formations, and native flora will be seen on the hike. Bring water and comfortable shoes.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Jonathan Horsley 575-531-2711




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Wednesday, January 1
12:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Storrie Lake
Polar Bear Plunge
Jump into the new year with a Polar Bear Plunge into Storrie Lake near Las Vegas, NM! This is an annual, community organized event and it's fun for the entire family! Come, take the plunge or cheer on the others who brave the cold and celebrate the New Year with jumping into the lake!
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Manuel Villanueva 505-425-7278




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Wednesday, January 1
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Sugarite Canyon
First Day Hike
Start your New Year right with an easy to moderate walk in nature. This two-mile hike will follow the shoreline of scenic Lake Maloya at the north end of Sugarite Canyon State Park.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: staff 575-445-5607




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Friday, January 3
08:30 AM - 04:30 PM
Rio Grande Nature Ctr.
Bosque Education Guide Workshop
Educators, learn how to use this standards-aligned, bilingual, K-12, interdisciplinary curriculum, a copy of which will be yours to keep at the end of the session. You may view the curriculum and learn more about the workshop at http://www.nmnaturalhistory.org/educational-resources/sections/bosque-education-guide Please register at https://friendsofvalledeoro.z2systems.com/event.jsp?event=54& Park day-use fee of $3.00 per vehicle payable with exact cash or check at self-pay station.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Front Desk (505)344-7240




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Saturday, January 4
09:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Mesilla Valley Bosque
Raptors and the Rio Grande
Come out and discover or re-discover the Mesilla Valley Bosque State Park! See up close and learn about the many birds and wildlife that make the Rio Grande and the bosque their home. Learn about various raptors - and see live Turkey Vulture, Great Horned Owl and Red Tail Hawk through a presentation by New Mexico Raptors. Learn about the histories, geology and various cultures and architecture of the Mesilla Valley, El Paso Valley. Join a park ranger in the family friendly, interactive Exhibit Hall and learn about the role the Rio Grande has played in forming the environment and culture of the area. Learn about efforts to conserve and restore and interpret unique places all along the Rio Grande from Colorado to Texas.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Alex Mares 575-523-4398
www.nmparks.com



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Saturday, January 4
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Oliver Lee
Oliver Lee Ranch House Tour
In the early 19th century, Oliver Lee was a prominent rancher and politician: serving as a senator and state representative. The reconstructed house, originally built in 1893, features furnishings and displays that provide a window into the history or early ranching in the Tularosa Basin. Meet at the visitor center. You will drive your own vehicle, following a staff member to the Ranch House about 1.25 miles away. We recommend you bring water to drink.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Kate German (575) 437-8284




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Saturday, January 4
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 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, January 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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Sunday, January 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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Wednesday, January 8
06:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Elephant Butte Lake
Elephant Butte Lake Lecture Series
January 8, 2020: El Camino Real - The Royal Road Local historian and author Sherry Fletcher and history buff Brenda Nelson present the hisotory of this important route.
Fees: Free to Public
Contact: Park Office 575-744-5923




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Saturday, January 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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Saturday, January 11
08:30 AM - 04:00 PM
Rio Grande Nature Ctr.
Nature in Winter Festival
Join us for the first of our three annual festivals! Presented by the Friends of the Rio Grande Nature Center, the 2020 Nature in Winter Festival will offer Live Birds with Wildlife Rescue, Bird ID with the Central New Mexico Audubon Society, Arts and Crafts for Children, a Bosque Bits table and various walks and talks. 8:30AM Bird walk 10:30AM Presentation: ABQ Backyard Refuge Program 12:00PM Ceremony: Rededication of newly remodeled Discovery Room 12:30PM Presentation: Becoming a Citizen Scientist (BEMP or Bosque Ecosystem Monitoring Program) 2:00PM Presentation: Bat Conservation in NM 3:00PM Nature 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). Call for more information.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Front Desk (505)344-7240




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Saturday, January 11
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, January 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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Wednesday, January 15
02:00 PM - 03:00 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. We recommend you bring water to drink.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Kate German (575) 437-8284




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Thursday, January 16
10:00 AM - 11:00 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. We recommend you bring water to drink.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Kate German (575) 437-8284




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Friday, January 17
03:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Oliver Lee
The Mescalero and the Frenchman
Join one of our volunteers for a short guided hike to the bottom of Dog Canyon. Learn what it is that has brought people here for over a century. Meet at Frenchy’s Cabin just west of the visitor center parking area. Wear sturdy shoes and bring water.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Kate German (575) 437-8284




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Friday, January 17
07:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Oliver Lee
Starry Nights
Join us for a tour of the night sky. We’ll point out constellations, planets and maybe even the International Space Station. It’s amazing what you can see without a telescope! Dress for our cool desert evenings and bring a chair and binoculars if you want. Meet at site #36.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Kate German (575) 437-8284




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Saturday, January 18
03:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Oliver Lee
Animals of Dog Canyon
Discover the wildlife that calls Dog Canyon home and get the facts on rattlesnake safety. Meet in the visitor center.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Kate German (575) 437-8284




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Saturday, January 18
10:00 AM - 11:00 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. We recommend you bring water to drink.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Kate German (575) 437-8284




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Saturday, January 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, January 19
10:00 AM - 11:00 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. We recommend you bring water to drink.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Kate German (575) 437-8284




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Sunday, January 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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Wednesday, January 22
06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Elephant Butte Lake
Elephant Butte Lake Lecture Series
January 22, 2020: Snakes, Turtles, and lizards, Oh My! From New Mexico Game and Fish, Leland Pierce will tell you about the reptiles and amphibians found in Sierra County. He will discuss the local threatened population of the Big Bend slider turtle, among others.
Fees: Free to Public
Contact: Park Office 5757445923




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Wednesday, January 22
02:00 PM - 03:00 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. We recommend you bring water to drink.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Kate German (575) 437-8284




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Thursday, January 23
10:00 AM - 11:00 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. We recommend you bring water to drink.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Kate German (575) 437-8284




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Friday, January 24
07:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Oliver Lee
Starry Nights
Join us for a tour of the night sky. We’ll point out constellations, planets and maybe even the International Space Station. It’s amazing what you can see without a telescope! Dress for our cool desert evenings and bring a chair and binoculars if you want. Meet at site #36.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Kate German (575) 437-8284




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Friday, January 24
03:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Oliver Lee
The Mescalero and the Frenchman
Join one of our volunteers for a short guided hike to the bottom of Dog Canyon. Learn what it is that has brought people here for over a century. Meet at Frenchy’s Cabin just west of the visitor center parking area. Wear sturdy shoes and bring water.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Kate German (575) 437-8284




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Saturday, January 25
06:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Eagle Nest Lake
Ice Fishing Tournament
Join us for an Ice Fishing Tournament at Eagle Nest Lake State Park! There are 4 Categories: Trout/Salmon, Perch, Pike and Creel. Registration is $10 entry fee for each category. No Refunds. Your catch must be in line by 2pm to be included in the contest. CASH PRIZES WILL BE AWARDED IN EACH CATEGORY!
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Lee Ferguson 575-377-1594




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Saturday, January 25
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Oliver Lee
Oliver Lee Ranch House Tour
In the early 19th century, Oliver Lee was a prominent rancher and politician: serving as a senator and state representative. The reconstructed house, originally built in 1893, features furnishings and displays that provide a window into the history or early ranching in the Tularosa Basin. Meet at the visitor center. You will drive your own vehicle, following a staff member to the Ranch House about 1.25 miles away. We recommend you bring water to drink.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Kate German (575) 437-8284




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Saturday, January 25
03:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Oliver Lee
Animals of Dog Canyon
Discover the wildlife that calls Dog Canyon home and get the facts on rattlesnake safety. Meet in the visitor center.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Kate German (575) 437-8284




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Saturday, January 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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Saturday, January 25
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Rio Grande Nature Ctr.
ABCWUA Water Planning & Conservatio
Carlos Bustos, Water Conservation Program Manager with the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority The ABCWUA or Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority recently adopted “Water 2120: Securing Our Water Future” which addresses the water supply needs for the Water Authority service area through 2120 taking into account climate change and creating an aquifer management level to preserve groundwater resources for future generations. A key element of WATER 2120 is the new water conservation goal of 110 gallons per capita per day (GPCD) by 2037.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Front Desk 505-344-7240




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Sunday, January 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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Sunday, January 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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Wednesday, January 29
02:00 PM - 03:00 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. We recommend you bring water to drink.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Kate German (575) 437-8284




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Thursday, January 30
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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Friday, January 31
03:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Oliver Lee
The Mescalero and the Frenchman
Join one of our volunteers for a short guided hike to the bottom of Dog Canyon. Learn what it is that has brought people here for over a century. Meet at Frenchy’s Cabin just west of the visitor center parking area. Wear sturdy shoes and bring water.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Kate German (575) 437-8284




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Friday, January 31
07:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Oliver Lee
Starry Nights
Join us for a tour of the night sky. We’ll point out constellations, planets and maybe even the International Space Station. It’s amazing what you can see without a telescope! Dress for our cool desert evenings and bring a chair and binoculars if you want. Meet at site #36.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Kate German (575) 437-8284




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