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43 Events in May
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Saturday, May 5
07:30 AM - 09:30 AM
Caballo Lake
"The Big Year" Bird Tour and Movie
Take a guided bird tour and then watch a movie comedy about three amateur birders competing to become the "Ultimate Birder"
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: any park staff 575-743-3942



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Saturday, May 5
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Cerrillos Hills
Amigos Hike
Our last volunteer-led Amigos hike before we take a break for the summer. Come out and enjoy a leisurely paced stroll around the hills.
Fees: $5 per vehicle
Contact: park staff 505-474-0196



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Saturday, May 5
08:00 AM - 11:00 AM
City of Rocks
Global Big Day Hike
Join us on May 5 for Global Big Day. We will meet at the visitor center at 8:00 AM and hike around the park to see how many birds we can find. We expect to return to the visitor center by 11:00 AM. Bring water, good footwear, and binoculars if you have them!
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Tony Godfrey 575-536-2800



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Saturday, May 5-Sunday, May 6
06:15 AM - 03:15 PM
Conchas Lake
Fishing Tournament
Texas BASS Nation Panhandle Region Fishing Tournament, 15 boats participating
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Kris Cartrite 806-352-4281



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Saturday, May 5
05:30 AM - 04:00 PM
Conchas Lake
New Mexico BASS Team Trial
Bass Tournament
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Randell Bell 505-412-1647



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Saturday, May 5
06:00 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. Enjoy the May "Eta Aquarid Meteor Shower". 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. Genre and musical performer TBA closer to date.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Alex Mares 575-524-4068



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Saturday, May 5
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, May 5
07:30 AM - 09:30 AM
Percha Dam
"The Big Year" Bird Tour and Movie
Take a guided bird tour and then watch a movie comedy about three amateur birders competing to become the "Ultimate Birder"
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: any park staff 575-743-3942



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Saturday, May 5
08:15 AM - 05:00 PM
Rio Grande Nature Ctr.
NM Boating Safety Course
NM Boating Safety Course FREE 8 hour Boating Safety Course offered by the New Mexico State Parks Division. There is no fee to take this course. Registration is required. Class size limited to 20 students Register on website: BoatNM.com Contact Christopher Bolen, Boating Education Coordinator, for more information. 575-373-5562 Everyone is encouraged to take a 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. Upon passing the course, you will receive a certificate of completion.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Christopher Bolen 575-373-5562



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Saturday, May 5
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Rio Grande Nature Ctr.
Storytelling under the Cottonwood
This program is presented by Talia Sledge, Nature Center Volunteer. Talia’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! 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, May 5
05:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Ute Lake
Logan Big Bass Tournament
Big Bass Tournament
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Deanna Osborn 575-403-7453



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Sunday, May 6
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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Saturday, May 12
07:30 AM - 09:30 AM
Caballo Lake
MIGRATORY BIRD DAY TOUR
Meet at the Percha Dam State Park Visitor Center. Celebrate World Migratory Bird Day with an experienced Audubon member to guide the tour.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: any park staff 575-743-3942



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Saturday, May 12
11:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Cerrillos Hills
New Mexico Raptors
Scientists study raptors to get important clues about environmental health. Guest presenter, Laura McCann will bring a Great Horned Owl, a Red-tailed Hawk and a Turkey Vulture and help you learn all about them.
Fees: $5 per vehicle
Contact: park staff 505-474-0196



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Saturday, May 12
09:00 PM - 10:45 PM
City of Rocks
Star Party
Come to City of Rocks monthly Star Party! Program begins at 9:00 PM and ends at 10:40 PM. Gemini is setting and Sagittarius is rising. Omega Centaurus is visible.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Gabriel Medrano 575-5362800



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Saturday, May 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.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Kate German (575) 437-8284



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Saturday, May 12
07:30 AM - 09:30 AM
Percha Dam
MIGRATORY BIRD DAY TOUR
Meet at the Percha Dam State Park Visitor Center. Celebrate World Migratory Bird Day with an experienced Audubon member to guide the tour.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: any park staff 575-743-3942



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Saturday, May 12
08:30 AM - 03:00 PM
Rio Grande Nature Ctr.
Herbfest
HERBFEST offers herbs, wildflowers, and native plants for sale; arts and crafts for sale, and a speaker program. The day will also include guided bird and nature walks, an exciting raffle, crafts for kids, bird ID with the Audubon Society, a biofacts table, and unusual refreshments. The event is free with the the display an annual permit or purchase of $3 day use permit. Cash or check only. SATURDAY 8:30 a.m.Guided bird walk 10 a.m.Music with 80 Jackson Street 11 a.m.Music with Dog Star Noon Presentation by Tom Heller, UNM"Groundwater/Surface Water Interactions in the Middle Rio Grande Implications for Native Ecosystems" 1 p.m. Presentation by Mike Halverson, Santa Ana Native Plants Nursery: "A Walking Tour: Surveying Plants for Your Landscape" 2 p.m. Music with Littlefoot 2:30 p.m. Moment of Appreciation in the Visitor Center 3 p.m. Music with Far From Home
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Front Desk (505)344-7240



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Sunday, May 13
08:30 AM - 03:00 PM
Rio Grande Nature Ctr.
Herbfest
SUNDAY HERBFEST offers herbs, wildflowers, and native plants for sale; arts and crafts for sale, and a speaker program. The festival will also include guided bird and nature walks, an exciting raffle, crafts for kids, bird ID with the Audubon Society, a biofacts table, and unusual refreshments. The event is free with the purchase of $3 day use permit (cash or check only) or the display of an annual permit. 8:30 a.m. Guided Bird walk; 10:00 a.m. Music with Music for all Seasons; 11:00 a.m. Music with SyZygy; 12 Noon: Presentation by Wes Brittenham, Los Poblanos Historic Inn and Organic Farm: "Barn Storming on the Future of the Candelaria Farm Preserve"; 1:00 p.m. Technical Advisory Groups (TAG) for the Candelaria Farm Preserve (CFP): "Public Presentation and Discussion of Plans to Change the CFP"; 2:00 p.m. Music with Friends Forever; 3:00 p.m. Music with Virginia Creepers
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Front Desk 505-344-7240



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Saturday, May 19-Sunday, May 20
08:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Caballo Lake
NATIONAL BOAT SAFETY WEEK
Caballo Lake State Park is proud to announce that it will be conducting "Courtesy Recreational Boat Safety Inspections" in conjunction with National Boat Safety Week. Inspections will take place in the upper parking lot in route to the boat ramp. Staff will be on site to answer any boating or park questions you may have.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: any staff 575-743-3942



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Saturday, May 19
02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Cerrillos Hills
Scat, what is that?
Guest presenter David Weaver, volunteer at the Sandia Mountain Natural History Center, will share everything you wanted to know about scat but were afraid to ask. Scat contains a wealth of information, from simple identification to details of behavior. We will spend some time looking at various scat, talking about what we can learn, and learning how to find and identify scat.
Fees: donations welcome
Contact: park staff 505-474-0196



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Saturday, May 19-Sunday, May 20
05:30 AM - 03:00 PM
Conchas Lake
Bass Tournament
American Bass Anglers Bass Tournament; 20 boats participating.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Danny Christ 910-987-8326



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Saturday, May 19
06:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Elephant Butte Lake
Zia Kayak Fishing Tournament
Come put you kayak and fishing skills to the test with The Zia Kayak Fishing Tournament at Elephant Butte Lake State Park.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Russ Trager 5757444185



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Saturday, May 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.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Kate German (575) 437-8284



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Saturday, May 19
08:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Oliver Lee
Beautiful Venus
Join the Amateur Astronomers Group as we highlight Venus and the first-quarter Moon at this month's star party. To the Greek and Roman cultures, Venus represented beauty, love and fertility. These ancient cultures built statues and temples to honor her and she inspired art through the ages. The Mayan culture developed their calendar based on the movements of Venus and the Moon. Come to Oliver Lee Memorial State Park to hear the stories and science of Venus and learn about the 'colorful' astronomer Tycho Brahe and see the crater on the Moon named after him.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Kate German (575) 437-8284



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Saturday, May 19-Sunday, May 20
07:30 AM - 04:30 PM
Percha Dam
NATIONAL BOAT SAFETY WEEK
Caballo Lake State Park is proud to announce that it will be conducting "Courtesy Recreational Boat Safety Inspections" in conjunction with National Boat Safety Week. Inspections will take place in the upper parking lot in route to the boat ramp. Staff will be on site to answer any boating or park questions you may have.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: any staff 575-743-3942



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Sunday, May 20
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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Wednesday, May 23
05:30 AM - 04:00 PM
Elephant Butte Lake
NM Bass Team Trial
Bass Tournament
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Tawny Bell 5757400683



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Friday, May 25
09:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Heron Lake
Nature Inspired Art
Weekly art activities based on nature themes. “Paper Stained Glass,” bird & butterfly mobiles, paper making and much more. Have fun and create a memory of Heron Lake to take home with you! Check at the Visitor Center for the weekly program schedule. All programs are at the Visitor Center Great Room. All ages welcome.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Rob Smith 575 588 7470



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Saturday, May 26-Monday, May 28
08:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Bottomless Lakes
Enchanted Evenings
Enchanted Evenings are presentations conducted by local Park Rangers or guest speakers and are usually nature oriented. These talks take place at the historic Lea Lake pavilion every Saturday night from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. They begin at 8pm.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Max Michanczyk 575-624-6058



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Saturday, May 26
01:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Conchas Lake
Solar or Wildlife Program
Solar or Wildlife Program
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Pat Walsh 575-868-2270



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Saturday, May 26
09:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Conchas Lake
Night Sky Tour
Night Sky Tour
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Pat Walsh 575-868-2270



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Saturday, May 26
07:30 AM - 03:00 PM
Heron Lake
Carp Derby At Heron Lake
A series of Carp Derby contests will be held at Heron Lake this summer. Teams of two will compete for Cash Prizes for the total weight of carp caught. To take part in the contest, you must register between 8 to 9 A.M on the day of the derby at the Ridge Rock parking lot adjacent to the Heron Lake Dam. ($5.00 per person for contest entry in addition to park entry or camping fees) Fishing may take place at either Heron Lake or El Vado Lake, weigh-in will be at the Ridge Rock parking lot between the hours of 2:00 to 3:00 P.M. Carp may be taken by hook only. Final weigh-in at 3 P.M. NO EXCEPTIONS You must be present at the weigh-in to win.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Rob Smith 575 588 7470



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Saturday, May 26
09:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Heron Lake
Nature Inspired Art
Weekly art activities based on nature themes. “Paper Stained Glass,” bird & butterfly mobiles, paper making and much more. Have fun and create a memory of Heron Lake to take home with you! Check at the Visitor Center for the weekly program schedule. All programs are at the Visitor Center Great Room. All ages welcome.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Rob Smith 575 588 7470



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Saturday, May 26
08:30 AM - 09:30 AM
Heron Lake
Coffee with a Camp Host
Enjoy a hot cup of coffee with our camp host as well as homemade muffins (while they last!)at the Visitor Center. Find out about the local area & weekend events as well as swapping fishing stories with our camp hosts.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Rob Smith 575 588 7470



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Saturday, May 26
07:00 PM - 08:30 PM
Heron Lake
Line Dance Lessons at the Park
Come join us at the Visitor Center for a boot'scooting evening learning to line-dance with Park Volunteer Marsha. No skill or experience needed, wear comfortable shoes, feel free to bring a (non-alcoholic) drink.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Rob Smith 575 588 7470



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Saturday, May 26
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, May 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.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Kate German (575) 437-8284



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Saturday, May 26-Monday, May 28
06:00 AM - 09:00 PM
Sugarite Canyon
Sugarite Fishing Derby
Register for this nine-day fishing derby and get a chance at winning a boat or up to $1,000 in cash! Registration is $10 a person. All registrants have a chance at the boat. Anglers who catch a tagged fish get a shot at the cash. Daily door prizes are awarded. This event takes place at Lake Maloya in Sugarite Canyon State Park, and includes a free kids' derby on Sat. June 2.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: staff 575-445-5607



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Saturday, May 26
08:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Ute Lake
Solar Astronomy or Wildlife
Pat Walsh- Interpretive Program Solar Astronomy or Wildlife
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Pat Walsh 575-445-5607



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Sunday, May 27
09:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Heron Lake
Nature Inspired Art
Weekly art activities based on nature themes. “Paper Stained Glass,” bird & butterfly mobiles, paper making and much more. Have fun and create a memory of Heron Lake to take home with you! Check at the Visitor Center for the weekly program schedule. All programs are at the Visitor Center Great Room. All ages welcome.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Rob Smith 575 588 7470



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Tuesday, May 29-Thursday, May 31
06:00 AM - 09:00 PM
Sugarite Canyon
Sugarite Fishing Derby
Register for this nine-day fishing derby and get a chance at winning a boat or up to $1,000 in cash! Registration is $10 a person. All registrants have a chance at the boat. Anglers who catch a tagged fish get a shot at the cash. Daily door prizes are awarded. This event takes place at Lake Maloya in Sugarite Canyon State Park, and includes a free kids' derby on Sat. June 2.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: staff 575-445-5607



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Tuesday, May 29
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 park to include shoreline and a sticker round-up throughout park.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Laken Humble 575-487-2284



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