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Sunday, January 1
02:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Bottomless Lakes
FIRST DAY HIKE
Hikers are invited to attend a First Day Hike at Bottomless Lakes State Park. The hike will take place along the 1/2 mile Wetlands Trail. Along the elevated boardwalk trail, hikers might see migratory waterfowl and animal tracks of native wildlife. Hikers are encouraged to bring cold weather clothing, water, sunscreen and binoculars if available.
Fees: NA
Contact: Max Michanczyk 575-624-6058



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Sunday, January 1
09:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Caballo Lake
First Day Hike
Join us January 1, 2017 for a First Day Hike! Starts at 9am. Please meet at the Palomino Campground parking lot. The moderate level, gravel trail is approximately 1/2 mile long. Bring water & dress for cold weather.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Any Staff 575-743-3942



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Sunday, 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: fee waived for this event
Contact: park staff 505-474-0196



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Sunday, January 1
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
City of Rocks
First Day Hike
City of Rocks 6th Annual 1st Day Hike. The hike will be approximately 2 miles long. On the parks newly made Cienega trail. The hike is moderate difficulty, so bring sturdy shoes or boots and plenty of water.
Fees: Free
Contact: Gabriel Medrano 575-536-2800



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Sunday, January 1
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Eagle Nest Lake
Polar Bear Stomp
10 AM Promptly (registration starts at 9:30 AM) at Eagle Nest Lake State Park Visitor Center Following the Stomp, test your skills in Closest to the Pin Disc Golf Championship Finish with a hot beverage and cookies! No fees for events, but State Park Day Use fees are in effect -- $5 per car or Annual Pass.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Mark Sullivan (575) 377-1594



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Sunday, January 1
10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Elephant Butte Lake
First Day Hikes
*Historic First Day Hikes Join us January 1, 2017 for First Day Hikes Historic Elephant Butte Dam Hike (East Side) - Starts at the overlook on SR 51/177 at 10am - Approx. 3/4 mile long hike across the dam - Presentation on the history of Elephant Butte Dam - Moderate level Dirt Dam Hike (West Side) - Meet at Dirt Dam parking lot off of SR 195 - Approx. 3.6 miles long - Moderate level
Fees: Fees waived for event
Contact: Kay Dunlap 575-44-5923



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Sunday, January 1
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Leasburg Dam
First Day Hike
Join a Park Ranger on a moderate 2.5 hour walking/hiking tour of the Mogollon trail and visit geothermal springs located along the river bed at Leasburg Dam State Park. Experience unique plant life, geology and hopefully catch glimpse of wildlife that depend on this limited water resource along the Rio Grande. Meet at Park Visitor Center, approx. 2mi trail, easy to moderate level of difficulty. Bring water, sturdy hiking shoes and a snack. NO PETS ALLOWED. Regular Day Use and Camping Fees apply.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Alex Mares 575 524-4068



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Sunday, January 1
09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Living Desert
First Day Hike
Celebrate the New Year by walking through our beautiful Zoo! For this First Day Hike, all fees are waived between the hours of 9am and 12pm.
Fees: NO FEES
Contact: Kathryn Law (575) 887-5516



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Sunday, January 1
10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Navajo Lake
2017 State First Day Hike
Navajo Lake State Park will be participating in the 2017 First Day Hike Program. The Simon Canyon Parking area is free of cost. The trail is 2.5 miles each way along the beautiful San Juan River. Expect to see some breathtaking high desert scenery as well as an abundance of wildlife (eagles, deer, squirrels etc.). A park staff member will accompany the hike to answer questions.
Fees: No Fee for Simon Canyon
Contact: Chris Smith (505) 632-2278



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Sunday, January 1
01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Oasis
OASIS STATE PARK FIRST DAY HIKE
This hike begins at the park visitor center and heads to the pond trails. Once there, visitors will get an overview of how the pond came about and the improvements throughout the years. Moving forward with the hike, visitors will get a birds eye view of the park from the pond overlook area located atop a nearby hill. **NO PETS ARE PERMITTED** PARTICIPANTS MAY SEE SEVERAL BIRD SPECIES AND POSSIBLY SOME DEER. PLEASE BRING WEATHER APPROPRIATE CLOTHING, WALKING SHOES, WATER, SUNSCREEN AND BINOCULARS IF YOU HAVE THEM. THE PARK ENTRANCE FEE IS WAIVED FOR THIS DAY ONLY!
Fees: Fee waived
Contact: OASIS STATE PARK 575-356-5331



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Sunday, January 1
09:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Rockhound
First Day Hike
Hike the Jasper trail, meet at the Visitor Center explore the different minerals, vegetation, wildlife approximately 1.3 miles
Fees: Fees waived for this event
Contact: Robert V. Apodaca 575-546-6172



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Sunday, January 1
01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Sugarite Canyon
2017 Polar Bear Plunge
Start 2017 on an exciting note! Join us for the park's fourth Polar Bear Plunge into frozen Lake Maloya in an event sponsored by Raton Parks and Recreation Department. Weather permitting, other activities will include a "Rob the Snow Bank" for kids to dig for coins and candy. Not up for the plunge? Try the First Day Hike two hours earlier at 11 a.m.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: staff 575-445-5607



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Sunday, January 1
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Sugarite Canyon
First Day Hike
Burn off a few holiday calories and start 2017 with an uplifting walk in nature. We'll explore the park's newest trail on an easy to moderate, hour-long walk. We'll meet at the main boat ramp at Lake Maloya. Please bring: water, hiking shoes, warm clothes.
Fees: free-part of First Day Hikes
Contact: staff 445-5607



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Sunday, January 1
01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Sumner Lake
First Day Hike
Visitors will be led on a guided tour of the Discovery Trail. On the hike, visitors will be able to see views of Sumner Lake as well as receive information about the area.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Sara Brown 575-355-2541



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Sunday, January 1
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Ute Lake
First Day Hike
Come to Logan Park at Ute Lake and hike with a ranger! Start the New Year off right learn something about the local wild life and get healthy for the New Year!
Fees: Fees Waived for this Event
Contact: Rick Martin (575)487-2284



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Saturday, January 7
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
City of Rocks
Nature Hike
Nature Hike: Join us on a Ranger led walk to view the birds and other wildlife that are found in the park. Program will be held on Saturday January 7, 2017 at 10:00 AM. Please meet at the parks visitor center.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Tony Godfrey 575-536-2800



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Saturday, January 14
06:30 PM - 08:15 PM
City of Rocks
Star Party
On Saturday January come join us at the Gene & Elizabeth Simon Observatory for the 1st Star party of 2017. The program will began at 6:35 PM, and will end at 8:05 PM. Objects that will be seen during the program will be, Neptune, Mars, and Venus in the west. Orion is rising, and M-31 is near the meridian.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Gabriel Medrano 575-536-2800



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Saturday, January 14
08:30 AM - 04:00 PM
Rio Grande Nature Ctr.
Winter Bird and Bat Festival
The Friends of the Rio Grande Nature Center State Park will present their annual Winter Bird and Bat Festival. The festival will offer speaker programs focusing on habitats, identification, and behavior of birds and bats in New Mexico. The day will also include guided bird walks, a nature walk, live birds with Wildlife Rescue, bird identification with the Central NM Audubon Society, displays about bats and birds, and activities for children. $3.00 day use fee or annual permit required. 8:30 am Guided Bird Walk 10:00 am All About Owls by Gale Garber 10:30 am Guided Nature Walk 11:00 am Terrestrial Birds of the Rio Grande Nature Center by Steve Cox 1:00 pm Rescued Bats in Captivity: Their Care and Biology by Laurie Wearne 2:00 pm Bird and Plant Walk led by Friends of the RGNC and New Mexico Master Naturalists
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Rio Grande Nature Center State Park (505)344-7240



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Saturday, January 21
05:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Leasburg Dam
Winter Constellations at Leasburg
Come out and join us in viewing and learning about various Winter night sky objects. See celestial objects through various telescopes, including a 16 inch research grade telescope in our observatory. Members of the Astronomical Society of Las Cruces will be on hand to assist visitors with telescopes. Regular Day Use or Camping Fees apply.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Alex Mares 575-524-4068



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Saturday, January 21
01:00 PM - 03:30 PM
Living Desert
Maggie the Bear's birthday party.
Maggie is our black bear and is a local celebrity because she paints with her feet and we sell her paintings in the Visitor Center. Her birthday is celebrated on the third Saturday of each January. This year it will be on Saturday, Jan. 21 from 1 - 3:30 p.m. Events in the visitor center include face-painting, story telling, crafts, and a piece of birthday cake. Watch Maggie open her edible birthday gift at 3:30 pm. Events in the Visitor Center are free, but regular entrance fees apply to enter the zoo to see Maggie - 6 and under free, 7- 12 years $3, 13 years and up $5. For more information, call (575) 887-5516.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Kathryn Law (575) 887-5516



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Saturday, January 21
06:30 PM - 08:00 PM
Rockhound
Star Party
Neptune, Mars and Venus in the west. Orion higher in the east and M-31 is past the meridian Presenter: John Gilkison with NPO.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Robert V. Apodaca 575-546-6182



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Saturday, January 28
06:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Eagle Nest Lake
Ice Fishing Tournament
Registration begins at 6:00 a.m. at the Visitor Center. Prizes will be awarded for the biggest fish in each species categories 1. Trout/Salmon 2. Perch 3. Pike. 4. Creel. The total length of the fish will be measured. In case of a tie, the girth measurement will take priority. If a tie still exists, the prize will be shared by the winners. Prize awarded for the TOTAL fish caught in registered species categories. Participant must register in at least one species category to register in Creel category. Creel winner will be based on points for the total fish caught in Tournament registered species. In event of a tie, the prize will be shared by the winners. Cash prizes will consist of 75% of the registration fees collected for each category. 1st Place - 40% of the cash prize 2nd Place - 30% of the cash prize 3rd Place - 20% of the cash prize 4th Place - 10% of the cash prize Raffle & Door Prizes: Winners must be present to claim prize.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Mark Sullivan (575) 377-1594



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Saturday, January 28
08:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Leasburg Dam
Monthly Bird ID Tour
Meet volunteer guide CJ Goin at Visitor Center, and enjoy an easy to moderate hike along the Rio Grande river bed and see and identify various winter resident bird species, perhaps catch a glimpse of other wildlife and see an area of geothermal activity. Regular Day Use or Camping fee does apply.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Alex Mares 575-524-4068



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Saturday, January 28
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Leasburg Dam
Discovering the Rio Grande Rift
Join Ranger Alex Mares for a 2mi easy to moderate hike along desert uplands and river valley trails , and learn about the geography, plant and animal and human history affected by the unique geology of the area. See the geothermal springs that give the area it's name and perhaps catch a glimpse of wildlife. Regular Day Use or Camping fees apply.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Alex Mares 575-524-4068



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