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Saturday, February 1
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, February 1
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, February 1
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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Sunday, February 2
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, February 5
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, February 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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Friday, February 7
07:30 PM - 08:30 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, February 7
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, February 8
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, February 8
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, February 8
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, February 8
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, February 9
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, February 9
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, February 12
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, February 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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Friday, February 14
07:30 PM - 08:30 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, February 14
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, February 15
07:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Fenton Lake
Fenton Lake Ice Fishing Derby
Fenton Lake will have their first annual Fenton Lake Ice Fishing Derby. All ages are welcome! Normal park fees apply and it is $5 cash only entrance fee into the derby. Registration starts at 7AM and as soon as you are register you may begin to fish. Derby ends at 1PM followed by announcement of the winners and possible raffles. Top 3 trout for each fisherman will be measured by length to determine the winner. Top 3 fisherman will win a prize. Any cheating and you will be disqualified. No river fishing, only ice fishing for the derby. Good luck and we will see you there.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Joshua Herron 575-829-3630




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Saturday, February 15
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, February 15
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, February 15
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, February 16
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, February 16
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, February 19
06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Elephant Butte Lake
Elephant Butte Lake Lecture Series
What Bird is that? The Birds of Elephant Butte. Park volunteer Durrae Johanek discusses and describes the birds that are most commonly seen in the EBLSP area in winter.
Fees: Free to Public
Contact: Park Office 5757445923




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Wednesday, February 19
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, February 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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Friday, February 21
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, February 22
09:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Elephant Butte Lake
1st Annual EBLSP Beach Clean Up Day
Join us for our 1st annual Beach Clean Up Day! Meet us at the waters edge to get our waters, beach, and park sparkling for the upcoming busy season. Refreshments and bags to be provided.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Park Staff 575-744-5923




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Saturday, February 22-Sunday, February 23
08:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Heron Lake
NM Game and Fish Hunters Education
Heron Lake State Park along with the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish will conduct a Hunters Education course. Registration must be filed through the New Mexico department of Game and Fish website and meet the department's criteria for enrollment (see web link). http://www.wildlife.state.nm.us/education/hunter-education/course-schedule/
Fees: Standard Park fees
Contact: Walter Luba 5755887470
NM Game & Fish Hunters Education registration



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Saturday, February 22
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, February 22
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, February 22
06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Oliver Lee
The Great Nebula of Orion
Join Oliver Lee Memorial State Park and the Amateur Astronomers Group for the first star party of the season with views of the Orion Nebula. The first published observation of the nebula was by the Jesuit mathematician and astronomer Johann Baptist Cysat of Lucerne in his 1619. Since that time it has become one of the most observed stellar nurseries and a favorite of amateur astronomers ever since. Mercury is low near the western horizon after sunset while Venus and Uranus set a few hours later.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Kate German (575) 437-8284




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Saturday, February 22
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Rio Grande Nature Ctr.
Coyotes and other Urban Wildlife
Presented by Nick Pederson, Environmental Health Scientist, with the City of Albuquerque Environmental Health Division.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Front Desk 505-344-7240




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Saturday, February 22
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, February 23
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, February 23
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, February 26
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, February 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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Friday, February 28
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, February 29
12:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Heron Lake
Leap Year
Celebrate this years leap day at Heron Lake State Park. Bring your own equipment for activities such as sledding, snow shoeing, cross country skiing and winter hiking at Heron Lake State Park.
Fees: Standard fees apply
Contact: Ranger on duty 575-588-7470




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Saturday, February 29
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, February 29
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, February 29
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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