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15 Events in December
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Saturday, December 1
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Cerrillos Hills
Amigos Hike
The final 2018 Amigos hike. If you didn’t make the other ones, there is still time before the new year. Come join this volunteer-led guided hike through the hills.
Fees: $5 per vehicle
Contact: park staff 5054740196



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Saturday, December 1
12:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Leasburg Dam
Turning Back the Sun-Winter Solstic
Celebrate Winter Solstice at Leasburg Dam State park and enjoy live demonstration of traditional Pueblo adobe oven bread baking ( get to sample it too ), Pueblo Indian social dances, during the day. Right before sunset, gather around several warm campfires in an amphitheatre and enjoy traditional Coyote/Winter Stories from Dine, Apache and Pueblo and Blackfeet Peoples. *These stories can only be told during the winter months.* Get to sample real Buffalo Stew with oven baked Pueblo bread and hot chocolate while supplies last! Immediately after, enjoy the quality night sky of Leasburg Dam State Park and look through several types of telescopes - including our observatory 16 inch research grade telescope. Several Volunteer astronomers from the ASLC - Astronomy Club of Las Cruces and the Friends of Leasburg Dam State Park- FLDSP will be on hand to assist and answer questions. Event is free with paid day use or camping fee.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Alex Mares 575-524-4068



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Saturday, December 1
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Living Desert
Holiday Bells Concert
Holiday music performed on hand bells by the Touch of Joy Ringers from First Presbyterian Church.
Fees: VC: No Fee
Contact: Allison Leimer 575-887-5516



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Saturday, December 8
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Eagle Nest Lake
Santa Claus is Coming to Eagle Nest
Join us for cookies and hot chocolate and visit with Santa Claus as he stops by at Eagle Nest Lake State Park Visitor Center! Fun for the entire family!
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Mark Sullivan 575-377-1594



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Saturday, December 8
05:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Elephant Butte Lake
2018 Luminaria Beach Walk
The 2018 luminaria beach walk will be held Saturday, December 8th, 5pm-8pm. It will include 3000 luminarias, community booths, carolers, a floating lights parade, and refreshments from participating camp hosts.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Jasen Kershaw 575-744-5923



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Saturday, December 8
08:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Heron Lake
Boating Safety Education Courses
This free course provides students the opportunity to interact with an experienced boating instructor. All motorboat, personal watercraft and sailboat operators born on or after January 1, 1989, must complete a boating safety course to operate on New Mexico waters. (This means operators - even those 13 years and younger being supervised by an adult on board.) Students must score 80 percent on the closed book exam to receive their Boater Education Card. For information or reservations, call (575) 588-7470- ask for Officer Sedillo.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Park Office 575 588 7470



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Saturday, December 8
08:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Leasburg Dam
From Jornada to Hot Springs
Come out and join a ranger led hike at Leasburg Dam State Park and learn about the unique geology, hydrology and geothermal activity along this stretch of the Rio Grande. Hike is easy to moderate, approximately 2.5 mile round trip with an elevation gain/drop of about 200ft from campground down to riverbed. Find out about what the Rio Grande and the Mesilla Valley have in common with only 4 other river valleys in the world. Fall color change and foliage should peak early in month.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Alex Mares 575-524-4068



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Saturday, December 8
01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Living Desert
Holidays with the Animals
Face-painting, activities: children make holiday cards and treats for their favorite Living Desert animals.
Fees: VC: Free; Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Allison Leimer 575-887-5516



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Saturday, December 8
05:00 PM - 06:30 PM
Pancho Villa
Luminaria Event
Come see hundreds of luminaria candles and get your free raffle ticket to win one of five baked hams that will be given away to the lucky winners. Enjoy cookies and hot chocolate under the portal at the park's Exhibit Hall while waiting for the raffle.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: John Read 575-531-2711



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Saturday, December 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, December 9
01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Cerrillos Hills
Volunteer Training
Do you like talking to strangers? We need you! Volunteers help us extend the visitor center open hours. Share your knowledge. Enhance the visitor experience of the park.
Fees: waived for this event
Contact: park staff 505-474-0196



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Saturday, December 15
05:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Sugarite Canyon
Christmas on the Chicorica
Stroll along Chicorica Creek by the light of more than 1,000 luminarias while listening to carols. Enjoy cookies and hot chocolate. Stop by the park telescope for a view of the night sky. And visit Santa!
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: staff 575-445-5607



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Saturday, December 15
05:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Sugarite Canyon
Christmas on the Chicorica
Stroll along Chicorica Creek by the light of more than 1,000 luminarias while listening to carols. Enjoy cookies and hot chocolate. Stop by the park telescope for a view of the night sky. And visit Santa!
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: staff 575-445-5607



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Sunday, December 16
11:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Cerrillos Hills
Pelts and Skulls Hike
Hike the trails and examine our collection of pelts and skulls to learn how their shapes and characteristics allow animals like cougars, bobcats and their prey survive in the wild.
Fees: $5 per vehicle
Contact: park staff 505-474-0196



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Saturday, December 29
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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