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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 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
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 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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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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