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Saturday, May 30-Sunday, June 7
05:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Sugarite Canyon
Sugarite Fishing Derby
The Sugarite Fishing Derby is a nine-day fishing extravaganza at Sugarite Canyon State Park! The derby starts at dawn on Saturday, May 30, and ends at noon on Sunday, June 7. Registered anglers fish at Lake Maloya for tagged trout, to get a chance at cash prizes up to $1,000. And every registered participant gets a chance at a 14-foot V-hull Lowe boat and trailer! Registration is $10 per person. There are daily door prizes, as well as a free Kids' Derby on Saturday, June 6, put on by the Raton Kiwanis club.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: staff 575-445-5607




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Saturday, June 6
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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Saturday, June 6
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Sugarite Canyon
Kayak Tour
Join us for a Kayak Tour along Lake Maloya's water trail at Sugarite Canyon State Park. Park Superintendent Robert "Mac" McIvor will lead this adventure to celebrate National Trails Day. Participants must be at least 14 years old and bring their own kayak and Coast Guard-approved life jacket. All skill levels are welcome. After the tour, participants will gather at the park Visitor Center for a hamburger/hot dog lunch provided by the Friends of Sugarite. For more information on National Trails Day, go to: https://americanhiking.org/national-trails-day/
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Robert McIvor 575-445-5607




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Saturday, June 13
04:30 AM - 04:00 PM
Ute Lake
New Mexico Bass Team Trail
Bass fishing tournament
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Rick Martin (575) 487-2284




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Saturday, June 27-Sunday, June 28
10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Sugarite Canyon
Bodacious Butterfly Festival
Have you ever had a butterfly perched on your nose? Come explore the world of butterflies at this annual event at Sugarite Canyon State Park. Activities will include butterfly walks and fun stuff for kids.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: staff 575-445-5607




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