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Saturday, September 1
07:00 PM - 08:30 PM
Heron Lake
Line Dance Lessons at the Park
Come join us at the Visitor Center for a boot'scooting evening learning to line-dance with Park Volunteer Marsha. No skill or experience needed, wear comfortable shoes, feel free to bring a (non-alcoholic) drink.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Rob Smith 575 588 7470



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Saturday, September 1
09:30 AM - 10:45 AM
Heron Lake
Saturday Morning Nature Walk
Join our Park Naturalist for a nature walk through the trails of Heron Lake. Hikes are tailored to the abilities of the group and all ages are welcomed. Other hike times are available on prior request. All hikes start at the Visitor Center.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Rob Smith 575 588 7470



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Saturday, September 1
08:30 AM - 09:30 AM
Heron Lake
Coffee with a Camp Host
Enjoy a hot cup of coffee with our camp host as well as homemade muffins (while they last!)at the Visitor Center. Find out about the local area & weekend events as well as swapping fishing stories with our camp hosts.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Rob Smith 575 588 7470



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Saturday, September 1
08:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Heron Lake
Nature Inspired Art
Weekly art activities based on nature themes. “Paper Stained Glass,” bird & butterfly mobiles, paper making and much more. Have fun and create a memory of Heron Lake to take home with you! Check at the Visitor Center for the weekly program schedule. All programs are at the Visitor Center Great Room. All ages welcome.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Rob Smith 575 588 7470



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Saturday, September 1
06:30 PM - 09:00 PM
Leasburg Dam
Music & the Stars
Leasburg Dam State Park is an area considered to be a "quality night sky" by astronomers. Come out and join us for a Monthly Night Sky program. Several telescopes will be available for the public to observe planets, stars, nebulae etc. Weather permitting, the observatory and it's 16 inch research grade telescope will also be available for you to look through. Volunteers from the ASLC - Astronomical Society of Las Cruces will be on hand to assist visitors with the telescopes and answer questions. Regular Park Day Use or Camping Fees will apply. Genre and musical performer TBA closer to date.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Alex Mares 575-524-4068



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Sunday, September 2
09:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Heron Lake
Nature Inspired Art
Weekly art activities based on nature themes. “Paper Stained Glass,” bird & butterfly mobiles, paper making and much more. Have fun and create a memory of Heron Lake to take home with you! Check at the Visitor Center for the weekly program schedule. All programs are at the Visitor Center Great Room. All ages welcome.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Rob Smith 575 588 7470



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Sunday, September 2
07:00 PM - 08:30 PM
Heron Lake
Sunday Night Movie @ Visitor Center
Come join us at the Visitor Center for a relaxing evening watching family friendly movies on Saturday evening. Chairs are available, or bring blankets and pillows for the kids to camp out on. We will serve popcorn, bring a (non-alcoholic) drink. This week’s animated movie will be "Chicken Run"
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Rob Smith 575 588 7470



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Monday, September 3
07:30 AM - 03:00 PM
Heron Lake
Carp Derby At Heron Lake
A series of Carp Derby contests will be held at Heron Lake this summer. Teams of two will compete for Cash Prizes for the total weight of carp caught. To take part in the contest, you must register between 8 to 9 A.M on the day of the derby at the Ridge Rock parking lot adjacent to the Heron Lake Dam. ($5.00 per person for contest entry in addition to park entry or camping fees) Fishing may take place at either Heron Lake or El Vado Lake, weigh-in will be at the Ridge Rock parking lot between the hours of 2:00 to 3:00 P.M. Carp may be taken by hook only. Final weigh-in at 3 P.M. NO EXCEPTIONS You must be present at the weigh-in to win.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Rob Smith 575 588 7470



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Tuesday, September 4
09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Ute Lake
Trash Pick-up and Sticker Round-up
Friends of Ute Lake will be having a trash pick-up throughout park to include shoreline and a sticker round-up throughout park.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Laken Humble 575-487-2284



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Saturday, September 8
08:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Sugarite Canyon
Master of the Mountains
Challenge yourself in this fun, four-part adventure relay in the mountains of northern New Mexico. This annual event includes a 10K trail run, a 3-mile paddle course around Lake Maloya, a 20-mile bicycle route and a shotgun shoot. Much of the event takes place in Sugarite Canyon State Park. Participants are required to attend orientation the evening of Sept. 7, 2018. To register, visit ratonmom.com
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: staff 575-445-5607



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Saturday, September 15
07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Oliver Lee
The First Quarter Moon
Our nearest celestial neighbor will be highlighted this month. The Sea of Tranquility and the Sea of Serenity will be along the terminator on the Moon and learn how the features got their names. These areas are the landing spots for the Surveyor 5, Apollo 11, Apollo 17 and Luna 21 missions. Venus, Jupiter, Mars and the Moon will trace out an imaginary line called the ecliptic across the sky bisecting the Milky Way.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Kate German (575) 437-8284



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Saturday, September 22
07:30 AM - 07:30 PM
Caballo Lake
FREE FISH DAY
Celebrate National Hunting and Fishing Day with friends and family that includes a free fish day on Saturday, September 22nd.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: any staff 575-743-3942



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Saturday, September 22
07:30 AM - 07:30 PM
Percha Dam
FREE FISH DAY
Celebrate National Hunting and Fishing Day with friends and family that includes a free fish day on Saturday, September 22nd. No fishing license required on FREE FISH DAY!
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: any staff 575-743-3942



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Saturday, September 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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