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10 Events in for the next 12 months at Sugarite Canyon
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Saturday, May 18-Sunday, May 19
08:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Sugarite Canyon
World Migratory Bird Day Festival
Ever seen a hawk up close and personal? Or enjoyed doughnuts and coffee while watching several bird species at a nearby bird feeder? Or taken part in an easy walk for beginning birders? These experiences will be on hand for the World Migratory Bird Day Festival at Sugarite Canyon State Park. A schedule of event times and locations will be available at the park Visitor Center.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: staff 575-445-5607




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Saturday, May 25-Tuesday, May 28
06:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Sugarite Canyon
Sugarite Fishing Derby
The Sugarite Fishing Derby is a nine-day fishing extravaganza at Sugarite Canyon State Park! 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 Kids' Derby that will take place on Saturday, June 1.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: staff 5754455607




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Wednesday, May 29-Friday, May 31
06:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Sugarite Canyon
Sugarite Fishing Derby
The Sugarite Fishing Derby is a nine-day fishing extravaganza at Sugarite Canyon State Park! 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 Kids' Derby that will take place on Saturday, June 1.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: staff 5754455607




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Saturday, June 1-Sunday, June 2
08:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Sugarite Canyon
Sugarite Fishing Derby
The Sugarite Fishing Derby is a nine-day fishing extravaganza at Sugarite Canyon State Park! 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 Kids' Derby that will take place on Saturday, June 1.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: staff 575-445-5607




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Saturday, June 1
10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Sugarite Canyon
Grin and "Bear" It!
This is a 12-mile mountain bike ride on single-track and multi-use trails. Starting from Sugarite Canyon State Park Visitor Center, mountain bikers will cross over Chicorica Creek via a 50-foot steel bridge, traveling north along Lake Alice Trail. Riders will pass the historic Sugarite Coal Camp town once occupied by 1,000 miners and their families. Continuing north they will pass Lake Alice and Lake Alice Campground. From Lake Alice, riders will jump onto the Lake-to-Lake Trail, which will take them up to Lake Maloya. From there, riders will head west over the dam and hop onto the Opportunity Trail/Ponderosa Ridge Trail system. These trails will take riders around the base of Little Horse Mesa. Once they have completed the six-mile loop, riders will travel back down the canyon to the Visitor Center. After the ride there will be burgers, hot dogs and drinks for the weary riders. The ride starts at nearly 7,000 feet of elevation and tops out at about 8,000 feet. Riders can expect to see
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Robert McIvor 575-445-5607




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Friday, June 21-Sunday, June 23
08:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Sugarite Canyon
Bodacious Butterfly Festival
Join us on catch-and-release butterfly walks, get tips on creating butterfly gardens and let the kids try to "survive" a pretend butterfly migration! A schedule of events and locations will be available at the park Visitor Center.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: staff 575-445-5607




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Saturday, August 10
08:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Sugarite Canyon
Down and Dirty Mountain Bike Race
Go for the glory in this tough, 15-mile mountain bike event at Sugarite Canyon State Park. This adventure race will include several trail challenges in the scenic mountains of northern New Mexico. A minimum number of participants are required to prevent cancellation, so sign up early! Visit www.ratondad.com
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: staff 575-445-5607




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Saturday, September 7
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. 6, 2019. To register, visit ratonmom.com
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: staff 575-445-5607




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Saturday, December 14
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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Wednesday, January 1
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Sugarite Canyon
First Day Hike
Start your New Year right with an easy to moderate walk in nature. This two-mile hike will follow the shoreline of scenic Lake Maloya at the north end of Sugarite Canyon State Park.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: staff 575-445-5607




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