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Saturday, October 1
09:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Oliver Lee
Coffee & Conversation
Join us in the visitor center for coffee. Park volunteers and staff will be on hand to answer questions about our area's history, plants, and wildlife. This is your chance to be social, meet your fellow campers, and maybe learn something new. This event is made possible by the Friends of Dog Canyon once a month.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Kate German (575) 437-8284




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Saturday, October 1
08:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Rio Grande Nature Ctr.
Guided Bird Walk
Join us for our Guided Bird Walks every Saturday and Sunday morning. Preregistration is required. Please call the RGNC Front Desk at 505-344-7240 to sign up. Walks are limited to (12) people. The Park’s 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 a valid permit displayed. Participants are encouraged to bring binoculars, insect repellent, and sunscreen, as needed. Meet at the Candelaria Viewing Area (Northeast side of the parking lot). If you are signed up and can’t attend, kindly call us so that we can open the spot to someone on the waiting list.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Front Desk (505) 344-7240




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Saturday, October 1-Sunday, October 2
06:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Ute Lake
Logan Bass Club
Logan Open bass tournament
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Rick Martin (575) 487-2284




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Sunday, October 2
08:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Rio Grande Nature Ctr.
Guided Bird Walk
Join us for our Guided Bird Walks every Saturday and Sunday morning. Preregistration is required. Please call the RGNC Front Desk 505-344-7240 to sign up. Walks are limited to (12) people. The Park’s 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. Participants are encouraged to bring binoculars, insect repellent and sunscreen, as needed. Meet at the Candelaria Viewing Area (Northeast side of the parking lot). If you are signed up and can’t attend, kindly call us so that we can open the spot to someone on the waiting list.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Front Desk (505) 344-7240




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Friday, October 7
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Oliver Lee
Oliver Lee Ranch House Tour
In the early 19th century, Oliver Lee was a prominent rancher and politician: serving as a senator and state representative. The reconstructed house, originally built in 1893, features furnishings and displays that provide a window into the history or early ranching in the Tularosa Basin. Meet at the visitor center. You will drive your own vehicle, following a staff member to the Ranch House about 1.75 miles away. We recommend you bring water to drink.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Kate German (575) 437-8284




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Friday, October 7
08:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Ute Lake
New Mexico Boating Basics Class
Get ready for next summer! The New Mexico boating basics classes are starting up again. The classes are FREE and will take place at the Logan Municipal School Ag building, classroom 2, in Logan, New Mexico. Please call the Ute Lake visitor center at (575) 487-2284 to register, or sign up at the Logan School Office.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Rick Martin (575) 487-2284




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Saturday, October 8
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Rio Grande Nature Ctr.
Nature Walk
Enjoy a leisurely exploration of the Middle Rio Grande Bosque ecosystem with one of the RGNC volunteer naturalists. Preregistration is required. Please call the RGNC Front Desk 505-344-7240 to sign up. Walks are limited to (12) people. Search for signs of animal life and discover how the Bosque and the Rio Grande provide habitat. The walk is about 1.5 hours long. The mostly flat, sandy trail is just under 1 mile. This walk is appropriate for adults and children. Meet the volunteer naturalist on the west side of the parking lot at the start of the trail, near the bulletin board. The Park’s 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: Front Desk 505-344-7240




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Saturday, October 8
08:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Rio Grande Nature Ctr.
Guided Bird Walk
Join us for our Guided Bird Walks every Saturday and Sunday morning. Preregistration is required. Please call the RGNC Front Desk 505-344-7240 to sign up. Walks are limited to (12) people. The Park’s 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. Participants are encouraged to bring binoculars, insect repellent and sunscreen, as needed. Meet at the Candelaria Viewing Area (Northeast side of the parking lot). If you are signed up and can’t attend, kindly call us so that we can open the spot to someone on the waiting list.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Front Desk (505) 344-7240




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Sunday, October 9
08:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Rio Grande Nature Ctr.
Guided Bird Walk
Join us for our Guided Bird Walks every Saturday and Sunday morning. Preregistration is required. Please call the RGNC Front Desk 505-344-7240 to sign up. Walks are limited to (12) people. The Park’s 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. Participants are encouraged to bring binoculars, insect repellent and sunscreen, as needed. Meet at the Candelaria Viewing Area (Northeast side of the parking lot). If you are signed up and can’t attend, kindly call us so that we can open the spot to someone on the waiting list.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Front Desk (505) 344-7240




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Friday, October 14
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Oliver Lee
Oliver Lee Ranch House Tour
In the early 19th century, Oliver Lee was a prominent rancher and politician: serving as a senator and state representative. The reconstructed house, originally built in 1893, features furnishings and displays that provide a window into the history or early ranching in the Tularosa Basin. Meet at the visitor center. You will drive your own vehicle, following a staff member to the Ranch House about 1.75 miles away. We recommend you bring water to drink.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Kate German (575) 437-8284




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Saturday, October 15
07:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Leasburg Dam
Ringtail Cat Trail Run - 5K/3K
Please join us on our 1st Annual "Ringtail Cat Trail Run" - 5K or 3K. October 15th, 2022. Race Starts at 8am. Registration check-in begins at 6:30am. Leasburg Dam State Park. Register at: https://www.runreg.com/leasburgdamringtailrun
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: any park staff 575-524-4068




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Saturday, October 15
06:30 PM - 09:30 PM
Leasburg Dam
MUSIC AND STARS
Join us for a night of music and star gazing. The park observatory will be open as well as other scopes set up for viewing night sky objects.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: any park staff 575-524-4068




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Saturday, October 15
08:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Rio Grande Nature Ctr.
Guided Bird Walk
Join us for our Guided Bird Walks every Saturday and Sunday morning. Preregistration is required. Please call the RGNC Front Desk 505-344-7240 to sign up. Walks are limited to (12) people. The Park’s 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. Participants are encouraged to bring binoculars, insect repellent and sunscreen, as needed. Meet at the Candelaria Viewing Area (Northeast side of the parking lot). If you are signed up and can’t attend, kindly call us so that we can open the spot to someone on the waiting list.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Front Desk (505) 344-7240




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Saturday, October 15
10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Rio Grande Nature Ctr.
Harvesting the Community's Stories
Harvesting the Community's Stories- And Telling Our Own! On Saturday, October 15th, LSG & Associates, Inc. and the UNTAPPED program will host a storytelling event at the Rio Grande Nature Center State Park. The event will begin at 10:00 am and wrap up at 3:00 pm. It will feature booths from UNTAPPED as well as other community organizations. Besides the opportunity to listen to engaging storytellers and writers, there will be several free activities to participate in: games, face painting, giveaways, a medicinal herb walk, roundtable discussions and more. The harvesting of stories, of individuals with all abilities, will be the theme for this event. Round table discussions will touch on wellness, disability advocacy, and mental health. This is a family-friendly event that will include kids of all ages.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Erin White-Canales erinwc@lsg4sch




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Saturday, October 15
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Rio Grande Nature Ctr.
Stories Under the Cottonwood Tree
Join us for Stories Under the Cottonwood Tree, at The Rio Grande Nature Center State Park. Saturday October 15, 2022, at 10:30 am. There will be multicultural tales, natural history facts, participation, and "naturally" ... fun for all! We are surrounded by old and glorious mountains at the Rio Grande Nature Center State Park. Listen to legends and learn about the mountains in our environment ... and we'll hear a few words from geologists on this subject, too. Mountain building takes a "powerful" lot of time! Meet in the Native Plants (Main) Garden - Outdoor Classroom. This program is presented by Dianne Rossbach, Nature Center Volunteer and Storyteller. Aside from the Park Day-Use Fee, there is no additional 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: Front Desk 505-344-7240




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Sunday, October 16
08:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Rio Grande Nature Ctr.
Guided Bird Walk
Join us for our Guided Bird Walks every Saturday and Sunday morning. Preregistration is required. Please call the RGNC Front Desk 505-344-7240 to sign up. Walks are limited to (12) people. The Park’s 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. Participants are encouraged to bring binoculars, insect repellent and sunscreen, as needed. Meet at the Candelaria Viewing Area (Northeast side of the parking lot). If you are signed up and can’t attend, kindly call us so that we can open the spot to someone on the waiting list.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Front Desk (505) 344-7240




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Sunday, October 16
06:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Ute Lake
Hereford Bass Club
Fishing tournament
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Rick Martin (575) 487-2284




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Sunday, October 16
07:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Ute Lake
Tip Top Bass
Bass tournament
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Rick Martin (575) 487-2284




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Friday, October 21
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Oliver Lee
Oliver Lee Ranch House Tour
In the early 19th century, Oliver Lee was a prominent rancher and politician: serving as a senator and state representative. The reconstructed house, originally built in 1893, features furnishings and displays that provide a window into the history or early ranching in the Tularosa Basin. Meet at the visitor center. You will drive your own vehicle, following a staff member to the Ranch House about 1.75 miles away. We recommend you bring water to drink.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Kate German (575) 437-8284




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Saturday, October 22
07:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Oliver Lee
Star Party
It's Planet Season! Presented by the Alamogordo Astronomer’s Group. Meet at the Oliver Lee State Park Group Shelter.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Kate German (575) 437-8284




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Saturday, October 22
08:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Rio Grande Nature Ctr.
Guided Bird Walk
Join us for our Guided Bird Walks every Saturday and Sunday morning. Preregistration is required. Please call the RGNC Front Desk 505-344-7240 to sign up. Walks are limited to (12) people. The Park’s 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. Participants are encouraged to bring binoculars, insect repellent and sunscreen, as needed. Meet at the Candelaria Viewing Area (Northeast side of the parking lot). If you are signed up and can’t attend, kindly call us so that we can open the spot to someone on the waiting list.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Front Desk (505) 344-7240




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Sunday, October 23
08:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Rio Grande Nature Ctr.
Guided Bird Walk
Join us for our Guided Bird Walks every Saturday and Sunday morning. Preregistration is required. Please call the RGNC Front Desk 505-344-7240 to sign up. Walks are limited to (12) people. The Park’s 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. Participants are encouraged to bring binoculars, insect repellent and sunscreen, as needed. Meet at the Candelaria Viewing Area (Northeast side of the parking lot). If you are signed up and can’t attend, kindly call us so that we can open the spot to someone on the waiting list.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Front Desk (505) 344-7240




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Friday, October 28
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Oliver Lee
Oliver Lee Ranch House Tour
In the early 19th century, Oliver Lee was a prominent rancher and politician: serving as a senator and state representative. The reconstructed house, originally built in 1893, features furnishings and displays that provide a window into the history or early ranching in the Tularosa Basin. Meet at the visitor center. You will drive your own vehicle, following a staff member to the Ranch House about 1.75 miles away. We recommend you bring water to drink.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Kate German (575) 437-8284




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Saturday, October 29
08:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Rio Grande Nature Ctr.
Guided Bird Walk
Join us for our Guided Bird Walks every Saturday and Sunday morning. Preregistration is required. Please call the RGNC Front Desk 505-344-7240 to sign up. Walks are limited to (12) people. The Park’s 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. Participants are encouraged to bring binoculars, insect repellent and sunscreen, as needed. Meet at the Candelaria Viewing Area (Northeast side of the parking lot). If you are signed up and can’t attend, kindly call us so that we can open the spot to someone on the waiting list.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Front Desk (505) 344-7240




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Saturday, October 29
04:00 PM - 05:30 PM
Ute Lake
Zombie Fun Run
Join the Friends of Ute Lake State Park for a Zombie themed 5K/10K fun walk/run. Entry fee is $30.00 (nonrefundable). Costumes are optional. Zombie Fun Run will take place on Saturday, October 29th. Meet at the Ute Lake State Park Visitor Center at 4:00 p.m. to register for the Zombie Fun Run! Ages 10 and under are free! Walk/Run will begin at 4:30 p.m. All proceeds go toward the efforts made by the Friends of Ute Lake to improve the park! Registration forms can be picked up at Ute Lake State Park Visitor Center, at the Logan Municipal School Library, or online at Friends of Ute Lake FaceBook page. Those who pre-register by October 15th will receive a t-shirt!
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Rick Martin (575) 487-2284




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Sunday, October 30
08:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Rio Grande Nature Ctr.
Guided Bird Walk
Join us for our Guided Bird Walks every Saturday and Sunday morning. Preregistration is required. Please call the RGNC Front Desk 505-344-7240 to sign up. Walks are limited to (12) people. The Park’s 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. Participants are encouraged to bring binoculars, insect repellent and sunscreen, as needed. Meet at the Candelaria Viewing Area (Northeast side of the parking lot). If you are signed up and can’t attend, kindly call us so that we can open the spot to someone on the waiting list.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Front Desk (505) 344-7240




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Sunday, October 30
07:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Ute Lake
Tip Top Bass
Bass tournament
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Rick Martin (575) 487-2284




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