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Saturday, February 3
05:45 PM - 08:45 PM
Leasburg Dam
STAR PROGRAM
Join us for a night of star gazing. Members from the Astronomical Society of Las Cruces will operate a 16" telescope to view amazing night sky objects. Through several telescopes, you will see nebulae, globular clusters, star clusters, planetary nebulae, galaxies, and more! The show starts at sunset located at the Observatory - next to the visitor center parking lot. $5 per vehicle park entrance fee.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: any park staff 575-524-4068




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Saturday, February 3
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 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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Sunday, February 4
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 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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Monday, February 5
08:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Mesilla Valley Bosque
Monthly Bird ID Walking Tour
Enjoy a guided walk and learn how to identify various resident and migratory bird species from a local expert birder and member of the Mesilla Valley Audubon Society. Plan on walking approximately 2 miles round trip on easy to moderate trail. There is a $5 per vehicle DAY USE FEE required UPON ENTRY.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Alex Mares 575-523-4398




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Wednesday, February 7
06:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Elephant Butte Lake
Mammals, great and small, of EB
Learn about facts and myths of many of the mammals found in Elephant Butte.
Fees: Free
Contact: Ranger Jimenez 575-740-2706




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Saturday, February 10
10:30 AM - 11:45 AM
Rio Grande Nature Ctr.
The Science of Wildlife Tracking
Wild Eyed the Revealing Science of Wildlife Tracking The ability to interpret tracks and sign on our home landscapes fundamentally changes how we as Homo sapiens relate to the living world. Why is tracking so beneficial, and wildly well-suited to the human mind and imagination? Join Casey McFarland to explore what the skillset actually is, why it transforms our experience of life on earth, and how we can easily learn to be proficient. Casey McFarland trains biologists, research teams, eco-tourism guides, and the public to read and interpret the tracks and signs of wildlife. Day-Use Fee: $3.00 per vehicle (exact cash or check)
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: RGNC Front Desk 505-344-7240




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Saturday, February 10
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 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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Sunday, February 11
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 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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Friday, February 16
06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Cerrillos Hills
Moon Hike
Join this guided hike and learn interesting lunar facts and folklore. We will also take time to observe the moon through the park's spotting telescope. The hike begins promptly at 6:00 PM.
Fees: $5 per vehicle
Contact: Park staff 505-474-0196




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Friday, February 16
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. This month the class is on Friday, February 16th from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. 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. The regular Park Entrance Fee applies. Please bring exact cash or check or display a valid New Mexico State Parks annual pass.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Laken Humble (575) 487-2284




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Saturday, February 17
09:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Cerrillos Hills
Trail Jog
Trail running has become an increasingly popular way to be out in nature and get fit. But the rigorous pace is a deterrent to some people. Get some exercise and join our low-key trail jog group led by Amigos member, Kim Davis and seasonal ranger, Jan Bennett.
Fees: $5 per vehicle
Contact: Park staff 505-474-0196




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Saturday, February 17
01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Living Desert
Live Raptor Presentation
Join us for an exciting program starring live birds of prey, presented by Laura McCann of New Mexico Raptors, Inc. Learn about the raptors that call New Mexico home and what makes them such an important part of our unique desert ecosystem! The presentation in the Visitor Center is free to all. Regular admission is required for guests wishing to tour the zoo.
Fees: *Free
Contact: Park Staff (575) 887-5516




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Saturday, February 17
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 February 17, 2024, at 10:30 am. Meet in the Native Plant Garden. Storyteller and Master Naturalist, Dianne Rossbach shares Bosque Nature tales . . . Why does Crane have rusty colored wing feathers? Are birds nesting yet? When do ants wake up? Come join us for multicultural tales, natural history facts, participation, and “naturally”… fun for all! Especially for those aged 5 to 10 years old. Children should always bring their own adult, so they can enjoy the fun, too! 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). Stories Under the Cottonwood Tree will be offered at 10:30 am on the third Saturday of each month (weather permitting)
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: RGNC Front Desk 505-344-7240




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Saturday, February 17
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 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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Sunday, February 18
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 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, February 24
08:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Leasburg Dam
Bird Tour
Join us on a guided tour. A Mesilla Valley Audubon birding expert will take you on a hike around Leasburg Dam State Park and help you learn how to identify birds. Meet at the Leasburg Dam State Park Visitor Center at 8am. Bring binoculars, appropriate hiking shoes and dress for the weather. The regular Park Entrance Fee applies. Please bring exact cash or check or display a valid New Mexico State Parks annual pass.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: any park staff 575-524-4068




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Saturday, February 24
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Mesilla Valley Bosque
Acequias of Mesilla
Enjoy an interpretive talk by Alexandra McKinney of NM Dept. of Cultural Affairs/J.Paul Taylor Historic Site about the history, meaning and significance of the "acequia" system in the Mesilla Valley. Seating is limited to the first 30 people. Before or after the presentation, enjoy a self-guided hike on our trails or of our beautiful Exhibit Hall and landscaped gardens. There is a $5 per vehicle DAY USE FEE required UPON ENTRY.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Alex Mares 575-523-4398




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Saturday, February 24
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 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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Sunday, February 25
11:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Cerrillos Hills
Geology Hike
Learn to decode the ancient past through the eyes of a geologist. Local rockhound, Scott Renbarger will be your guide.
Fees: $5 per vehicle
Contact: park staff 505-474-0196




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Sunday, February 25
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 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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