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Friday, December 2
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, December 3
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Oliver Lee
Story Time with Santa
Join us in the Oliver Lee Memorial State Park visitor center for story time with Santa! There will be coffee, cocoa, and snacks. At 11:00 am Santa will tour the campground to share goodies with campers. This event is made possible by the Friends of Dog Canyon.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Kate German (575) 437-8284




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Friday, December 9
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, December 10
11:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Cerrillos Hills
Pelts and Skulls Hike
This trails-based program uses pelts and skulls of animals common to Cerrillos Hills to connect your favorite comic book superheroes with the adaptations wildlife need to survive. We will hike a route of about 1.5 miles, with moderate difficulty and varied terrain.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: park staff 505-474-0196




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Saturday, December 10
05:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Elephant Butte Lake
Luminaria Beach Walk
Holiday Luminaria Beachwalk with 3,000 luminarias, and more than 25 sites with bonfires. There will be free hot cider, hot chocolate, chile, posole, green chile stew, sweet treats, etc. Santa Claus will be there too!
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Marc Jimenez 575-740-2607




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Saturday, December 10
05:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Elephant Butte Lake
Luminaria Beach Walk
27th Annual Holiday Luminaria Beach walk and Floating Lights Parade. 3,000 Luminarias, 25 site Bonfires with Free Hot Chocolate, Hot Cider, Chile, Posole, Green Chele Stew, and Sweet Treats, ect.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Saul Baquera 575-744-5923




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Saturday, December 10
01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Hyde Memorial
Meet Santa Claus at Hyde Memorial
Meet Santa Claus at Hyde Memorial State Park. Visit his workshop at the Visitor Center and snap a pic with the family. Hot Chocolate, coffee, and cookies will be provided by the Friends.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Mark Komadina 505-983-7175




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Saturday, December 10
05:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Pancho Villa
12th Annual Luminarias at PVSP
Bundle up and spend your evening at Pancho Villa State Park to see the luminarias with free hot chocolate and cookies! Raffle tickets will be given away to win a free ham. All proceeds will benefit the Friends of Pancho Villa State Park. ¡Abríguese y pase la noche en el Parque Estatal Pancho Villa para ver las luminarias con chocolate caliente y galletas gratis! Se regalarán boletos de la rifa para ganar un jamón gratis. Todos los ingresos beneficiarán a los Amigos del Parque Estatal Pancho Villa.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Jonathin Horsley 575-531-2711




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Saturday, December 10
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, December 10
05:00 PM - 06:30 PM
Rockhound
Holiday Lights
1100+ Luminaries will be display along roadway and Visitor Center. We will be serving hot cider & biscochitos.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Robert V. Apodaca 1-575-546-6182




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Wednesday, December 14
06:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Elephant Butte Lake
Weather: Everyone Talks About It
Weather: Everyone Talks About It by Dr. David DuBois Weather affects us every day, but how much do we really know about it?
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Kurt Fulkerson 575-744-5923




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Friday, December 16
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, December 17
05:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Leasburg Dam
STAR PROGRAM
Join us for a night 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, December 17
02:00 PM - 03:30 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: Katelyn Martin (575) 887-5516




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Saturday, December 17
05:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Sugarite Canyon
Christmas on the Chicorica
Enjoy a walk amongst a farolitos lit trail along Sugarite Canyon State Park's Chicorica creek. Warm beverages and cookies will be available at the Visitor Center. Telescopic Star Gazing will be available, cloud cover permitting.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Walter Luba 575-445-5607




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Friday, December 23
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, December 23
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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Friday, December 30
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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