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Monday, April 1
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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Friday, April 5
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, April 5th 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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Monday, April 8
11:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Cerrillos Hills
Eclipse viewing
Join the Amigos de Cerrillos Hill State Park at the park Visitor Center for eclipse viewing. Although Cerrillos is not in the path of totality at deepest eclipse, the sun will be 73% covered. Still a remarkable sight and certainly not something we see every day! Partial eclipse begins at 11:18 AM Deepest phase of eclipse at 12:32 pm partial eclipse ends at 1:49pm Viewing devices to watch the sun safely will be set-up out front of the Visitor Center. Free solar viewing glasses will be available for all visitors, while supplies last.
Fees: Donations welcome
Contact: Park Staff 505-474-0196
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Monday, April 8
11:00 AM - 01:45 PM
Manzano Mountains
Partial Solar Eclipse
Join us Monday, April 8, 2024, as a total solar eclipse crosses North America, passing over Mexico, the United States, and Canada. A total solar eclipse happens when the Moon passes between the Sun and Earth, completely blocking the face of the Sun. The sky will darken as if it were dawn or dusk. Safety is the number one priority when viewing a total solar eclipse. Solar eclipse glasses will be available to visitors on a first come first served basis. 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: Park Staff 505-344-7240




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Monday, April 8
11:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Pecos Canyon
Eclipse Viewing
Join us Monday, April 8, 2024, as a total solar eclipse crosses North America, passing over Mexico, the United States, and Canada. A total solar eclipse happens when the Moon passes between the Sun and Earth, completely blocking the face of the Sun. The sky will darken as if it were dawn or dusk. Safety is the number one priority when viewing a total solar eclipse. Solar eclipse glasses will be available to visitors on a first come first served basis. 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: Park Staff 505-670-8196




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Monday, April 8
11:15 AM - 01:45 PM
Villanueva
Solar Eclipse
Join us at Villanueva State Park Visitor Center. Receive your viewing glasses starting at 8:00 AM. Eclipse begins at 11:15 am and approaches maximum annularity at about 12:30 AM. Bring along camp chairs and other items for your comfort. Park fees are $5 per vehicle or free with a valid New Mexico State Parks pass. To streamline your arrival, bring exact cash $5 or a check and follow the self-permitting process upon arrival at pay station. Solar eclipse viewing glasses are provided on a first come, first served basis.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Sam Encinias 575-421-2957




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Saturday, April 13
02:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Oliver Lee
Live Birds of Prey
Join us in the Chihuahuan Desert Garden to meet a hawk, owl, and vulture in person. New Mexico Raptors was started in 2006 by wildlife educator, Laura McCann. This non-profit organization is dedicated to teaching New Mexicans about wildlife conservation and the importance of raptors in our environment. NMR does live birds-of-prey presentations throughout the state with injured non-releasable birds that are native to the Land of Enchantment. Please bring exact cash or check for the $5 park entrance fee or display a valid New Mexico State Parks annual pass.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Kate German (575) 437-8284




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Saturday, April 13
07:30 PM - 09:30 PM
Oliver Lee
Star Party
Join us as we focus on Jupiter and the quarter moon. Presented by the Alamogordo Astronomer’s Group. Meet at the Oliver Lee State Park Group Shelter. 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: Kate German (575) 437-8284




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Saturday, April 13
08:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Rio Grande Nature Ctr.
New Mexico Boating Safety Course
Free, 8-hour class offered by New Mexico State Parks. There is no fee to take this class. Education is the key to becoming a better, more knowledgeable boater. In New Mexico, many boaters are required by law to complete a boating safety course and receive a boater education card. Everyone is eligible and encouraged to take the course and receive a card. Registration is required. Register using link below.
Fees: None
Contact: Scott Chalmers 505-490-3507
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Saturday, April 27
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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Sunday, April 28
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Mesilla Valley Bosque
Raptors of New Mexico
Come out and see and learn about 3 LIVE Raptors! Expert rehabilitator Laura McCann, of New Mexico Raptors will handle these 3 live raptors and provide you with interesting and informative details about each of these environmentally important birds. Seating will be limited to first 30 people. Afterwards, enjoy a stroll through our native gardens and Exhibit Hall or one of our longer easy to moderate trails. 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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