Sep
26
8:00am 8:00am

Beginner's Hike #4

Join renowned environmental activist, Judy Ackerman, on a 4.0-miles, easy to moderate hike with just a 250-ft. elevation gain. Hike in arroyos and on ridges near the Franklin Mountains State and learn more about basic hiking, native landscapes and geology. Park. Some walking will be off trail with very uneven footing. Meet at the corner of Mountain View and Zircon. Bring 2 quarts of water, wear sturdy footgear, long pants, long sleeve shirt and a hat. Snacks and a camera are also recommended. For more information, contact Judy Ackerman at 703-622-0661 or jpackerman53@gmail.com.

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Sep
28
6:00am 6:00am

17th Annual Celebration of Our Mountains Juried Art Show

See work by local artists, inspired by and focused on our region’s mountains and landscape. All artwork on display is for sale. This artistic Celebration of Our Mountains will be in the Sunset Room of Ardovino’s Desert Crossing. For more information, email customerservice@ardovinos.com. For location and map, visit www.ardovinos.com. Be sure to see information about the restaurant and the farmers market.
 

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Sep
30
8:00am 8:00am

Hondo Pass Hike

Walk down one of the most interesting and pristine arroyos in the Franklins. You may even see Mule Deer. A car shuttle is required for this hike. This will be a three mile, three hours, moderate off trail hike.  Long pants are recommended. Meet at Hondo Pass and Virgo Lane, leave some cars there and car pool to Transmountain Road Smugglers Gap parking area to start the hike. There is a $2 FMSP fee or use your TX Parks Pass. Bring 2-3 liters of water, snacks and sturdy hiking boots. This hike is dog friendly if you dog has been trained and socialized. Bring doggie bags and water. 

Contact person: Carol Brown 915-630-1424

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Sep
30
9:00am 9:00am

13th Annual Chihuahuan Desert Fiesta

The 13th Annual Chihuahuan Desert Fiesta at the Tom Mays section of Franklin Mountains State Park is planned for Saturday, September 30, from 9am to 3pm.  The free family event helps people connect with the great outdoors of the Franklin Mountains and is sponsored by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department with the help of volunteers from the Chihuahuan Desert Education Coalition. Every year the event attracts hundreds of people to the desert mountain park in northwest El Paso.
 
The outdoor venue celebrates the natural wonders of the Chihuahuan Desert and Franklin Mountains State Park. Local environmental education groups will be on hand to offer free demonstrations, guided tours, guest speakers and informational booths designed to introduce the curious to the wonders of our fascinating desert. 

For more information contact CDEC Committee Chair Carlos Rodriguez at 915-240-3311. A complete schedule of entertainment and special programs during the day will be posted on the CDEC website in late September at chihuahuandesert.org.
 

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Sep
30
9:00am 9:00am

★Kay Bailey Hutchison Desalination Plant Tour

Celebrate the 10th anniversary of the world’s largest inland desalination plant. The plant, a joint project of El Paso Water and Fort Bliss, produces up to 27.5 million gallons of fresh water daily. The desalination process uses the most comprehensive water treatment technology available, removing salts and other potential pollutants from brackish groundwater. Learn more about the plant’s history and operation, as well as Enviro Water Minerals Company’s innovative salt recovery techniques from Scott Reinert, El Paso Water’s Water Resources Engineer. Meet at the TecH20 Learning Center for orientation. A tour of the Kay Bailey Hutchison Desalination Plant and Enviro Water Minerals, 10751 Montana Ave., will follow. Expect minimal walking during this 1.5-hour tour.
 
For more information, contact Scott Reinert, 915-253-2004, sreinert@epwu.org.

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Oct
7
8:00am 8:00am

Old Hachita New Mexico Mining Ghost Town

Journey to Old Hachita New Mexico Mining Ghost Town. It is located just west of Columbus in the Little Hachita Mountains. The town was settled in 1875 as a mining camp for silver and copper. Mining operations then moved to Eureka, NM where turquoise, lead and even gold were mined. A high clearance vehicle will be required - 4-wheel drive a plus but not necessary. Pack water, snacks, lunch, hats, and cameras. There are some open shafts which are taped off, however it may not be safe for small children. We will gather to eat lunch together as a group.
 
Meet across from the Border Patrol Station (just west of Pete V. Domenici Memorial Hwy) on Hwy 9 at 8 AM. The drive is approximately 2-hours long. There will be a restroom stop in Columbus, NM at the historic Coots Hill and site of Pancho Villa’s raid into Columbus, NM. Once you have passed Columbus, you will go 44 miles to “New” Hachita and then south to “Old Hachita”
  
You will learn about and see the harsh reality of the mining days in Old Hachita and the ways miners had to deal with heat and by the constant threat of Apaches.

By the way, there is an interesting story behind the name Eureka. Come on the field trip and find out.

For more information, please contact Valerie Provencio, 594-5634, valpro1952@gmail.com.

  
 

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Oct
7
8:00am 8:00am

Fence Trail, Mule Shoe Loop and Cardiac Trail

Hike some of the fascinating trails on the NE side of the mountains. Meet at Chuck Heinrich Park. Take Jon Cunningham street off MLK Blvd and drive to the end. This will be a moderate loop hike of almost six miles, all on-trail, and will take around four hours. There is a $2 FMSP fee or use your TX Parks Pass.  Bring 2-3 liters of water, snacks and sturdy hiking boots. This hike is dog friendly if you dog has been trained and socialized. Bring doggie bags and water. 

Contact person: Carol Brown 915-630-1424

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Oct
7
9:00am 9:00am

Resler Canyon Guided Hike

Get to know the local ecology, birds, mammals and plants at the Wakeem/Teschner Nature Preserve inside the city limits of El Paso at Resler Canyon. The Wakeem/Teschner Nature Preserve is owned and managed by the Frontera Land Alliance. Meet at Resler Canyon/Cadiz Street on the west side of El Paso. This 1.5 hours guided hike is free and will be led by biologist, ornithologist and former Curator at UTEP’s Centennial Museum, Scott Cutler. The terrain is rocky and uneven. Bring binoculars and camera. Wear sunblock, a hat, long sleeves and pants and sturdy shoes – no open-toed shoes. Frontera will provide water but bring extra if you want. For more information, please email janae@FronteraLandAlliance.org.
 

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Oct
8
9:00am 9:00am

Thunder Canyon Guided Hike

Learn about the local ecology, birds, mammals and plants at Thunder Canyon. Thunder Canyon is owned by the City of El Paso. The Frontera Land Alliance ensures that the conservation easement is enforced. Meet at the end of Oak Cliff off Pebble Beach. From I10 exit Sunland Park Drive and head east. Stay on Sunland Park and the name changes to Shadow Mountain after you cross Mesa Street. Take a right onto Pebble Beach Dr. Turn right on Oak Cliff. Oak Cliff dead ends at Thunder Canyon. This 1.5 hours guided hike is free and will be led by biologist, ornithologist and former Curator at UTEP’s Centennial Museum, Scott Cutler. The terrain is rocky and uneven. Bring binoculars and camera. Wear sunblock, a hat, long sleeves and pants and sturdy shoes – no open-toed shoes. Frontera will provide water but bring extra if you want. For more information, please email  janae@FronteraLandAlliance.org.

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Oct
14
8:00am 8:00am

Mount Cristo Rey: Hike through Time

Hear about the local history and geology of Mount Cristo Rey. The 5-miles, 2 to 3 hours hike is easy to moderate and suitable for all ages. Randy Limbird, editor and publisher of El Paso Scene will be your leader. Cost: $3 ($2 for children) donation requested for the Mt. Cristo Restoration Committee. For more Information: 542-1422. No reservation is required. Meet at the large parking lot at the trailhead to Mt. Cristo Rey off McNutt Road (NM 273). Take the Racetrack exit off Paisano and cross the Rio Grande.

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Oct
14
9:00am 9:00am

★El Paso Electric Solar Facility and Montana Power Station

Join El Paso Electric on a tour of the Montana Power Station (MPS) and Community Solar Facility at the Eastside Operations Campus, 13511 Montana Ave. El Paso Electric Eastside Operations Campus. Tour is limited to 80 guests. Please reserve your spot by emailing Karmen.Mayorga@epelectric.com by October 11, 2017. Include the number of people attending in your group.   

The Montana Power Station is comprised of four generating units capable of generating enough energy to provide electricity to more than 160,000 homes and add 352 megawatts (MW) of efficient, reliable and clean-burning natural gas power to the power grid. The state-of-the-art 88-MW simple cycle aero-derivative combustion turbines are powered by natural gas and have quick start capabilities which allow the unit to go from off-line to full output in less than 10 minutes, thus increasing overall power grid stability, and work in concert with the Company's renewable energy sources.
 
The El Paso Electric Community Solar Program is a voluntary pilot program available to all Texas customers: homeowners, renters and business owners. The solar facility has a capacity of 3,000 kilowatts (kW) and uses panels that track the sun for maximum energy production. This is the largest community solar facility in the state of Texas and was fully subscribed in just one month.

 

 

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Oct
15
9:00am 9:00am

What's in a Hueco? An interpretive hike of aquatic habitats at Hueco Tanks

Join UTEP’s Professor of Biological Sciences, Liz Walsh, on a hike to explore aquatic habitats at Hueco Tanks. Dr. Walsh has been studying life in the huecos and other temporary aquatic habitats at Hueco Tanks for over 20 years. During the hike, you will visit very temporary huecos that are the home to specialized communities of animals including fairy shrimp, tadpole shrimp, waterbears and even an endemic species of rotifer. Dr. Walsh will explain how these organisms persist during prolonged periods of dessication and exposure to the elements. We will also visit larger temporary waterbodies such as Laguna Prieta where, in addition to fairy and tadpole shrimp, hundreds of species of invertebrates thrive during the wet season. Meet at Hueco Tanks State Park and Historic Site. Wear sturdy shoes, bring plenty of water and a snack for this 2-hr. hike to North and East Mountain sites. This field trip is limited to 10 people. Please email ewalsh@utep.edu to make your reservation and for more information.
 

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Oct
15
9:15am 9:15am

Yoga on the Rocks

Join Hot Box Yoga owners and instructors, Kat and Matt Mark, and hike the Aztec Cave Trail in the Tom Mays Unit of the Franklin Mountains State Park then enjoy all levels of yoga surrounded by our beautiful desert landscape. Bring yoga mats, water and wear hiking shoes. There will be a $2 charge for entering the Park - a reduction from $5 as a courtesy to Celebration of Our Mountains. For more information, contact Hot Box Yoga, 915-740-9325.
 

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Oct
21
8:00am 8:00am

1000 Steps Trail

Hike the beginning of a New Deal Civilian Conservation Corps project. Start from the end of Stanton Street. It will be an out and back hike of about 4 miles and 4 hours. From I-10 take Executive Center Exit, turn right onto Mesa, take a left at the light onto Brentwood, at the stop sign turn left onto Stanton Street and follow it to the end. There is a $2 FMSP fee or use your TX Parks Pass. Bring 2-3 liters of water, snacks and sturdy hiking boots. This hike is dog friendly if your dog has been trained and socialized. Bring doggie bags and water.

Contact person: Carol Brown 915-630-1424

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Oct
21
10:00am10:00am

★Aquifer Recharge Field Trip

Saturday, October 21, 2017, 10:00 AM
Aquifer Recharge Field Trip
 
Learn more about El Paso Water’s pioneering efforts to clean wastewater to drinking-water quality standards. EP Water has been using reclaimed water to recharge the Hueco Bolson Aquifer for decades. Hear more about water reclamation from Scott Reinert, El Paso Water’s water resources engineer. Meet at Painted Dunes Golf Club, 12000 McCombs St., inside the restaurant for orientation. Participants will caravan for a short drive to the recharge basins. Expect minimal walking during this 1.5-hour field trip. Bring comfortable shoes, water and a hat.
 
For more information, contact Scott Reinert, 915-253-2004, sreinert@epwu.org.
 

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Oct
28
9:00am 9:00am

Spend the Day at Keystone Heritage Park

Nature Walks   •   Guided Wetland Tours   •   Botanical Garden Tours •  Bird Watching  •  Habitat, Bird, Tree and History Experts On-Site
Spend the morning at Keystone Heritage Park and enjoy easy hiking, garden tours, history lessons, visits with bird and wetland experts and much more.  Mike Gaglio will lead walks through Keystone’s 50 acres with information on the ecology of the wetlands and identifying native plants. John Kiseda will help visitors spot and identify the birds. Pick up a free, frame-ready poster with illustrations of the best trees for El Paso. Join Cindy Harrington as she talks about the Desert Botanical Garden. If you have not visited the Garden recently, now is the time to experience how native and adaptive plants thrive in our desert. Meet Bernie Sargent in the shade of the garden to hear about the long and varied history of the area Keystone occupies. Learn the story of Susan Magoffin, one of four of John Houser’s sculptures, which makes its home at Keystone. 
 

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Oct
28
9:00am 9:00am

Prehistoric Trackways Flood Site

Saturday, October 28, 2017, 9 AM
Hike: Prehistoric Trackways Flood Site

With paleontologist, Colin Dunn, travel back 280 million years to the Early Permian, a time when this area was a tidal flat on the edge of a wide seaway.  Learn about the abundant marine life that lived off the coast, such as Brachiopods and Ammonites, and what animals left their tracks in the shallow water of the tidal flat.  Additionally, numerous petrified logs and plants have been found in marine sediments.  Why are they in the ocean?  This hike will lead visitors up and over a hill to a scientifically important petrified wood locality, the Site Flood.  Geology and paleontology of the area will be discussed. Directions: Travel on Picacho Ave./ Hwy. 70. At the stop light with Shalem Colony Trail go north on Shalem Colony Trail for approximately 5.5 miles. Prior to reaching the Rio Grande, you will reach a county road, Rocky Acres Trail. Turn west on Rocky Acres Trail. Go west approximately ¼ mile to a dirt road entrance on the left-hand side. Cross over a cattle guard and continue to the west past the first parking lot to the second. Dress appropriately and remember the outdoor essentials – water, snacks, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, and sturdy is approximately a 3-hours field trip, moderate hike. For more information, contact Colin Dunn at crdunn@blm.gov. 


 

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Oct
29
9:00am 9:00am

Cacti and Other Desert Plants of the Southwest

Hike 1.3 miles along the Agave Loop in the Franklin Mountains State Park and learn about many of the cacti and other succulents of the Franklin Mountains. The trail is steep at some parts, but offers a splendid view. Meet at parking lot for Cottonwood Spring/Mundy's Gap trail in the Tom Mays unit of the Franklin Mountains State Park. There is a $2 FMSP fee or use your Texas Parks Pass.

For more information, please contact the event leader: EPCC Biologist and co-author of “Cacti of Texas in Their Natural Habitat”, Gertrud Konings, Ph.D., gertrudkonings@gmail.com.

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Nov
4
8:00am 8:00am

McKelligon Ridge from the Westside

Most people know about hiking to the ridge from McKelligon Canyon. But did you know that there is a great way from the westside? Park on Thunderbird Street where the water tanks and golf course are - approximately the 1100 block of Thunderbird. This will be an out and back hike of about 4 miles and 4 hours. The first two miles are all uphill and the last two miles downhill. We will be hiking up to the ridge that will look to the east onto McKelligon Canyon. There is a $2 FMSP fee or use your TX Parks Pass. Bring 2-3 liters of water, snacks and sturdy hiking boots. This hike is dog friendly if you dog has been trained and socialized. Bring doggie bags and water. 

Contact person: Carol Brown 915-630-1424

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Nov
11
9:00am 9:00am

Introduction to the Rio Bosque Wetlands Park

Take a 2-hour walk back in time on this 2-miles walking tour of the park.  You will learn about the historic environmental conditions in the Rio Grande valley, restoration and recovery of damaged ecosystems, the plant and animal communities of the park, and the multi-pronged approach to getting water to the park.  Bring water, sunscreen, insect repellent and binoculars.  Meet at Riverside Canal bridge. From 1‑10 take Americas Avenue/Loop 375 south to Pan American, turn left and travel 1.5 miles to the bridge.  For more information, contact John Sproul, 915-7478663 or jsproul@utep.edu.

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Nov
12
to Nov 19

Climb the Tallest Mountain in the World

Fly the unfriendly skies of United to the beautiful Big Island of Hawaii. The approximate length of the flight from El Paso to Hilo is just 13 hours if you aren’t bumped from your seat or dragged out of the airplane. After getting lei-ed at the Hilo International Airport, you will prepare for your climb to the top of Mauna Kea by first deep sea diving 19,700 feet below the water’s surface. Mt. Everest is the highest mountain if measured from sea level to summit – 29,035 feet. However, Mauna Kea from its underwater base to its tippy top is 33,500 feet, nearly a mile taller than Everest. After your very deep-sea dive, you will begin to climb the rest of Mauna Kea. However, you can cheat and drive to the top where, after 2 short hours of driving, you can visit the Mauna Kea observatory. You may want to bring your oxygen tanks since, at the summit, there is 40% less oxygen than at sea level. Deep sea equipment and oxygen tanks are available for rent. Best wishes. For more information, contact your psychiatrist and life insurance agent.

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Nov
19
to Nov 20

Birds of the Rio Bosque Wetlands Park

This wildlife refuge within El Paso’s city limits abounds with bird life:  244 different species have been recorded to date.  By late November, extensive areas at the park should be flooded, and a nice mix of resident and migratory birds should be present.  Bring water, sunscreen, insect repellent and binoculars.  This field trip will last 2 hours. Meet at Riverside Canal bridge.  From 1-10 take Americas Avenue/Loop 375 south to Pan American, turn left and travel 1.5 miles to the bridge.  For more information, contact John Sproul, 915-747-8663 or jsproul@utep.edu.
 

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Sep
24
8:00am 8:00am

Native Chihuahuan Desert Plant and Bird Tour

Join Texas Parks and Wildlife’s Urban Wildlife Biologist, Lois Balin, for a Native Chihuahuan Desert plant and birding tour around the El Paso Archaeology Museum on Transmountain Road.  Meet in the parking lot of the museum. Wear sturdy walking shoes.  Bring water, snacks, binoculars, and a camera.  Please reserve your spot in advance, limited to 15 people. For more information and to reserve your spot, contact Lois Balin at (915) 227-1988 or lois.balin@tpwd.texas.gov.
 

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Sep
24
7:00am 7:00am

Mountain Biking Beginner's Demo Ride

Two scehduled times: 7:00 AM and 9:30 AM

Join Crazy Cat Cyclery and GeoBetty Tours for an opportunity to test out El Paso’s trails on a great full-suspension mountain bike.  Crazy’s Cat’s mountain bike rental fleet will be available (at no charge) at Chuck Heinrich Park in northeast El Paso. Guides from GeoBetty Tours and Crazy Cat will take riders for a 1 hour to 1.5 hours ride in the Franklin Mountains State Park. This is a great chance to learn if mountain biking is right for you. Participants will learn about El Paso’s trails and general mountain biking skills. Start times are 7 AM and 9:30 AM. There is a $2 State Park fee or you can use your Park Pass. Mountain bikes and helmets provided. Bring bike, water bottle and/or Camelback-style backpack with water plus gloves. RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. Call 915-526-1091 no later than September 21 to reserve your slot.  Meet at Chuck Heinrich Park. (From Hwy 54, take exit 31 toward Martin Luther King Jr/Kenworthy St. Turn north onto Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Take left at Jon Cunningham Blvd. which dead ends at the parking lot. For more information, you may also contact Don Baumgardt, don@geobetty.com.

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Sep
23
6:30pm 6:30pm

Night Sky Program at Aguirre Springs

Saturday, September 23, 2017, 6:30 PM
Night Sky Program at Aguirre Springs

Join the Alamogordo Amateur Astronomy Club and learn more about the night sky. The moon will be a waxing crescent so it will have little light to block out the stars. Please meet at Group Site Shelter 1 at Aguirre Springs Campgrounds. Take U.S. 70 for 14 miles east of the I-25/U.S. 70 interchange in Las Cruces, then turn south on the Aguirre Springs Road (1.1 miles after San Augustine Pass) for six miles. At mile 4 the road becomes a one-way loop and climbs steeply. Group Site is past campgrounds at the end of the loop past the first and second campgrounds to the right. Dress appropriately and remember the outdoor essentials – water, snacks and a flashlight to get back to your vehicle. There is a $5 per vehicle Recreation Permit Fee for parking or use your Federal Lands Pass/local LCDO (Las Cruces District Office) pass. For more information, contact Eileen Davis, 575-525-4306 or edavis@blm.gov

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Sep
23
8:30am 8:30am

A Walk through the Wreckage: A Short History of Doomed Aviation and the Franklin Mountains

CANCELLED

Regretably this event must be cancelled. Group leader has had a death in the family

Hike to the site of the 1954 B-36 crash and view the wreckage on the southwest side of the Franklins with El Paso County Historical Society First Vice President, Robert Diaz. Learn more about the history of the crash, and the crash of a B-24 that occurred on the eastern slope of the mountains several years earlier as well as military exercises in El Paso the and preservation and maintenance of these sites.  Meet at the top of Stanton Street at the El Paso County Historical Marker recently dedicated in honor of the 60th Anniversary of the incident. This is a difficult hike of 4 to 5 hours. Bring plenty of water, snacks, wear appropriate clothing, sturdy shoes and sunscreen. For more information, contact Robert Diaz, 915-329-3702 or rjdiaz.ofa@gmail.com.

The El Paso County Historical Society is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization and is one of the only archival libraries in the county. It is open Monday through Friday from 10am to 2pm and located at 603 W. Yandell. 

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Sep
23
8:00am 8:00am

Upper and Lower Sunset Trails


Get panoramic views which include the Rio Grande, volcanic fields and more. Find (but do not take) Foraminifera fossils which have been around for the past 540 million years. This will be a loop hike of around 5 miles, all on-trail. It will take about four hours. It is a moderate hike with the hardest part being the uphill at the start of the hike. We will take a slow to moderate pace. There is a $2 FMSP fee or use your TX Parks Pass. Go to the Tom Mays unit of the Franklin Mountains State Park. After paying at the booth, drive to the very end of the road, where all the picnic tables are. Bring 2-3 liters of water, snacks and sturdy hiking boots. This hike is dog friendly if your dog has been trained and socialized. Bring doggie bags and water. 

Contact person: Carol Brown, 915-630-1424


 

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Sep
19
8:00am 8:00am

Beginner's Hike#3

Tuesday, September 19, 2017, 8 AM
Beginner’s Hike #3

Join renowned environmental activist, Judy Ackerman, on a 3.0-miles, very easy hike with just a 250-ft. elevation gain. Hike in arroyos and on ridges near the Franklin Mountains State and learn more about native landscapes and geology. Park. Some walking will be off trail with very uneven footing. Meet at the corner of Edgar Park and Zircon. Bring 2 quarts of water, wear sturdy footgear, long pants, long sleeve shirt and a hat. Snacks and a camera are also recommended. For more information, contact Judy Ackerman at 703-622-0661 or jpackerman53@gmail.com.

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Sep
17
8:30am 8:30am

Hike to the Tin Mines

Sunday, September 17, 2017, 8:30 AM
Hike to the Tin Mines

Join the UTEP Miners in celebrating our mountains by visiting the only tin mines in the United States! Learn about the structure and formation of the Franklins, the geological history that played a significant role of the creation of tin, as well as the history and excavation of the old tin mine. This 6.5-mile round trip is generally easy as well as dog friendly, so don't forget your furry friends! Remember to bring your sunscreen, proper gear, lunch and plenty of water. Meet in the parking lot of Chuck Heinrich Park.

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Sep
16
6:30pm 6:30pm

Who's Running around the Desert at Night

Find out how desert organisms avoid typically high, frequently lethal, daytime temperatures by adapting to a nocturnal way of life. This field trip is easy walking but be sure to wear sturdy hiking shoes. Bring flashlights (preferably 1 white and 1 UV) and a camera. Meet at the gate of the Tom Mays Unit of the Franklin Mountains State Park. There is a $2 park fee or use your Park Pass.

For more information, contact Dr. Paul Hyder, 915-244-5322, phyder@zianet.com.

 

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Sep
16
8:00am 8:00am

Prehistoric Trackways Discovery Site

Saturday, September 16, 2017, 8 AM
Saturday, October 14, 2017, 9 AM
Saturday, November 18, 2017, 9 AM

With paleontologist, Colin Dunn, travel back 280 million years to the Early Permian, a time when this area was a tidal flat on the edge of a wide seaway.  Learn about the creatures that lived on the coast and left numerous footprints and trackways in the muds and sands.  From the mighty sail-backed Dimetrodon, to small insects and arachnids, tracks of all sizes have been preserved.  This hike will take visitors up an arroyo to the first major site that these tracks were found and collected, the Discovery Site.  Geology and paleontology of the area will be discussed. Travel on Picacho Ave./ Hwy. 70. At the stop light with Shalem Colony Trail. Go north on Shalem Colony Trail for approximately 5.5 miles. Prior to reaching the Rio Grande, you will reach a county road, Rocky Acres Trail. Turn west on Rocky Acres Trail. Go west approximately ¼ mile to a dirt road entrance on the left-hand shoes. This side. Cross over a cattle guard and continue to the west past the first parking lot to the second. Dress appropriately and remember the outdoor essentials – water, snacks, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, and sturdy is approximately a 3-hours field trip, moderate hike. For more information, contact Colin Dunn at crdumm@blm.gov.
 

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Sep
16
8:00am 8:00am

Northern Pass Hike

Hike a mountain bike trail into Hitt Canyon. (Keep an eye out for mountain bikers.) This is another moderate 4-5 hour, 5-6 miles hike at the north end of the Franklin Mountains. Directions:  From I-10 West, take exit 162 (Anthony/Chaparral) NM 404. Drive east 4.2 miles. At the exact place where the passing lane ends, turn right onto a dirt road.  Go through a green gate.  Drive 2/10mile to a flat parking area on the left. There is a $2 FMSP fee or use your TX Parks Pass.  Bring 2-3 liters of water, snacks and sturdy hiking boots. This hike is dog friendly if your dog has been trained and socialized. Bring doggie bags and water. 

Contact person: Carol Brown 915-630-1424

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Sep
12
8:00am 8:00am

Beginner's Hike #2

Join renowned environmental activist, Judy Ackerman, on a 2.5-miles, very easy hike with just a 250-ft. elevation gain. Hike in arroyos and on ridges near the Franklin Mountains State and learn more about basic hiking, native landscapes and geology. Park. Some walking will be off trail with very uneven footing. Meet at the corner of Mountain View and Zircon. Bring 2 quarts of water, wear sturdy footgear, long pants, long sleeve shirt and a hat. Snacks and a camera are also recommended. For more information, contact Judy Ackerman at 703-622-0661 or jpackerman53@gmail.com.

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Sep
10
9:00am 9:00am

Bike to Scenic Drive Overlook

Get ready to pedal! Bicycle with the EP Cyclists from Sacred Heart Church, 601 S. Mesa, to the western entrance to Scenic Drive beginning at 9:00 AM. (For those who wish to participate, there will be a Mass beginning at 8:00.) You will arrive at the Scenic Drive Overlook about 9:30 to 9:45. A Blessing of the Bicycles ceremony will follow conducted by Jesuit Ron Gonzales, Pastor of Sacred Heart Parish. All are invited to join this special celebration: cyclists, runners, hikers, photographers and artists including people from Las Cruces and Cd. Juarez. Afterwards, you will bicycle back to Sacred Heart. From there, you can do a longer ride with the EP Cyclists. For more information, contact Yvonne Soto, EP Cyclists Advocacy Director at 915-355-4663 and/or yvonnesoto10@yahoo.com. Please visit www.epcyclists.com

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Sep
9
8:00am 8:00am

Hitt Canyon Loop Hike

Enjoy a moderate 4-5 hour, 5 miles hike at the north end of the Franklin Mountains. Meet at the Trail Head on NM404/Anthony Gap Road. Directions:  From I-10 West, take exit 162 (Anthony/Chaparral) NM 404. Drive east 4.2 miles. At the exact place where the passing lane ends, turn right onto a dirt road.  Go through a green gate.  Drive 2/10 mile to a flat parking area on the left. There is a $2 FMSP fee or use your Texas Parks Pass.  Bring 2-3 liters of water, snacks and sturdy hiking boots. This hike is dog friendly if you dog has been trained and socialized. Bring doggie bags and water. 

Contact person: Carol Brown 915-630-1424

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Sep
9
6:30am 6:30am

Migratory Birds of Percha and Caballo Dams

Join the El Paso Trans Pecos Audubon Society and look for migratory birds, Gulls and ducks at Percha Dam and Caballo Dam. Percha Dam State Park is filled with beautiful Cottonwoods and Caballo Dam is just 15-miles downstream from Truth or Consequences, NM. Meet at 6:30 a.m. at the Southwest corner of the El Paso Outlet Mall at I-10 Transmountain (Talbot Rd. entrance to the Mall).  Bring a lunch.  There is a nominal fee of $5 per car which is good for both areas.  Contact Mark Perkins at 915-637-3521 for more information.

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Sep
6
7:00pm 7:00pm

The What, Why, Where and Who of Deserts

Have you ever wondered about the "What, Why, Where, and Who" of deserts? This talk by ecologist Dr. Paul Hyder will cover these questions while focusing on the biota of our local Chihuahuan desert. The topics covered are a useful introduction for anyone participating in the Celebration of Our Mountains desert hikes and local field trips.

The 2017 Celebration of Our Mountains Third Annual Talk will be held at the Memorial Park Garden Center, 3105 Grant Avenue, just past the intersection of Grant Ave. and N. Raynor Street at the southwest corner of Memorial Park. The event is FREE.

The event is co-sponsored by the Trans-Pecos Chapter of the Texas Master Naturalists.

More about Paul:

http://www.desertexposure.com/200507/200507_scorpions.html

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Sep
4
8:00am 8:00am

Beginner's Hike #1

Join renowned environmental activist, Judy Ackerman, on a 1.5-miles hike with just a 250-ft. elevation gain. Hike in arroyos and on ridges near the Franklin Mountains State and learn more about basic hiking and native plants. Park. Some walking will be off trail with very uneven footing. Meet at the corner of Stoney Hill and Big Bend. Bring 2 quarts of water, wear sturdy footgear, long pants, long sleeve shirt and a hat. Snacks and a camera are also recommended. For more information, contact Judy Ackerman at 703-622-0661 or jpackerman53@gmail.com.
 

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Sep
3
8:00am 8:00am

Burrowing Owls of Rio Bosque Wetlands Park

Join Join Rio Bosque Director, John Sproul, for a tour of the Rio Bosque Wetlands Park Burrowing Owls.  Learn about burrowing owl ecology and the artificial nest site project at the Park.  Meet in front of the Bustamante Wastewater Treatment Plant on the dirt levee just over the Riverside Canal Bridge.  Bring water, snacks, binoculars, and a camera.  Tour is no longer limited to 7 people. Come if you are interested.  For more information, contact John Sproul at 915-755-7371.

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Sep
2
8:00am 8:00am

Baylor Canyon Trail Hike

Saturday, September 2, 2017, 8 AM
Baylor Canyon Trail Hike

Hike Baylor Canyon Trail with BLM Education and Outreach Director, Eileen Davis. See spectacular views including the igneous crags of the Organ Needles. The 2-miles hike has a bit of elevation change to the summit of Baylor Pass. Meet at the Aguirre Springs Campground which is located on the east side of Organ Mountains, east of Las Cruces in Dona Ana County. Take U.S. 70 for 14 miles east of the I-25/U.S. 70 interchange in Las Cruces, then turn south on the Aguirre Springs Road (1.1 miles after San Augustine Pass) for six miles. At mile 4 the road becomes a one-way loop and climbs steeply. Wear appropriate shoes and clothing and bring plenty of water. There is a $5 per vehicle Recreation Permit Fee for parking or use your Federal Lands Pass/local LCDO (Las Cruces District Office) pass. For more information, please contact Eileen Davis, 575-525-4306 or Daniella Barraza, 575-525-4487.
 

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Aug
27
7:00am 7:00am

Hike to Ranger Peak

Sunday, August 27, 2016, 7 AM
Sunday, September 24, 2016, 7 AM
Sunday, October 29, 2016, 7 AM
Sunday, November 26, 2016, 7 AM

Hike to the top of Ranger Peak. Learn about the geology and wildlife of our mountains. Purchase your ticket at the window and then meet at the end of the parking area. This is a 1-mile, strenuous, hike Participants must bring water, sun protection, sturdy shoes, and weather appropriate clothing. The Tramway can be found by following McKinley Ave. off Alabama St. to the end. Prices for events are $8 for adults (13 years and up) and $4 for children (4 – 12) or use your Texas State Park Pass. For more information call the park at 915 562-9899 or email Diana Moy (Diana.Moy@tpwd.texas.gov).

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Aug
27
6:30am 6:30am

Caminata para Los Madrugadores

Caminaremos siguiendo el sendero en la area “The Palisades” hasta el cuarto de piedra y regresaremos de este punto.  Es un camino moderado y dificil por la altitud, piedras y cactuses. Esta caminata no es apropiada para los ninos ni los perros. Nos encontraremos en 2000 E. Robinson (Robinson y Kingery). Traer agua, calzar botas o tenis con suelas apropiadas para caminar en la montana. Para mas informacion, contactar a Rosario Rivera, riveras234@hotmail.com.

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Aug
26
7:00pm 7:00pm

Who's Running around the Desert at Night

 Find out how desert organisms avoid typically high, frequently lethal, daytime temperatures by adapting to a nocturnal way of life. This field trip is easy walking but be sure to wear sturdy hiking shoes. Bring flashlights (preferably 1 white and 1 UV) and a camera. Meet at the gate of the Tom Mays Unit of the Franklin Mountains State Park. There is a $2 park fee or use your Park Pass.

For more information, contact Dr. Paul Hyder, 915-244-5322, phyder@zianet.com.

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Jun
30
7:15pm 7:15pm

A Special June Event: Bat Watch

Celebration of Our Mountains is offering this special June event because now is the best time to view bats. 

Walk to a nearby arroyo and watch bats emerge and take flight. Learn more about Texas bats from our Urban Biologist, Lois Balin. Meet at 3344 Eileen Dr. Wear sturdy footgear. For more information, contact Judy Ackerman, 915-755-7371 (home) or 703-622-0661 (cell), jpackerman53@gmail.com

The most common species in our region is the Brazilian free-tailed bat (Tadarida brasiliensis). Lois has a new bat detector so you may be able to identify other bat species.

 

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Apr
30
4:00pm 4:00pm

Introduction to the Rio Bosque Environment

The native ecosystems historically found in the river valley in the Paso del Norte region are largely gone today.  You can get a glimpse of what that biologically rich and diverse environment once was like by visiting Rio Bosque Wetlands Park.  Efforts to restore native ecosystems have been underway at Rio Bosque since 1997, and the changes since then have been dramatic.  Take a relaxed 2-mile hike and explore the park’s ecosystems, discuss the historic river valley environment, and look at the ways the landscape at Rio Bosque is continuing to change. Event leaders: Urban TPWD Wildlife Biologist for El Paso, Lois Balin who is currently conducting studies of the Burrowing Owls of the Bosque, 915-774-9603, lois.balin@tpwd.state.tx.us; and Program Coordinator in the Center for Environmental Resource Management at UTEP and the manager of Rio Bosque Wetlands Park, John Sproul. 915-747-8663, jsproul@utep.edu. From I-10 take Americas Avenue/Loop 375 south to Pan American, turn left and travel 1.5 miles to the bridge. Meet at the Bosque Trailhead and Visitor Center.

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Apr
30
8:00am 8:00am

Birding at the Rio Bosque Wetlands Park

With migration in full swing, late April-early May is a time of peak bird diversity at Rio Bosque Wetlands Park.  With water available to the park during spring and summer in recent years, habitat conditions for birds and other wildlife have become increasingly favorable.  Take this relaxed 2-mile hike and explore Rio Bosque’s birdlife and discuss the changes in avian use of the park over the past 20 years. Event leader: Program Coordinator in the Center for Environmental Resource Management at UTEP and the manager of Rio Bosque Wetlands Park. John Sproul who has been studying Rio Bosque’s birds since 1980. 915-747-8663, jsproul@utep.edu. From I-10 take Americas Avenue/Loop 375 south to Pan American, turn left and travel 1.5 miles to the bridge. Meet at the Bosque Trailhead and Visitor Center.

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Apr
29
7:00pm 7:00pm

Who's Running around the Desert at Night

Spend a couple of hours exploring the nocturnal goings-on of the local fauna. Bring flashlights (UV if you have them), cameras and curiosity. Meet at the gate of the Franklin Mountains State Park.  Event leader: Local science teacher and ecologist, Dr. Paul Hyder, who specializes in desert ecology. phyder@zianet.com.  Directions to Tom Mays Unit of the Franklin Mountains State Park and Park trail map. There will be a $2 charge for entering the Park - a reduction from $5 as a courtesy to Celebration of Our Mountains.

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Apr
9
2:00pm 2:00pm

Cacti and Other Desert Plants of the Franklin Mountains

Hike 1.3 miles along the Agave Loop in the Franklin Mountains State Park and learn about many of the cacti and other succulents of the Franklin Mountains. The trail is steep at some parts, but offers a splendid view. Event leader: EPCC Biologist and co-author of “Cacti of Texas in Their Natural Habitat, Gertrud Konings, Ph.D. Directions to Tom Mays Unit of the Franklin Mountains State Park and Park trail map. There will be a $2 charge for entering the Park - a reduction from $5 as a courtesy to Celebration of Our Mountains.

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Apr
9
10:00am10:00am

Yoga on the Rocks

Hike the Aztec Cave Trail in the Franklin Mountains State Park then enjoy all levels of yoga surrounded by our beautiful desert landscape. Bring yoga mats, water and wear hiking shoes. Your leaders will be Katrina Mark & Matt Morris from Hot Box Yoga which started Yoga on the Rocks in 2014. Directions to Tom Mays Unit of the Franklin Mountains State Park and Park trail map. There will be a $2 charge for entering the Park - a reduction from $5 as a courtesy to Celebration of Our Mountains.

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Apr
2
8:00am 8:00am

Giant Fossils of El Paso's Ocean on Scenic Drive

Take a 1.5 hours easy walking tour up the west-side of Scenic Drive and visit several of the largest marine fossils in the world. Learn about what El Paso was like in the distant past. The tour ends at Scenic Point with a general lecture about surrounding Geology. Meet at the intersection of Robinson Ave. and Scenic Drive. No limit to number of participants! Event leader: UTEP Paleontologist, Eric Kappus - ejkappus@miners.utep.edu

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Nov
20
3:00pm 3:00pm

Birds of the Rio Bosque Wetlands Park

Sunday, November 20, 2016, 3:00 PM
Birds of the Rio Bosque Wetlands Park

This wildlife refuge within El Paso’s city limits abounds with bird life: 244 different species have been recorded to date. By late November, extensive areas at the park should be flooded, and a nice mix of resident and migratory birds should be present. Bring water, sunscreen, insect repellent and binoculars. Meet at Riverside Canal bridge. From 1-10 take Americas Avenue/Loop 375 south to Pan American, turn left and travel 1.5 miles to the bridge. For more information, contact John Sproul, 915-7478663 or jsproul@utep.edu. 

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Nov
19
7:30am 7:30am

Water Relation in the Desert

How do desert organisms deal with a scarcity of one of the most important resources for living things? On this easy hike, we will look at how life contends with the limitations, and unpredictability, of water availability in a desert environment. We will also discuss how we might use some of these techniques in the way we use water on a daily basis. Meet at the Tom Mays Unit of the Franklin Mountains State Park. Take the first left (hairpin) after the Ranger’s booth.  There is a $2 park fee or use your Park Pass. For more information, contact Dr. Paul Hyder, 915-244-5322, phyder@zianet.com.

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