Leasburg Dam State Park Events


Leasburg Dam State Park is in New Mexico off I-25 between Las Cruces and Hatch. Entrance fee for all events is $5/vehicle. You can purchase a New Mexico Parks Pass for $40 which is good for one year. All events are free with paid camping permit. For more info feel free to contact alex.mares@state.nm.us or 575-524-4068. $5 per car Day Use Fee required. FREE for paid overnight campers.

Go to www.nmparks.com for map and directions. For directions, including a map, visit http://www.emnrd.state.nm.us/SPD/leasburgdamstatepark.html 

MARCH 2019

 Onate the Spanish Conquerer - Neither Spanish nor Conquerer

Sat. March 2nd AND Sat. March 9th

10am- 12:30pm

Meet Park Ranger Alex Mares, at Leasburg Dam State Park Visitor Center and find out little known facts and history about the often glamourized, and often demonized, historical figure of Don Juan de Onate. Come ready to have common misinformation, myth and legend disproven and debunked. Also, hear a Native American perspective on the legacy concerning this "larger than life" New Mexican. This will be a 2mi hike of moderate difficulty. Bring at least 2qrts. of water per person, and good hiking shoes. There is a $5 per car Day Use Fee. Event is Free with paid camping permit.

Discover Camp Robledo

Sat. March 23rd

10am-12:30pm

Join us for a ranger led hike of the beautiful Camp Robledo restoration area and experience both the classic chihuahuan desert uplands and the riverine, riparian environments along the Rio Grande. Experience an environment most similar to what the Spanish explorers of over 300 years ago witnessed!See and feel the rare and unique geothermal springs and the aquatic plants and animals that are sustained by these waters.

Celebrate Spring Equinox at Leasburg Dam

Sat. March 30th

5pm-7pm

Come out and celebrate the end of winter and coming of warm days, bird migration, and turning back  "on " of the Rio Grande! Enjoy desert blooms of cacti and wildflowers along our trails and desert gardens. Join us for Native American song and dance, adobe oven baked Pueblo bread demonstration and tasting! Then, stick around for our monthly night sky program.

Dress warm and bring a folding chair.
$5 per car Day Use Fee required. FREE for paid overnight campers.

 

Night Skies of Leasburg Dam State Park

Sat. March 30th

7pm-9pm

Come out and discover the quality night sky of Leasburg Dam State Park. In addition to seeing the Milky Way, Orion and Casseiopia with your bare eyes, observe through telescopes various planets and nebulae. Look through our 16 inch research grade telescope within our observatory and ask questions of our volunteers from the Astronomical Society of Las Cruces. Dress warm and bring a folding chair.
$5 per car Day Use Fee required. FREE for paid overnight campers.

Monthly Bird ID Tour

Sat. March 30, 2019

8am to 10am

Meet volunteer guide CJ Goin at the Leasburg Dam State Park Visitor Center, for a 2mi. round trip walk along the Rio Grande and learn to identify resident and migratory bird species. A $5 per vehicle Day Use Fee is required upon entrance. Self pay stations located at park entrance and across from Visitor Center. Make sure to bring drinking water, hiking shoes and dress for the season.

APRIL 2019

Monthly Bird ID Tour

Sat. April 27, 2019

8am to 10am

Meet volunteer guide Jay Wilbur at the Leasburg Dam State Park Visitor Center, for a 2mi. round trip walk along the Rio Grande and learn to identify resident and migratory bird species. A $5 per vehicle Day Use Fee is required upon entrance. Self pay stations located at park entrance and across from Visitor Center. Make sure to bring drinking water, hiking shoes and dress for the season.

Music and the Stars

Sat. April 27, 2019

7pm-9pm

Come out and enjoy good folk, rock and country music with Tom Foster Morris. Afterwards, discover the quality night sky of Leasburg Dam State Park. In addition to seeing the Milky Way, Orion and Casseiopia with your bare eyes, observe through telescopes various planets and nebulae. Look through our 16 inch research grade telescope within our observatory and ask questions of our volunteers from the Astronomical Society of Las Cruces. Dress warm and bring a folding chair. $5 per car Day Use Fee required. FREE for paid overnight campers.

For more info contact :

Alex Mares - Park Ranger LE & Interpreter

Leasburg Dam State Park

New Mexico State Parks

575-524-4068

alex.mares@state.nm.us

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