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 information about the events listed below, please contact Alex Mares, Park Ranger LE and Interpreter at 575-524-4068 or alex.mares@state.nm.us. 

Last Saturday of every month (August through April) at 8 AM
Monthly 2-hour Bird ID Tours at Leasburg Dam State Park

Meet Volunteer Guide, CJ Goin, at Leasburg Dam State Park Visitor Center at 8 AM. Be prepared to take an easy to moderate hike and see and learn how to identify various bird species. Over 200 different bird species have been identified and recorded at Leasburg Dam State Park. Fall and Spring Migration are best times to see a wider range of birds. Due to the excellent birding, the National Audubon has designated the park as an IBA - Important Birding Area!

 
Saturday, August 12, 2017, 6:30 PM
Music & the Stars
 
Come out and enjoy live music from Tom Morris (Country & Western) recording artist from Las Cruces, NM with a beautiful desert Robledo Mountains backdrop. Immediately after the concert, enjoy the quality night sky and Perseid Meteor shower of Leasburg Dam State Park and look through several types of telescopes - including our observatory 16-inch research grade telescope. Several volunteer astronomers from the ASLC (Astronomy Society of Las Cruces) will be on hand to assist and answer questions. 

 
Saturday, September 16, 2017, 5:30 PM
Music & the Stars

 
Come out and enjoy live music from Alison Reynolds, folk recording artist from Las Cruces, NM with a beautiful desert Robledo Mountains backdrop. Immediately after the concert, enjoy the quality night sky of Leasburg Dam State Park and look through several types of telescopes - including our observatory 16-inch research grade telescope. Several volunteer astronomers from the ASLC (Astronomy Society of Las Cruces) will be on hand to assist and answer questions. 
 
 

Thursday, September 21, 2017, 7 AM
Gathering at the Gila – A Petroglyph Hiking Tour
(Petroglyph hiking tour) Silver City, New Mexico - Gila River Festival
 
Join Alex Mares Park Ranger, Anthropologist and Interpreter of Dine and Mexican ancestry, for a difficult hike into a side canyon of the Gila Lower Box Canyon. Learn about what and how prehistoric and historic peoples gathered along the Gila and why and how they gathered as well. See Apache petroglyphs from hundreds of years ago and hear and learn about some of the meaning and stories associated with them. Learn about the native plants and their native names and traditional uses.  This is an 8-hour event and does not count time to get to Silver City. The field trip is limited to 10 people and requires reservations. For reservations and information about where to meet, go to https://www.gilariverfestival.org.


Saturday, September 23, 2017, 10 AM
Discovering Leasburg Dam State Park
 
Please join Leasburg Dam State Park staff for a guided, moderate 2-miles hike and experience the diverse environments, wildlife and geothermal springs, fall weather and learn about the different Chihuahuan Desert Plants and peoples that have made this area their home over the centuries. This is a 2.5-hours field trip. 
 
 
Wednesdays, October 11 and 25, 2017, 10AM
Saturdays, October 14 and 28, 2017, 10 AM
A History of Nature and Man at Leasburg Dam State Park
 
Please join Leasburg Dam State Park staff for a guided, moderate 2mi hike and experience the diverse environments, wildlife and geothermal springs, fall weather and learn about the different Chihuahuan Desert Plants and peoples that have made this area their home over the centuries.  Bring water shoes if you wish to experience the hot springs. 
 
 
Saturday, October 14, 2017, 5 PM
Music & Stars
 
Come out and enjoy live music (TBA) with a beautiful desert Robledo Mountains backdrop.
Immediately after the concert, enjoy the quality night sky of Leasburg Dam State Park and look through several types of telescopes including our observatory 16-inch research grade telescope. Several volunteer astronomers from the ASLC (Astronomy Society of Las Cruces) will be on hand to assist and answer questions. 
 
 

Wednesdays, November 1, 8, 22, 2017, 10 AM
From Mammoths to Mescaleros - Celebrating Native American Month at Leasburg Dam State Park
 
Meet at Leasburg Dam State Park Visitor Center for a ranger guided tour of exhibits and a 2.5-miles hike, and learn about the Native American inhabitants of the area from the present to the Pleistocene! Bring at least 2 quarts of water per person, good hiking shoes. 
 
 
Saturday, November 11, 2017, 5PM
Night Sky Program at Leasburg Dam
 
Come out and enjoy a beautiful desert sunset with Robledo Mountains backdrop. Immediately after the program, enjoy the quality night sky of Leasburg Dam State Park and look through several types of telescopes including our observatory 16-inch research grade telescope. Several volunteer astronomers from the ASLC (Astronomy Society of Las Cruces) will be on hand to assist and answer questions. 

 
Which Came First the River or the Valley?
 
Saturday, November 25, 2017, 10 AM
Which Came First: The River or the Valley?
 
Join a ranger led hike at Leasburg Dam State Park and learn about the unique geology, hydrology and geothermal activity. Hike is moderate in difficulty, approximately a 2.5-miles roundtrip with an elevation gain/drop of about 200ft from campground down to the riverbed. Find out what the Rio Grande and the Mesilla Valley have in common with only 4 other river valleys in the world. Fall color change and foliage should peak early in month. 
 
 
Saturday, November 25, 2017, 5:30 PM5:30pm - 7:30pm
Coyote and the Moon: Traditional Dine, Apache and Pueblo Winter Stories
 
Come out to the El Paso Museum of Archaeology and sit around a warm campfire in the newly built gazebo and enjoy a warm beverage, while listening to Alex Mares (Dine/Mexican) recount traditional Coyote or Winter stories from Dine (Navajo) Nde (Apache) and Pueblo Peoples. These stories can only be told during the winter months and are usually told at night around a fire. Admission is FREE - but advance registration is preferred. Contact George Maloof, MaloofGO@elpasotexas.gov or Jeff Romney at (915) 755-4332 for more information or event details. The El Paso Museum of Archaeology is located at 4301 Transmountain Road, El Paso TX 79924.

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