If it has been awhile since you visited one of New Mexico's national parks, autumn is a great time to enjoy these public land jewels. A variety of special events are coming up in August and …
If it has been awhile since you visited one of New Mexico's national parks, autumn is a great time to enjoy these public land jewels. A variety of special events are coming up in August and September.
Bandelier National Monument
The Alamo Fire has caused officials to close a portion of the monument's backcountry but the visitor center and main trails remain open.
Aug. 25 is the National Park Service Anniversary -- Founders Day at the monument -- the midsummer night series continues on Sept. 1 and 15 at 7:30 p.m. with stargazing guides and the Night Sky Fiesta will be celebrated Sept 27-28. Bus shuttles are available to the monument from the White Rock Visitors Center from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. through Oct. 16.
Find out more at nps.gov/band/index.htm.
Spanish Trail Festival
Aztec Ruins National Monument will host a special event Sept. 13-14 honoring the area's connections to the Old Spanish Trail, a crucial trading route between Santa Fe and Los Angeles.
At least one segment of the trail passed over the Animas near the present-day city of Aztec based on evidence found by archaeologists. This two-day event will feature demonstrators and presentations.
For information and maps, go to nps.gov/azru/index.htm.Chaco Astronomy Festival
Check out Chaco Culture National Historical Park's fourth annual Astronomy Festival Sept. 20-23, which will feature night sky viewing and various activities and presentations relating to Chaco's connections to our night skies. A new feature of this year's event will be a photo workshop with acclaimed National Park photographers Dawn and Brent Davis. This workshop will take place the evening of Sept. 21 and is limited to 10 participants.
For information on how to sign up for the workshop, contact Nathan Hatfield at (505) 786-7014. Learn more about the park at nps.gov/chcu/index.htm.
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