Compiled by Arcenio J. Trujillo, The Taos News
Posted 9/22/17

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Cerro Chiflo hike

Teddy Lucero, a park ranger, will be guiding an early autumn hike Sept. 23.

The off-trail hike will take three to four hours. It will go from the southeast side of Cerro Chiflo with views of the entire Río Grande del Norte Monument at the top – which is a mixed-conifer woodland.

Geology and wildlife will be the major themes. Hikers should plan on at least six hours of hiking and should bring steady footwear, lunch, snacks and plenty of water.

Participants are asked to meet at the west side of John Dunn Bridge (access by County Road B-007 from State Road 522) at 8:30 a.m.

For more information, call the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Taos Field Office at (575) 758-8851.

Taos Tiger tennis fun

The Taos Tigers boys and girls tennis teams will be conducting a two-day fundraising tennis tournament for all interested adults wanting to compete in one more event before the winter.

The tournament will include a men’s doubles division, women’s double division and mixed doubles.

Men’s and women’s tournaments will take place Sept. 30 and mixed doubles will occur Oct. 1. This is a round-robin format that will offer players the chance to play against many different opponents.

The cost is $35 per person for each tourney and $65 for any player who enters their respective division and mixed doubles. Registration is ongoing until Sept. 28, and there is still space available.

The tournament will be held at Quail Ridge Taos. Prizes and lunch await entrants. For more information, contact coach Kurt Edelbrock at (575) 776-3447.

Teams sought for volleyball league

The Taos Pueblo Co-ed Volleyball League is open to intermediate and competitive players/teams from Taos and surrounding communities. Taos Pueblo and Taos County residents are welcome to participate.

The league is sponsored by the Taos Pueblo Fitness Program - Health & Community Services Division. Games will played at the Taos Pueblo Community Center (TPCC) gym on Sunday afternoons and Fridays evenings beginning Oct. 13.

Early bird team fees are $150 for a 10-member team until Oct. 13. Regular fees are $20 per player. Team registrations will be accepted until Oct. 4. A league meeting for captains and co-captains is scheduled for Oct. 11 at 6 p.m. at the TPCC gym.

Taos Pueblo Fitness Program is also contracting local referees to assist with league and tournament games/matches. Pay is $25 per match. Sign up with Taos Pueblo Fitness staff on or before Oct. 11.

For more information or to register a team, contact the Taos Pueblo Fitness Program at (575) 758-7824, ext. 123.

Ride the Rift

The Field Institute of Taos presents Ride the Rift, a free mountain bike event for all ages and all abilities Oct. 15.

The event will take place on the Bureau of Land Management's Rift Valley Trail System along the rim of the Río Grande Gorge with the start and finish line at the end of County Road 110 (past the golf course). Riding is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Ride flowy single- and double-track in rolling terrain among sagebrush, piñón and juniper.

There are three distances for all level of riders, including 12-mile (long course), 4.6-mile (short course) and miniature courses for kids.

There will be free burgers, ice cream and live music.

Register for free online and get all the details at

Fishing tournament

The fifth annual Enchanted Circle Trout Unlimited (ECTU) fishing tournament is slated for Oct. 21-22.

The two-day tourney will be limited to 10 teams of up to four people (including guide or unguided). Cost to enter is $1,200 per team and includes two days of guided fishing and an award ceremony with dinner and prizes.

Money generated from this tournament helps fund such projects as the Red River Habitat Project and brings awareness to local trout and river conservation issues. The Red River Habitat is a multiple-agency effort to restore degraded trout habitat in the Red River and bring economic development to the Questa area.

Visit for more information.

Fall biking

The Field Institute of Taos (FIT) is offering a fall after-school mountain bike session for intermediate and above riders ages 8-12.

There are six rides scheduled Mondays and Wednesdays through Sept. 27.

Riders will meet at Taos Youth and Family Center or FIT Base Camp (depending on where the rides happen). A van departs at 4 p.m. and returns at 6 p.m.

Space is limited. Bikes and helmets are available.

For more information or to register, visit or email

Self-defense classes

Defendu Academy is offering self-defense classes at its new gym location.

Fun for all ages and all levels, students can sharpen their minds while getting physically fit.

Defendu offers affordably priced kickboxing, jiu jitsu, yoga and a specialized kids program. Visitors to Taos can drop in for $20.

Defendu is located at 1335 Gusdorf Road, Suite T, Taos.

For more information, visit

Taos Youth Flight Rally

Area youth ages 8-17 will have a chance to take to the skies Sept. 23. Taos Aviation Services, local pilots, Taos Regional Airport, Town of Taos Community Events and Taos Visitor Center will host the ninth annual Taos Youth Flight Rally at the Taos Regional Airport.

Intended to create interest in aviation, free airplane rides will be given to 50 participants – selected at random – offering a chance to learn how airplanes work, how pilots ensure each flight is conducted in a safe manner and the possibilities that exist in the world of aviation.

Registration forms are required for all interested youth. Forms must have been completed and returned by Sept. 19. Applications will not be accepted without a completed registration.

A drawing will be held before the event, and selected participants will be scheduled to fly between 8:30 and 11:30 a.m.

All interested youths must be preregistered and accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. This event is dependent on the weather and pilot availability.

For more information, call Judy Esquibel at (575) 751-2037 or contact her via email at


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