BLM-guided Hikes and Events in June

June 2019. As many of you know, John Bailey has retired from his position of monument manager at the BLM. I have agreed to take on the job of putting out the RGDNNM Newsletter. The summer seems to be getting off to a ‘cool’ start weather-wise… And do we have a lot of cool stuff going on in the monument this month. We hope that you have the opportunity to take in some of the wonderful hikes that the Rio Grande Gorge Visitor Center is offering and come up to Wild Rivers for some interesting campfire talks.
Tim Long, park ranger
BLM Wild Rivers

Sunday, June 2, 9:00am
2 hours
Petaca Point Trail Guided Hike
Meet at the trailhead on NM567 at 9:00 am, above Tao Junction Bridge, for this easy 2.5 mile round trip hike along the west rim of the Rio Grande Gorge. Panoramic views and wonderful archeology! Led by Park Ranger Randy Roch.

Sunday, June 2, 12:30pm – come early stay late!
Celebration of the Ute and San Antonio Wilderness Designations
Wild Rivers Visitor Center
Join the Rio Grande del Norte Coalition to celebrate the newest wilderness areas and the retirement of former Rio Grande del Norte National Monument Manager, John Bailey. There will be a complimentary enchilada/posole lunch provided as well as raptors, fun activities. Come to the Visitor Center at Wild Rivers in Cerro, NM ready to eat some good food and have some fun!

Saturday, June 8, 9:00am
2 hours
La Vista Verde Guided Hike
Meet at the trailhead on NM567 at 9 AM, just above Taos unction Bridge for this easy 2.5 mile round trip hike. Sensational views and petroglyphs on our most popular trail, led by park ranger Bryan Marquardt

Saturday, June 8, 7:00pm
2 hours
Second Saturday Lecture Series
Wild Rivers Amphitheater, Cerro, NM
Cuentos y Historias de Questa, A Glimpse Into the Past by Flavio Cisneros. Flavio is one of Questa’s unofficial historians. Born and raised in Questa, he has not only studied and taught the history of this area, he has lived it as well. We look forward to Flavio’s stories and a historic overview of Questa.

Saturday, June 15, 7:00pm
2 hours
Third Saturday Lecture Series
Wild Rivers Amphitheater, Cerro, NM
Magic of the Monarch Butterfly by Marielle Gomez. Ninth grader, Marielle Gomez of Taos Pueblo, will talk about her award-winning studies on Monarch Butterflies. There have been yearly monarch counts and markings in the Wild Rivers area, which Marielle has helped organize. We are honored to have the voice of our local youth to kick-off this lecture series.

Sunday, June 16, 9:00am
2 hours
La Senda del Medio Guided Hike
Meet at the trailhead on NM 570 at Pilar Campground. Offering wonderful views, wildflowers and possible wildlife sightings! Led by park ranger Tom Adams.

Saturday, June 22, 9:00am
2 hours
Picuris/Slide Trail Cut-Off Loop Guided Hike
Meet at the trailhead at Taos Junction Bridge on NM 570 for this moderate 2-mile round trip hike in the lower gorge. Beautiful views, dynamic history and extraordinary geology highlight one of our newest trails. Led by park ranger Bryan Marquardt.

Sunday, June 30, 9:00am
2 hours
Miner’s Trail Guided Hike
Meet at the John Dunn Bridge at 9:00am where we will car pool up to the trailhead for this moderately difficult hike.

Friday & Saturday, June 28 & 29, 7:30pm
2 hours
Q-town Drama presents: Be Careful What You Wish For!!
Wild Rivers Amphitheater
Questa’s student community theater group acts out a series of fireside Folktales. There WILL be s’mores!

Bring a snack, hat, sunscreen, 2 liters of water and sturdy hiking shoes

For More Information Contact:
Wild Rivers Visitor Center, 575-586-1150
Rio Grande Gorge Visitor Center, 575-751-4899
Taos Field Office,575-758-8851

Download a Visitors Guide to the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument, published in 2015 by MARKETAOS, in collaboration with Taos BLM. It includes a helpful map of the entire monument area, over 300,000 acres. Or purchase a copy for $2 at Taos Visitor Center or Rio Grande Gorge Visitor Center in Pilar.


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