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New Mexico True Dark Skies Trail

by The Schnoor Team

Did you know that New Mexico was one of the first states in the U.S. with a law that protects our night skies? Did you know that Travel & Leisure named New Mexico one of the world’s Top 10 stargazing spots? Are you ready to be an astrotourist? Come to the Land of Enchantment and experience an ancient and authentic adventure, where we celebrate our dark skies and relish the starlight. Our high elevations, low population densities, dry climate, clean air, and number of clear nights make for an excellent stargazing adventure.

New Mexico International Dark Sky Parks

New Mexico is home to Gold and Silver-Tier Dark Sky Parks, as certified by the

International Dark Sky Association.

Capulin Volcano National Monument

Little can rival the beauty of the night sky. As a Gold-Tier International Dark Sky Association (IDA) Park, Capulin Volcano boasts one of the best in New Mexico. Park staff work hard to maintain this designation and invite the public to enjoy it year-round through public programming and personal observation at its soon-to-be constructed Night Sky Observation station. If you don’t have your own equipment or you’re hoping for a guided adventure, join us for a ‘Star Party.’ Star Parties are held April through September at the base of the Volcano and occasionally on the Volcano Rim. Interpretive park rangers give brief talks about the night sky and any astronomical events underway. All equipment needed is provided by the park. Information about Star Parties and other events can be found on its website: Capulin Volcano National Monument.

Clayton Lake State Park

Designated as New Mexico’s first dark sky park in 2010, Clayton Lake State Park is a Gold level International Dark Sky Park and has its own 14-inch Mead telescope. The night skies feature very little light pollution, and star-gazing events are hosted every month of the year during the week of the new moon for the general public. Clayton Lake State Park is located north of Clayton, New Mexico and is known for its wide open skies, fishing derbies, and dinosaur tracks. The State Park has a visitor center with information on dinosaurs as well as the geology of the region. While waiting for the stars to come out at night, be sure to check out the dinosaur tracks near the lake spillway, including some of the most well-preserved trail drags anywhere in the U.S.! Visit their website:  Clayton Lake State Park.

Chaco Culture National Historical Park

In 2013, Chaco Culture National Historical Park was designated an International Dark Sky Park by the International Dark Sky Association, further enhancing the canyon’s place as a location where deep sky viewing is available. During the summer months the observatory is open to the public Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday evenings. Visitors gather on those nights to attend a lecture usually on the astronomical practices of the ancient Puebloans and how their observations informed their daily lives. The observatory’s several scopes are then turned skyward to view what has made Chaco a haven for amateur astronomers and anyone who wants to connect to this celestial cultural resource. Visit their website: Chaco Culture National Historical Park.

Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument

Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument protects four of the best-preserved 17th century Spanish mission churches in the continental United States of America. The Salinas basin formed ancient salt beds from which the monument derives its name and drew early inhabitants. Modern visitors value the largely unchanged cultural landscape, which also includes structures and infrastructure, vegetation, view sheds, and pristine night skies and natural sounds.

The Monument is located in the Estancia basin, which is a bowl flanked by mountains and mesas. The Manzano Mountains to the west block much of the light pollution and sky glow generated from Albuquerque and development along the I-25 corridor. Although conditions at all three units of the park are impressive, Gran Quivira offers nearly unobstructed views in all directions — including that of mountain ranges up to 100 miles away. Visit their website: Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument.

Cosmic Campground

This peaceful, starry, quiet place was the first International Dark Sky Sanctuary in the Northern Hemisphere. The Cosmic Campground International Dark Sky Sanctuary is easily accessible from U.S. Highway 180 between Alma and Reserve. A tall, brown Forest Service Cosmic Campground sign sits halfway between mile marker 37 and 38. Across U.S. Highway 180, an orange cattle guard begins the 1.3-mile, hard-surface road to the Cosmic Campground. Arrive in daylight for a 360-degree view of the setting sun. As darkness falls, planets and stars emerge. Complete darkness finds the Milky Way crowning the mountains of the Gila Wilderness, as well as the faint glow of distant galaxies and zodiacal light. Cosmic Campground has a hard-surface observing area with four pads for telescopes, no artificial light for nearly 25 miles in any direction, and an exceptionally dark sky. Visit their website: Cosmic Campground.

Source: "New Mexico True Dark Skies Trail"

Deal Daze

by The Schnoor Team

When: February 18
Presented By: Red River Ski & Summer Area
Recurrence: Recurring every 3 days
Location: Red River Ski & Summer Area
Address: 400 Pioneer Road, Red River, 87558
Phone: (575) 754-2223
Time: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Price: Tickets reduced by 20%

 

We're a big mountain hug, located in the Southern Rockies, just north of Taos, smack dab in the middle of the town of Red River, New Mexico. We are a warm and friendly escape where you will always feel like part of our family. We offer winter & summer fun for everyone. We're THAT place your family raves about. At Red River Ski & Summer Area the attitude is laid back, the people are friendly. With an average of 18 feet of snow each winter and 75-degree average temperatures in the summer, conditions are great! Red River Ski & Summer Area is located at the top of the Enchanted Circle in Northern New Mexico. Making families smile since 1959, it is a full service ski & snowboard area with lessons, rentals, and lift tickets, all conveniently located in town. Some of our exciting activities include: skiing, snowboarding, winter tubing, Snow Coach Dinner Tours, torch light parades & fireworks every Saturday during ski season, Scenic Summer Chairlift Rides, Summer Mountain Tubing, 18 hole mountain top disc golf, Hidden Treasure Aerial Park, mountain biking, hiking, and fishing. Reservations and inquiries: 575-754-2223 Email: skierservices@redriverskiarea.com Physical address: 400 Pioneer Road Red River, New Mexico 87558

Source: "Deal Daze"

New Mexico River Adventures

by The Schnoor Team

Whitewater Rafting, Kayaking, Stand Up Paddle boarding...Do it all! New Mexico River Adventures specializes in the highest quality outdoor adventures available in New Mexico including whitewater river rafting, kayaking, and Stand Up Paddle boarding Come experience the best professional guiding, service and instruction on the Rio Grande and Rio Chama. Adventure, fun, and fantastic food, too! New Mexico River Adventures' Guides are fun, informative and well equipped with an immense amount of experience on the rivers of Northern New Mexico and around the world. Enjoy a trip with these experienced, fun guides who really know each river's history, geography, and unique plant and animal life, as well as being great cooks! Visit our Brand New River Headquarters! At New Mexico River Adventures we believe that your trip starts the minute you arrive at our headquarters. Upon arriving, our guests will appreciate the welcoming atmosphere as well as the private and secure parking. Don't worry if you forgot any items for your trip as our outfitters store provides easy access to any items you might need. After checking in and meeting your guides, you will enjoy our private changing rooms and restrooms before it's off to the river. After the trip, our headquarters is the perfect atmosphere to relax and chat with the guides and other guests as you view the whitewater photos from your trip. You can choose from single-day excursions, multi-day adventures, or customize your own trip!


Source: "New Mexico River Adventures"


Explore your backyard: Family Fun!

by The Schnoor Team

When you plan your trip to New Mexico, you can count on plenty of adventures for the entire family.

You can choose to paddle along a picturesque lake or to negotiate the white waters of a rushing river. Take a ride through the Old West on a historic train. Go camping and get away from it all. Encounter the unknown. Maybe a long afternoon exploring the shops in Santa Fe is more your speed. Or the thrills of the Albuquerque adventure parks. No matter how many years young you might be, New Mexico is all about family fun.

Source: "Explore your backyard: Family Fun!"

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