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Events Along The Turquoise Trail

The following list of events are occurring along The Turquoise Trail. Please use the contact information provided for each if you have additional questions.

If you would like to have your Turquoise Trail event included in the list below, please contact Patricia Brown by phone (505) 438-3008 or .

    Saturdays at the Johnsons

    Saturdays
    Check all events for Saturday performances: music, poetry, dance, talks, etc. in the galleries performance space, 1-3 pm. Our First Saturday Gallery Receptions for new exhibitions are 3-5pm.
    Johnsons of Madrid Gallery
    2843 Hwy 14 N
    Madrid, NM 87010
    (505) 471-1054

    Origami in the Garden

    April 27 - October 25, 2014
    Santa Fe Botanical Garden is pleased to present Origami in the Garden, a large-scale outdoor sculpture exhibition created by Santa Fe artist Kevin Box. Motivated by the impermanence of paper, Box pioneered a new method of capturing its delicate nature in the more permanent medium of metal, (utilizing lost wax casting and fabrication techniques.) Origami is the art of paper folding. A single blank page inspired each sculpture in the Origami in the Garden collection. All creations feature Box's own compositions as well as collaborations with internationally respected origami masters, such as Dr. Robert J. Lang.

    "What inspires me about origami is its simple metaphor for life. We all begin with a blank page, what we choose to do with it is what matters and the possibilities are endless." Kevin Box

    Sunday April 27, 2014 9:00am – 5:00pm. Opening Reception / Community Day. Free to NM residents and students with valid ID. Artist in Attendance - Exhibition concludes October 25, 2014 Parking available adjacent to the Garden.

    Santa Fe Botanical Garden at Museum Hill
    715 Camino Lejo
    Santa Fe, New Mexico 87505
    (505) 471-9103

    http://www.Santafebotanicalgarden.org







    “Old Main” Prison Tours

    First two Saturdays between May 3 - October 11, 2014
    Tours of the NMCD "Old Main" prison outside of Santa Fe on Hwy 14, are scheduled twice a month and continue through October. Information and tickets are available through their website.

    These tours allow NMCD staff to give an historical account of what is still one of the country's most violent and brutal prison riots and explain what it's like to work in a prison and the programs they have to help offenders change their lives. The focus of the facility center on this phrase, "Respecting our past to create a better future".

    There is currently a five year plan in place to revitalize the building in phases. Phase one includes beginning tours again, but this time charging visitors. The money earned from these tours will go back into the building to continue the revitalization project. We expect to have each tour better than the last and add new exhibits, features and sights as we move forward.

    http://corrections.state.nm.us/pio/old_main.html

    First Saturday East Mountain ARTScrawl events

    Every First Saturday June-September, 2014
    First Saturday ARTScrawl events June - September 10 am to 5 pm. East Mountain ARTScrawl is an extension of Albuquerque ARTScrawl. Featuring: Gallerie Imaginarium, Old Schoolhouse Gallery, Tinkertown. For details and openings at other times visit the website EastMountainARTScrawl.com.

    2nd Annual Cowboy Poet Festival

    Saturday, September 6, 2014
    2nd Annual Cowboy Poet Festival

    Tinkertown Museum
    Carla Ward
    121 Sandia Crest Road
    Sandia Park, NM 87047
    (505) 281-5233

    http://www.tinkertown.com


    Amigos de Cerrillos Hills State Park BBQ

    Saturday, September 6, 2014
    3PM The Amigos de Cerrillos Hills State Park sponsor a cook-out. Free and open to all. Donations encouraged & accepted.

    Cerrillos Hills State Park Visitor Center
    37 Main Street
    Cerrillos, NM 87010

    Hike to Placer Peak

    Saturday, September 6, 2014
    Ortiz Mountains Educational Preserve
    Hike to Placer Peak (4 miles)

    Saturday, September 6, 9am (meet at 8:45am), RESERVATIONS REQUIRED
    Cost is free to members and $5 per each non-member.

    Rating: Strenuous/technical
    Distance: 4 miles
    Duration: Full day
    Leader: Pierre Lorillard

    Placer Peak is the highest peak in the Ortiz Mountains at 8,897 feet. In contrast, the parking lot is at 7,440 feet. This is a spectacular 4 mile hike along a steep, technical trail. En route we stop to admire the views, and identify the plants and shrubs found at this elevation. We have lunch on the summit. The views from the top are outstanding. For safety, the group must stay together.

    Ortiz Mountain Educational Preserve
    http://www.santafebotanicalgarden.org/visit-us/ortiz-mountains-educational-preserve/

    Skid Trail Hike

    Sunday, September 7, 2014
    Skid Trail Hike
    Sunday, September 7, 2014

    Rating: Moderate
    Distance: 1.5 miles
    Duration: Half day
    Leader: Barbara Briggs

    We believe this to be a trail where large trees were skidded out in the winter to supply the saw mill in the town of Dolores in the mid 1800?s. Approximately 1.5 miles, the trail maintains a steady climb through a canyon leading to a small clearing, where we will take a break for a snack and water, before the descent back to the kiosk. Enjoy this beautiful hike through tall pinon and juniper forest. Allow a half day for this adventure.

    1pm to 4pm (meeting time 12:45 pm). RESERVATIONS REQUIRED
    Cost is free to members and $5 per each non-member.

    IF YOU DO NOT HAVE A RESERVATION, WE CANNOT ACCOMMODATE ADDITIONAL PEOPLE.

    Ortiz Mountains Educational Preserve
    All tour information and sign up/RSVP is via http://www.santafebotanicalgarden.org/visit-us/ortiz-mountains-educational-preserve/




    Black on White Pottery Production in the 11th & 21st Century

    Tuesday, September 9, 2014
    Presentation by Bob Casias on prehistoric clays, tools and organic materials used to produce pottery of the Ancient Puebloans of the 4 corners region. Join Friends of Tijeras Pueblo Archaeological Site at 6:30 pm for the presentation:

    Sandia Ranger District Visitor Center
    11776 Hwy 337
    Tijeras, NM 87059
    (505) 281-3304

    Lost Treasures

    Saturday, September 13, 2014
    2PM The story of New Mexico began with a treasure hunt - Coronado’s search for the golden cities of Cibola. Bob Julyan digs in to the stories of treasure hunting that continues to this day. Made possible by the generous support of the Amigos de Cerrillos Hills State Park. Refreshments, donations accepted.

    Cerrillos Hills State Park Visitor Center
    37 Main Street
    Cerrillos, NM 87010

    Star Party

    Friday, September 19, 2014
    7:30PM Explore the night sky above the park. See the green laser tour of bright stars and constellations followed by close-up views of star clusters, nebulae, and galaxies through telescopes. Please be prompt!

    Cerrillos Hills State Park
    1/2 mile north of Cerrillos on CR 59
    Cerrillos, NM 87010

    Cerrillos Hills State Park Fiesta events

    Saturday, September 20, 2014
    9AM-4PM Join us at the Visitor Center during this celebration of life in and around Cerrillos.
    10AM The Harrell House of Natural Oddities and Bug Museum presents a special program on local insects and tarantulas.

    Cerrillos Hills State Park Visitor Center
    37 Main Street
    Cerrillos, NM 87010

    Fiesta de Cerrillos

    Saturday, September 20, 2014
    Activities for all ages. Food & Beverages, Patriotic Moments, Live Music, Children's Activities, Arts & Crafts Booths, Classic and Vintage Car Show, Turquoise Trail Volunteer Fire Department, Cerrillos Hills State Park displays. Saturday from 9am-3:30pm.

    Sponsored by Cerrillos Community Church, St. Joseph Catholic Church and Las Candelas de los Cerrillos.

    Interested art & craft venders, please call Susan (505) 660-2348. http://www.cerrillosnewmexico.org

    Hike to Placer Peak

    Saturday, September 27, 2014
    Saturday, September 27, 7:45am required meeting time. REGISTRATION REQUIRED IN ADVANCE

    Ortiz Mountains Educational Preserve
    Cost is free to members and $5 per each non-member.

    IF YOU DO NOT HAVE A RESERVATION, WE CANNOT ACCOMMODATE ADDITIONAL PEOPLE.

    Rating: Strenuous/technical
    Distance: 8 miles
    Duration: Full day
    Leader: J.D. Doak

    Placer Peak is the highest peak in the Ortiz Mountains at 8,897 feet (2712 meters). In contrast, the starting point for this hike is 6,500 feet. This is a spectacular hike beginning and ending at the parking area located at the front gate. The first part of the hike is along the access road and then transitions to a steep, technical trail.

    En route, we stop to admire the views, and identify the plants and shrubs found at this elevation. We have lunch on the summit. The views from the top are outstanding. For safety, the group must stay together.

    Before signing up, please read all the general information regarding attending a hike or tour at the Ortiz Mountains Educational Preserve.
    *Note: This hike does not require 4×4 vehicles because we walk from the gate to the trailhead (2mi).


    Ortiz Mountains Educational Preserve
    http://www.santafebotanicalgarden.org/visit-us/ortiz-mountains-educational-preserve/

    Tarantulas

    Saturday, September 27, 2014
    3PM Spiders the size of doughnuts. Where are they going? What are they doing? Come find out on this creepy jaunt through the hills. $5 parking fee, exact cash or check payable at the fee station.

    Cerrillos Hills State Park
    1/2 mile north of Cerrillos on CR 59
    Cerrillos, NM 87010

    Madrid Chile Fiesta

    Oct 4&5 and 11&12, 2014
    Great live music, roasting of chiles with New Mexican food specials and theatrical events at the Mine Shaft Tavern and Engine House Theatre. Check website for event times. Oct. Weekdays during the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta. 10-6pm

    Hosted by the Mine Shaft Tavern
    (505) 473-0743
    http://www.TheMinesShaftTavern.com

    Madrid & Cerrillos Studio Tour

    First 2 weekends between October 3-13, 2014
    Held the first two weekends in October. Local artists working in a wide range of mediums offer an insider’s view of their studios and items for sale.

    Studio Tour Preview Party & Auction on Fri, Oct. 3, 7-9 pm at the Engine House Theatre in Madrid

    A studio tour map will be available of the approx. 30 participating artists living and working in the Madrid & Cerrillos area.
    Time: 10-5pm

    http://www.madridcerrillosstudiotour.com

    Geology Hike: Old Ortiz Mine to Placer Peak

    saturday, October 4, 2014
    Saturday, October 4, 9am to 2pm, please meet at 8:45am

    REGISTRATION REQUIRED IN ADVANCE.
    Ortiz Mountains Educational Preserve.
    Cost is free to members and $5 per each non-member.

    Visit our membership page for more information on how to join

    Rating: Strenuous
    Distance: 4 miles
    Duration: 5-6 hours
    Leader: Steve Maynard

    This hike will be almost entirely within the large intrusive mass of augite monzonite that forms the highest peaks of the Ortiz Mountains. The augite monzonite is a coarse-grained, equigranular rock that is poor in quartz, thereby qualifying it as an alkaline intrusive rock. Although this particular rock is not believed to be directly responsible for nearby gold mineralization, it is part of a group of rocks that are associated with gold deposits in the Ortiz Mountains.

    We will be able to see, describe, and generally pontificate about numerous significant geologic features of the Ortiz Mountains and north-central New Mexico from the upper slopes of Placer Peak and from its summit.

    About Steve Maynard:

    Steve Maynard has worked for 30+ years in mineral exploration, looking for precious and base metal deposits in the US, Mexico, Canada, Central and South America, and Turkey. During the period 1986-1990, he was employed by LAC Minerals, USA, Inc., making a geologic map of the Ortiz Mountain range.

    He also worked with the NM Bureau of Geology to complete geologic maps of the four USGS 7.5-minute topographic sheets that cover the Ortiz Mountains and the Cerrillos Hills. Detailed geologic information gathered during the 1980s was included in the compilation. Steve is presently working for a small Canadian exploration company with projects in Mexico. Steve is SFBG’s go to geology expert and a presenter at volunteer trainings.

    Ortiz Mountains Educational Preserve
    http://www.santafebotanicalgarden.org/visit-us/ortiz-mountains-educational-preserve/

    Hike to Placer Peak

    Sunday, October 12, 2014
    Sunday, October 12, 9am hike begins (8:45am meeting time). RESERVATIONS REQUIRED
    Ortiz Mountains Educational Preserve.

    Rating: Strenuous/technical
    Distance: 4 miles
    Duration: Full day
    Leader: Gregg Hoffman

    Placer Peak is the highest peak in the Ortiz Mountains at 8,897 feet. In contrast, the parking lot is at 7,440 feet. This is a spectacular 4 mile hike along a steep, technical trail. En route we stop to admire the views, and identify the plants and shrubs found at this elevation. We have lunch on the summit. The views from the top are outstanding. For safety, the group must stay together.


    Ortiz Mountains Educational Preserve
    http://www.santafebotanicalgarden.org/visit-us/ortiz-mountains-educational-preserve/

    Hike to Placer Peak

    Sunday, October 19, 2014
    Saturday, September 6, 2014
    Ortiz Mountains Educational Preserve
    Hike to Placer Peak (4 miles)

    Sunday, October 19, 9am (meet at 8:45am), RESERVATIONS REQUIRED
    Cost is free to members and $5 per each non-member.

    Rating: Strenuous/technical
    Distance: 4 miles
    Duration: Full day
    Leader: Pierre Lorillard

    Placer Peak is the highest peak in the Ortiz Mountains at 8,897 feet. In contrast, the parking lot is at 7,440 feet. This is a spectacular 4 mile hike along a steep, technical trail. En route we stop to admire the views, and identify the plants and shrubs found at this elevation. We have lunch on the summit. The views from the top are outstanding. For safety, the group must stay together.

    Ortiz Mountain Educational Preserve
    http://www.santafebotanicalgarden.org/visit-us/ortiz-mountains-educational-preserve/

    Hike to Placer Peak

    Saturday, October 26, 2014
    Saturday, October 26, 9am hike begins (8:45am meeting time). RESERVATIONS REQUIRED
    Ortiz Mountains Educational Preserve

    Rating: Strenuous/technical
    Distance: 4 miles
    Duration: Full day
    Leader: Robert Davis

    Placer Peak is the highest peak in the Ortiz Mountains at 8,897 feet. In contrast, the parking lot is at 7,440 feet. This is a spectacular 4 mile hike along a steep, technical trail. En route we stop to admire the views, and identify the plants and shrubs found at this elevation. We have lunch on the summit. The views from the top are outstanding. For safety, the group must stay together.

    Ortiz Mountain Educational Preserve
    http://www.santafebotanicalgarden.org/visit-us/ortiz-mountains-educational-preserve/

    Halloween Promenade and Costume Contest

    October 31, 2014
    The town of Madrid supports the annual Kids and Pets Halloween Promenade and Costume Contest. The parade starts at the Madrid Mercantile, the white 2-story building at the north end of town at 5:00 PM and ends at the Engine House Theatre with the costume contest and awards.

    http://www.visitmadridnm.com

    Madrid Community Garden Garlic Festival

    November 2, 2014
    Madrid Community Garden Garlic Festival

    http://www.visitmadridnm.com

    Turquoise Trail Studio Tour

    First two weekends in October 2015
    Take the Turquoise Trail National Scenic Byway through mountain communities for the annual Turquoise Trail Studio Tour along scenic Hwy 14.

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