Category: NM Outdoor News


Wildlife species including bears, skunks and raccoons that normally are inactive during the winter months are on the move, and some of them already are making mischief among people’s trash and pets. The Department already has received five bear complaints this spring and expects many more as drought conditions persist. There also have been two confirmed cases of rabies – a raccoon in Raton and a fox in Socorro County – reminding pet owners to be sure their animals’ vaccinations are up to date.

Homeowners and campers who are in bear country are reminded to secure garbage and pet food to avoid attracting wild animals. Pets outdoors should be on leashes at all times, and as always, everyone in the outdoors is advised never to approach wild animals, especially those that appear to be sick or dead.

Read More

New RV Resort at Elephant Butte Lake

Elephant Butte RV ResortYou’ll find the RV Resort just a quarter of a mile from the entrance to Elephant Butte Lake State Park, which contains the largest lake in New Mexico. The Resort is the perfect staging location for planning activities and outings for Spaceport America Tours, Bosque Del Apache Bird Refuge and Ghost Towns.

We have discounts on the daily rates and some weekly and monthly sites have been reduced for the winter.

The Resort has a friendly home like atmosphere. With all the amenities, places of interest to visit and the lake, it’s the perfect place to spend a few days, your vacation, or your life.

Elephant Butte Lake RV Resort (EBLRVR) offers 140 full hook-up sites with big rig, level sites up to 70 feet. 20, 30 and 50 amp service is available. They have daily, weekly or monthly rates, cable TV, covered patio with picnic tables and BBQ grills by the lounges. Elephant Butte Lake RV Resort offers free Wi-Fi.

Elephant Butte RV ResortElephant Butte Lake offers 35,000 surface acres of water available for public use. Elephant Butte Lake has three marinas and Caballo Lake has one marina. Boat rentals of all kinds, such as houseboats, jet skiis, and ski-boats are available at the marinas.

Just minutes from Elephant Butte Lake RV Resort you’ll find: Historic Villages, Hot Mineral Baths, Geronimo springs Museum, Veterans’ Memorial Park & Museum, Pioneer Store Museum and Spaceport America.

Elephant Butte Lake has excellent fishing. Fish for Stripers and other types of Bass, Walleye, Blue Catfish, Sunfish, Bluegill, Crappie and Trout.

You may enjoy exciting water sports: Sailing, Boating, Windsurfing, jet-skiing, Waterskiing, Canoeing, and Swimming.

The New Mexico Spaceport Authority is pleased to offer public tours of Spaceport America. Sun Tours, Inc. provides a three hour journey to the Spaceport. Tours are on Friday, Saturday and Sundays at 9:00am and 1:00pm. Sunday Tour is at 9:00am only. A pick up point is our sister property, Elephant Butte Inn & Spa, across the street from the Resort.

Elephant Butte RV ResortOther local activities include:

  • Hiking and biking
  • Bird watching
  • Tennis
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • ATV Trails
  • Ghost towns
  • Gold panning
  • Abandoned cavalry forts
  • Art galleries
  • Indian petroglyphs
  • Boating

The unusual Combination of mild winters, moderate summers and low year-round humidity makes Elephant Butte an ideal place to be. The area experiences four mild seasons and has endless amounts of sunshine!

Read More

New Mexico native returns after 60-year absence

TAOS – A native New Mexican once found in streams and rivers throughout the state has returned home after a 60-year absence. Five river otters were released today in the waters of the Rio Pueblo De Taos on Taos Pueblo.

The wild otters were trapped and transported from Washington by USDA Wildlife Services and Taos Pueblo as part of a larger otter reintroduction program organized by Taos Pueblo, The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, and the New Mexico Friends of River Otters, a coalition of citizens, agencies and conservation organizations dedicated to restoring otters to the state.

“Protecting and restoring native wildlife is important to the heritage and ecology of New Mexico, and one of the main roles of the Department of Game and Fish,” Department Director Bruce Thompson said. “Today’s release is a positive first step in an effort to return otters to watersheds across the state.”

River otters are highly social, playful, semi-aquatic members of the weasel family. They are believed to have once inhabited the Gila, upper and middle Rio Grande, Mora, San Juan and Canadian river systems and occasionally were mentioned in the journals of early settlers.

There have been no confirmed sightings of river otters in the state since 1953. Decades of trapping and habitat loss are believed to be two factors in their disappearance. Current regulations require trappers to release any otters caught in traps.

“We are so thrilled to see this species back in New Mexico,” said Linda Rundell, state director for the Bureau of Land Management. “We’re working with partners throughout the state to restore watersheds and wildlife habitat; the icing on the cake comes when we can restore species like the river otter to their rightful place in New Mexico.”

Twenty states, including Arizona, Colorado and Utah have successfully reintroduced river otters. River otters and other predators play important roles in keeping communities of native species robust and diverse.

“We are extremely excited that Taos Pueblo has taken the initiative to ensure that our playful furbearing friends are once again diving and swimming in the Upper Rio Grande Watershed,” said Melissa Savage with the New Mexico Friends of River Otters.

In 2006, the State Game Commission directed the Department of Game and Fish to initiate efforts to restore otters to state waters. A Department study identified several rivers as suitable restoration sites, including the Upper Rio Grande, White Rock Canyon and Middle Rio Chama in the Rio Grande Basin; and the Upper Gila, Lower Gila and Lower San Francisco rivers in the Gila River Basin.  A second, larger release is scheduled on the main stem of the Upper Rio Grande in November.

The New Mexico Friends of River Otters, a coalition of government agencies and conservation organizations, plans to release additional otters. Members include Amigos Bravos, Earth Friends Wild Species Fund, Center for Biological Diversity, Defenders of Wildlife, Four Corners Institute, New Mexico Wildlife Federation, Rio Grande Chapter of the Sierra Club, Upper Gila Watershed Alliance and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management.

Read More


TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES — The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish will conduct a public meeting Nov. 13 in Truth or Consequences to discuss the history, status and future of desert bighorn sheep recovery efforts in New Mexico.
The meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 13 at the City Commission Chambers in the Civic Center Complex, 405 W. Third, in T or C. 

Desert bighorns were placed on the New Mexico endangered species list in 1980, and by 2001 there were fewer than 170 bighorns in herds statewide. Transplants, cougar control and monitoring helped increase the population to more than 400 this year, prompting a proposal to downlist the bighorns’ status from endangered to threatened.

The first bighorn sightings in the Caballo Mountains were in 2003 when sheep apparently migrated south from the Fra Cristobal Mountains east of Elephant Butte Lake. A 2008 survey counted 24 bighorns in the Caballos, but the survey covered only part of the mountains, so there could be more.

To further efforts to eventually delist the species, the Department is considering options to augment the existing Caballo bighorn herd with future transplants. Department biologists will be available at the meeting to discuss the possibility and how it may benefit surrounding communities.

For more information about desert bighorns in New Mexico, please visit the Department website, and click on the conservation tab. Information also is available by calling Bighorn Sheep Biologist Elise Goldstein, (505) 476-8041.

Read More


LOS OJOS, N.M. — Snagging season for kokanee salmon opens at 12:01 a.m. Nov. 14 at Heron Lake, Willow Creek and the Pine River above Navajo Lake. The Department published conflicting opening dates in the 2008-2009 Fishing Rules & Information Booklet. According to state fishing rules, the opening date always is the second Friday in November.

Kokanee snagging season opened Oct. 1 at Navajo Lake, Abiquiu Lake, El Vado Lake, Eagle Nest Lake and the Chama River from El Vado Lake to the west boundary of the Rio Chama Wildlife and Fishing Area. The season ends Dec. 31 in all waters statewide. The bag limit is 12 salmon per day, 24 in possession.

Some waters open later than others for kokanee snagging to give fisheries crews time to harvest and fertilize eggs that will be hatched and raised for future stockings. Kokanee are land-locked sockeye salmon that thrive in New Mexico’s cool lakes. In late fall, mature 4-year-old kokanee form giant schools, spawn and then die.

Because the fish do not feed during the spawn, snagging is allowed to harvest them. Anglers are reminded that only kokanee may be taken by snagging. Any other species caught by snagging must be immediately returned to the water.

Read More


The trout were taken from a hatchery raceway and then stocked in the Blue Hole, a deep, spring-fed lake popular with scuba divers but fatal to fish because of its low oxygen content. All of the trout were found dead Friday morning. The Blue Hole has an oxygen content of 1.1 parts per million. Rainbow trout need at least 6 parts per million to survive.

Anyone with information about the incident is urged to call Operation Game Thief toll-free, (800) 432-4263. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward if information leads to charges being filed.

Read More


SANTA FE — The State Game Commission will consider opening a second round of public comments on the 2008 Biennial Review, which includes recommendations to downlist desert bighorn sheep from endangered to threatened, and to uplist the gray redhorse sucker from threatened to endangered on the state threatened and endangered species list.

The first round of comments was March-June, 2008. The proposed second round of public comments, a requirement under the Wildlife Conservation Act, would be Aug. 21 through Sept. 4.

Copies of the recommendations are available at the Department of Game and Fish website, Copies also can be obtained by contacting Renae Held, (505) 476-8101,, P.O. Box 25112, Santa Fe, NM 87504.

The State Game Commission will meet from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 21 at the State Bar of New Mexico building, 5121 Masthead NE, in Albuquerque.


LAS CRUCES — The Department of Game and Fish will discuss development of a recovery plan for the blue sucker and the gray redhorse, fish species native to the Pecos River drainage and the Rio Grande near the Texas-New Mexico border, at a public meeting Aug. 14 in Las Cruces.

The meeting will be at 6 p.m. at the Department of Game and Fish office, 2715 Northrise Drive, in Las Cruces.

The blue sucker (Cycleptus elongates) is listed as endangered and the gray redhorse (Moxostoma congestum) as threatened in New Mexico. Blue suckers typically inhabit swift deep areas in larger rivers and can attain lengths over two feet. Gray redhorse suckers are smaller, up to 1½ feet in length, and are found in deep, slow water, including impoundments. Recent toxic outbreaks of golden algae have drastically reduced or eliminated populations of blue sucker and gray redhorse in the Pecos River. A long-term life history study of the species is available on the Department website, 

The Wildlife Conservation Act requires a recovery plan for restoration and maintenance of each state-listed species in New Mexico. At the meeting, the Department also will recruit members of an advisory committee to assist in development of the plan.

More information about the blue sucker and the gray redhorse and the recovery plan is available from Stephanie Carman, Department of Game and Fish, P.O. Box 25112, Santa Fe, NM 87504; (505) 476-8128, or

If you are an individual with a disability who is in need of a reader, amplifier, qualified sign language interpreter, or any other form of auxiliary aid or service to attend or participate in the hearing or meeting, please contact Shirley Baker at (505) 476-8030, at least 3 working days before the set meeting date. Public documents, including the agenda and minutes can be provided in various accessible forms. Please contact Baker if a summary or other type of accessible form is needed.

Read More


SANTA FE — Fall is one of the best times of the year to watch wildlife, and the Department of Game and Fish is again offering special guided tours in elk and wolf country through the Gaining Access into Nature program.

Applications are being accepted for a Sept. 27 tour to experience bugling elk on the Sargent Wildlife Area near Chama, and Oct. 17, 18 and 19 tours focusing on radio-tracking Mexican wolves in the Gila National Forest. Department of Game and Fish personnel will be guides on all tours.

Tour applications only can be found online at  Application fees are $8. Successful applicants will be charged $74 for a tour. Application deadlines are Sept. 19 for the elk tour, and Oct. 3 for the wolf tours.

For more information about GAIN or how to apply, please contact Clint Henson, (575) 445-2311 or

Read More


TAOS — Wild river otters will be swimming and playing in the Rio Grande for the first time in decades next week when Pueblo de Taos, USDA Wildlife Services and the Department of Game and Fish release five otters imported from Washington State.

The adult otters will be released in the Rio Grande Box on Pueblo de Taos land. USDA Wildlife Services planned to deliver the otters to the Pueblo on Sunday. The Department of Game and Fish will allow the animals into the state after reviewing the required health certifications.

Darren Bruning, a Wildlife Services biologist, and Jim Stuart, Department of Game and Fish mammalogist, said the otters will be held in a confinement area for a few days before they are released. 

The release will be the first of several planned by the Department and a diverse group of conservation  partners, including Taos Pueblo, USDA Wildlife Services, U.S. Bureau of Land Management, New Mexico Friends of River Otters, the Department of Game and Fish, and others.

In August 2006, the State Game Commission directed the Department of Game and Fish to proceed with plans to reintroduce river otters to sections of the upper Rio Grande and the upper Gila River. There have been no confirmed sightings of native river otters in the state since the 1950s, but recent reports indicate some otters have migrated to Navajo Lake from Colorado, where they were reintroduced in the 1980s.

The Commission action followed a feasibility study that indicated otter reintroduction efforts could be successful in state waters that formerly were in the otters’ historic range. The study was the result of research by and collaboration with a diverse group of government agencies, the New Mexico River Otter Working Group and members of the public.

Read More

An excerpt from the article reads: “The price of propane, which closely tracks the price of crude oil, also is down this heating season, falling from $2.69 per gallon to $2.24 per gallon in the last three weeks,
according to Jose Garcia, one of the managers of AAA Gas Service, a propane company.”

I have been curious why propane hasn’t gone down much in Angel Fire. I telephoned a propane provider in Las Vegas NM and their price is $1.99, but they don’t service Angel Fire. So if propane is $2.24 in Santa Fe and $1.99 in Las Vegas, why is propane in Angel Fire $2.44 – $2.99?

A couple months ago, there was a man in Taos who would daily stand at the corner of Hwy 585 & 68 with a sign ‘Gas in Santa Fe is $2.49. This is when gas in Taos was over $3.00. The Taos stations rather quickly lowered their gas prices. I wonder if something similar would bring propane prices down in Angel Fire, or what it would take to get local propane providers to give us a little relief.

Struggling resident

Read More

What is a Blog?
Merriam-Webster defines Blog as, a noun short for Weblog: a website that contains an online personal journal with reflections, comments and often hyperlinks provided by the writer. A blog is without a doubt, Instant Publishing! A weblog, or blog for short, is essentially your online journal, and blogging means that you are writing or updating your weblog with information about your business niche, topic or theme. When someone visits your blog, they will see your most recently published article first, with the older ones listed below in descending chronoligical order.

Prior to full-blown Blog software, the options for interactive communication via the Internet were narrow and problematical. First was e-mail. Instant messaging, followed by Chatrooms solved some of the problems. Chatrooms enabled people of similar interests to come together to read and relate to each other’s posted messages. The Blog, however, has many advantages over these formats, while retaining some useful core aspects of them all.

Advantages of a Blog on your Web Site

What bloggers have yet failed to achieve, is clearly communicate and explain the power these tools offer to the non-technical person. Blogs can cater to niche audiences, and your Custom Blog will be Category specific, and relevant or tailored to your business.

Read More
New Mexico Outdoor Sports

Latest NM Cassified Ads

Santa Fe NM Weather

January 30, 2023, 5:22 am
real feel: 29°F
current pressure: 30 in
humidity: 47%
wind speed: 2 mph ESE
wind gusts: 7 mph
UV-Index: 0
sunrise: 7:05 am
sunset: 5:28 pm
Forecast January 30, 2023
Intermittent clouds
Intermittent clouds
wind speed: 9 mph SSW
wind gusts: 16 mph
max. UV-Index: 4
Forecast January 31, 2023
Mostly sunny
Mostly sunny
wind speed: 9 mph S
wind gusts: 16 mph
max. UV-Index: 4
Forecast February 1, 2023
Intermittent clouds
Intermittent clouds
wind speed: 9 mph NNW
wind gusts: 18 mph
max. UV-Index: 4