Stagecoach ride, bikepacking, La Gran Fiesta on the M2M schedule

Stagecoach ride, bikepacking, La Gran Fiesta on the M2M schedule

This year’s month-long Monuments to Main Street is just past the halfway point and has already provided hundreds the opportunity to explore our beautiful national monuments, raft the river, fly over our mountains, city, and World War II training sites, enjoy art, music, good food, history, and even practice yoga in the beautiful Organ Mountains. This coming week’s tours continue the excitement offering an array of new adventures.

On Saturday, Sept. 22, get ready to experience one of the most popular M2M tours, the Old West Stagecoach Ride, Show, and Barbecue Dinner. Your journey into the foothills of Picacho Peak will include a ride on a horse-drawn replica Butterfield stagecoach past “Hold-up Hill,” a delicious barbecue dinner, and some Old West entertainment from Six Gun and Shady Ladies. The event is $40 per person and reservations may be made at www.swexpeditions.com or by calling 1-877-808-6877.

For those yearning to visit unique places in and around the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument, on Sunday, Sept. 23, you can choose from a hike to the southern jewel of the Robledo Mountains, Picacho Peak, or take a Jeep ride to the beautiful and mysterious Tonuco Mountain.

Have you even wondered what it takes to go bikepacking — camping with your bike? Join a free trip into the Organ Mountains–Desert Peaks National Monument and find out. You’ll first attend an orientation on Sept. 19 and then the actual bikepacking trip Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 29 and 30. On Saturday, ride at a relaxed pace to Box Canyon, a 10-mile ride with two miles on dirt roads and trails. Box Canyon is on the historic Butterfield Stage Route and has multicolored cliffs and various volcanic formations. Once at camp, you’ll have the opportunity to hike, laugh, take pictures, eat, and make new friends. Following a night under the stars, the group will ride back to town and celebrate at High Desert Brewing Co. The trip is limited to 15 participants ages 11 and above. For information and to sign up, e-mail mason101us@yahoo.com.

Would you rather view our monuments from above? On Sunday, Sept. 23, Southwest Expeditions is offering a plane tour taking participants to the visually stunning Kilbourne Hole and exploring the history of the Apollo Space program here. Designated as a national natural landmark in 1974, Kilbourne Hole is a globally famous mile-wide volcanic maar crater thought to be 80,000 years old. This rare geologic wonder was used by the Apollo 12-17 missions to train astronauts for a lunar environment. Tickets are $90 per person and spaces may be reserved at www.swexpeditions.com or by calling 877-808-6877.

This Saturday, Sept. 22, is also National Public Lands Day, a fee-free day for all federal public lands and many state parks which has been celebrated annually since 1994. Whether you volunteer on NPLD, enjoy some hiking, biking, or camping, or simply learn more about your public lands and the plants and wildlife that live there, consider taking this day to enjoy the great outdoors and special landscapes of southern New Mexico. The Friends of the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks invite you to join them from 8 a.m. until noon working on the garden at the Dripping Springs Visitors Center and conducting general upkeep and maintenance of the areas surrounding the center. That afternoon and evening, attend a matanza with mariachi singing at the La Cueva picnic site from 4 to 8 p.m. Get more information at www.organmountainsdesertpeaks.org/events.

Also this weekend, take part in La Gran Fiesta, an entertainment-filled festival and fundraiser on the Las Cruces Plaza for CARE, Cancer Aid Resource and Education, Inc. La Gran Fiesta, the Big Event, will be held Friday and Saturday from 5 p.m. to midnight and Sunday from noon until 5 p.m. and will include a parade, kids booth, vendors, live music, folklorico dancers and games. The fiesta also includes the Lumbre Chile Eating Competition and the Roberto’s Enchilada Cook-Off Contest, which will include restaurants vying for the title of having the best-tasting enchilada. Ticket information and event details are online at https://carelascruces.org/name-the-big-event/.

Of course, that’s not all that’s happening in the next week during M2M. Check out the website, www.monuments2mainstreet.com, for complete details and to schedule your tour or hike.

Sept. 19

  • Bikepacking Box Canyon orientation, free

Sept. 21-23

  • La Gran Fiesta, prices vary

Sept. 22

  • National Public Lands Day, free
  • Yoga in the Monument, $5 per vehicle entry free
  • Slot Canyon Tour, free
  • Organ Mountains City to Sky Plane Tour, $90
  • Old West Stagecoach Ride, Dinner and Show, $40
  • NMSU Football vs. UTEP, prices vary

Sept. 23

  • Apollo Astronaut Training Site Plane Tour, $90
  • Horny Toad Hustle, free
  • Picacho Peak Hike, free
  • Dripping Springs Hike, $5 per vehicle entry fee
  • Monumental Jeep Tour, $85
  • Full Moon Hike at White Sands National Monument, park entry fee

Sept. 24

  • Full Moon Concert at White Sands National Monument, park entry fee

The original article can be found here https://www.lcsun-news.com/story/news/local/2018/09/16/stagecoach-ride-bikepacking-la-gran-fiesta-m-2-m-schedule/1329063002/