When searching for outings, don't overlook your local community organizations. They are a great way to find adventure on the cheap.
January 23, 10 AM. Interested in something more difficult than a hike? Friends of the Sandia Mountains are sponsoring the 8th Annual Sandia Mountain Snowshoe Race. A 5K/3.2 mile race that starts at the Sandia Crest House lower parking lot. Certainly a different way to get to know Sandia Mountain! Register by filling out the form . $35.00
Every Sunday, 7:30 AM. The Albuquerque Open Space Visitor Center has a Bosque Wild Guided Nature Walk. A 1.5 hour easy walk. You'll be led by biologist, naturalist, and birder, Elsa Bumstead. During the cold winter months, you even get some hot coffee and a snack provided by Sunflower Markets after the hike. Space is limited so make sure to register and get directions to the trailhead. 505-897-8831 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Free.
April 9 7:30PM; May 8 8PM; Jun 7 8pm The Rio Grande Center State Park offers an unusual Moon Walk. Under the light of the full moon explore the bosque and keep an eye out for owls, coyotes, and other night critters. Register by calling 505-344-7240 or email the Center. Free (admission to the park is $3 per vehicle for non-members)
I'll keep an eye out for other hikes/adventures as they come available.
Generally Rio Rancho Parks and Services offer hiking trips, but non are listed for the Spring yet.
The Open Space visitor center also offered a ton of different hikes in 2009 from May to September; from strenous to easy. As soon as I have more information on those, I'll get them to you. Especially since they were free.
I promise I'll keep my eyes open for new opportunities. In my next article, I'll bring you some hiking trips being offered by different companies. They are definitely not free, but they are interesting.
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