Things to Do Late Summer & Fall 2018

The festival of cranes in San Antonio below Socorro begins in late October

The Enchanted Skies Star Party


Virtually in our backyard, begins October 20th. Yes, John will have a computer-directed telescope for viewing the night sky from the comfort of our back patio, warmed by a chiminea.

The Enchanted Skies Star Party is truly a wonderful diverse event. This unique southwestern astronomy event is sure to please with days and nights filled with many activities.  Each evening enjoy true happiness under the starry skies. 

To register go to

The VLA (Very Large Array)


Just 30 minutes away, is a 'must see':

Perseid Meteor Shower


As earth moves through the dust and debris trail of Comet Swift-Tuttle between August 10-12 the summer night sky’s most spectacular show is the Perseid meteor shower. Magdalena is one of the ‘blackest’ places in the USA, with minimal light pollution, and cloud-free skies, affording a spectacular view of this phenomenon.

Local Native American Feast Days


Isleta Pueblo San Augustine Feast Day. September 4th, 2018. 

Native American feast days allow tribal members to come together in celebration of their language, culture and religion. The communities celebrating feast days are open to the public, and members of the tribe will prepare a variety of bountiful meals to share with guests.

Visitors are often fascinated to see that pueblo life is a window into another world. Not relegated to history books or museums, this is a living culture that carries on the centuries-old traditions of ancestors. Information: 505-869-3111

Laguna Pueblo: Saint Joseph's Annual Feast Day. September 7th, 2018.

Buffalo, Eagle and Social dances. For information: 505-552-6654.


Laguna Pueblo: Saint Elizabeth's Feast Day. September 25th, 2018. 

Harvest and Social dances at Village of Paguate. For information: 505-552-6654.

Outdoor Actvities

Box Canyon climbing


Datil rock climbing

River Rafting 

June through mid-September. For a typical experience on the Rio Grande in the vicinity of Santa Fe, check out

Higher Ground Outfitters


Based in Magdalena and featured on ‘The Hunting Channel’, offers personalized big-game hunting adventures.

 For details, contact Doc Rolston:


Hunters from all over the country converge on Magdalena during September, October and November to take on the challenge of some of the best hunting in the United States – primarily elk, pronghorn and deer. The New Mexico Department of Fish and Game carefully manages the distribution of hunting tags and licenses to best maintain healthy populations of wild game. Its web site contains all the information you need to begin your hunt.

Ride the Rails: Belen to Santa Fe


Magdalena to Belen by I-25 is 1 hr 15 min. Then park and ride the Rail Runner Express. This unusual 96-mile- long railroad runs between Albuquerque and Santa Fe, NM. The trains are sleek looking silver diesel engines with comfortable double-decker cars and a bright red roadrunner (New Mexico’s state bird) painted on the side, 

much like the roadrunner in the old Looney Tune cartoons.

If you pre-buy a Rail Runner Express ticket online (only $9 for adults, $4.50 for seniors), there is a free shuttle from the Sunport Airport that will take you directly to the railroad station in downtown Albuquerque. Here you can hop the train, and in 90 minutes (traveling at speeds up to 79 miles an hour) be within walking distance of most of Santa Fe’s beautiful sights.

The Santa Fe Pickup, a free shuttle bus with a bright red pickup truck painted on the side, meets every train and stops at major attractions in town, from the galleries on Canyon Road to Museum Hill, with buses coming every 15 minutes or so. 

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