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winter sports

Red River & Eagle Rock Lake – New & Improved!

Construction of a new fishing park at Eagle Rock Lake near Questa and in-stream fish habitat improvements at the Red River fish hatchery are expected to be completed by the summer of 2015 to help promote angling and tourism in the area. “It’ll be a very, nice aquatic park in a beautiful setting that folks can really enjoy while fishing,” says Frey Sports Fish Program Manager for the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish. Habitat improvement stamp funds from fishing license sales paid for the construction costs. Continue reading »

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A Visit to Tsankawi at Bandelier Takes One Back in Time

Tsankawi entrance sign

Sitting upon the edge of a cliff at Tsankawi, legs dangling in space, basking in the midwinter sun, one can look out over the snow dusted valley below and perhaps understand why the ancient Indians choose to live here hundreds of years ago. Continue reading »

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San Juan Sees Even More Improvements for Anglers and Wildlife

san juan river hammond tract

It’s the dead of winter and Mike Lee of Arizona is catching big beautiful trout on dry flies at the Lower Flats of the San Juan River in northwestern New Mexico and state fisheries biologist Marc Wethington couldn’t be happier for him. Continue reading »

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Winter Trout Fishing on the Rio Chama Below El Vado Dam

Toner Mitchell poses with brown trout caught in the Chama River of northern New Mexico.

In the dead of winter when most anglers are yearning for a fight with a feisty trout there are only a few places one can try in northern New Mexico.

But for those seeking the solitude of a lonely stretch of river, incredible scenery and the possibility of catching a fat fish, then the Rio Chama below El Vado Dam is where it’s at. Continue reading »

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Ice Fishing is On & Eagle Nest Lake is the Place!

Mitch Roggy, 53, of Albuquerque shows off a nice, fat Rainbow trout he picked up while ice fishing at Eagle Nest Lake one past winter.

In the dead of winter when the dreaded effects of cabin fever begin to set in, people will do some incredible things to get outdoors and have some fun.

Like ice fishing, a traditional New Mexican outdoor activity that much like salmon snagging requires a hardier breed of angler and a touch of desperation. Continue reading »

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Sleigh Rides at New Mexico’s Valles Caldera National Preserve Make for Great Winter Fun!

A horse drawn sleigh in the snow at Valles Caldera National Preserve in northern New Mexico.

The musky scent of horses and the creak of a wood sleigh as it slips across a sea of brilliant snow at the Valles Caldera National Preserve can make for an enchanting winter excursion. Continue reading »

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Ice Fishing Eagle Nest Lake a Bracing Winter Feat

Adam Vigil, 7, of Taos waits patiently for a bite while ice fishing with his family at Eagle Nest Lake on Saturday, Jan.5, 2008.

Ice fishing at Eagle Nest Lake in northern New Mexico is a fun way to catch fish and have fun outdoors during the winter months. Continue reading »

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Ice Fishing Tips and Tricks by Matt Pelletier of Fish Enchantment

Matt Pelletier shows off a nice trout caught while ice fishing in New Mexico.

Winter has arrived in New Mexico and thick sheets of ice have formed on many lakes providing anglers with an opportunity to keep fishing in a whole new way.

Ice fishing is a sure fire cure for the winter blues and when properly done can be fun and fulfilling too.
And if there’s one rule to ice fishing it’s that there’s no such thing as being over dressed. Continue reading »

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Los Alamos Open Air Skating Rink a Real Winter Treat

Bethany McBride,18, Los Alamos.

It’s opening day at Los Alamos’ open-air skating rink and Andy McCown is thrilled to be the only one on the ice during the lunch hour session.
“Because I’m still a little rusty,” he says as he chops and glides his away around the regulation size rink.
McCown enjoys skating during his noon break from the lab and knows it won’t be long before he has plenty of company at the popular recreational facility operated by Los Alamos County. Continue reading »

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Sledding in Northern New Mexico Makes for Great Winter Fun

Jeff Roybal of Santa Fe takes a run at Hyde Memorial State Park

After a recent wave of bountiful snowstorms swept through northern New Mexico the sledding season is in full swing and just in time for the holidays.
“We’ve seen a lot of snow up here lately and the sledding has been great,” says Joe Cristopherson, Superintendent of Hyde Memorial State Park in the mountains just aboveSanta Fe.
The park boasts a couple of 100-yard sledding runs where adults and kids armed with plastic saucers, toboggans or rubber inner tubes can have a ball whisking down the hill. Continue reading »

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