Take your friends and family on a guided hike at the Wakeem/Teschner Nature Preserve at Resler Canyon this Sunday, June 24th, at 8 a.m. Meet where Cadiz Street dead ends at the Canyon. (Map) Take the Sunland Park exit, turn right onto Sunland Park, then left at Cadiz Street. Follow Cadiz all the way to the end. Although the hike will take an hour or a bit longer, take plenty of water, use sunscreen and wear a hat. You’ll learn about the plants and animals in this conserved natural arroyo. You also will learn how arroyos work. Your guide will be Scott Cutler, exhibits curator at UTEP’s Centennial Museum. Scott also serves on the Board of the Frontera Land Alliance which manages the nature preserve.
Remember that Scenic Drive is closed every Sunday morning from 6 to 11 a.m. It’s a 4.1 mile hike from one side to the other and back. This walk takes in a dazzling panorama of El Paso and Juarez and a display of 500 million year old fossils! It’s a good recreational walk and can be done in an hour and a half. Join me at 7 a.m. this coming Sunday at the west entrance to the Drive (the intersection of Robinson, Rim and Scenic). Rumor has it that there will be some geology talk as we walk.
Peak Fitness Challenge is off the ground! Check out great hikes and prizes. Information and sign up is available at GeoBetty.com/Peak. Get more information and like Challenge on Facebook. Do visit the blog, One Foot in Front of the Other.
Franklin Mountains State Park Ranger Extraordinaire Adrianna Weickhardt sent out word about some very special guided hikes that are by reservation only. Experts on various natural history subjects will accompany you. All guided hikes are $3.00 in addition to the park entrance fee of $5.00 for adults 13 & over. Guided hikes for ages 5-12 is $1.00. Contact Adrianna Weickhardt at 915-566-6441 ext. 224 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or Erika Rubio at 915-566-6441 ext. 221 or email email@example.com.
JULY -- The guided hikes for July are as follows:
Saturday, July 7, 2012 @ 7:30 pm – Guided night hike Nature Walk/Explore the Arroyo (1 – 1.5 hours)
Sunday, July 8, 2012 @ 6:30 am – Guided hike Schaeffer Shuffle (1.5 - 2 hours)
Thursday, July 12 @ 9:00 a.m. – Nature Walk, 25 kids (7 – 12 year olds) (1-2 hours)
Saturday, July 21, 2012 @ 7:30 pm – Guided night hike Nature Walk/Explore the Arroyo (1 – 1.5 hours)
Sunday, July 22, 2012 @ 6:30 Ron Coleman/Smugglers Pass (1.5 – 3 hours)
Friday, July 27, 2012 @ 6:15 am – (Women’s Only Hike) Lower Sunset Trail (1.5 – 2 hours)
Sunday, July 29 - @ 6:30 am (Peak Fitness Challenge Hike) Aztec Caves (1 – 2 hours)
We also have the hikes continuing through the rest of the month of June:
Friday, June 22, 2012 – Lazy Cow Trail @ 8:00 a.m. and again @ 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, June 23, 2012 – Lazy Cow Trail @ 8:00 a.m. and again @ 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, June 24, 2012 – Mine Shaft Tour @ 8:00 a.m.
Thursday, June 28, 2012 – Women’s Hike on Upper Sunset Trail @ 8:00 a.m.