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Enjoy The Outdoors This Winter At Bandelier

on February 2, 2017 - 9:14am
View from the end of the Upper Frijoles Canyon Overlook Trail, January 2017. Courtesy/NPS

Trailhead area for Upper Frijoles Canyon Overlook Trail and Sawyer Mesa Trail, along State Route 4 near the junction with Forest Road 289. Courtesy/NPS


This is an ideal time for enjoying winter in and around Bandelier National Monument, with snow at higher elevations and lots of sunny days.
Anyone comfortable in winter conditions can readily find a number of opportunities available in the park.

2017 Dog Jog Logo Contest Seeks Young Artists

on January 31, 2017 - 8:18am

Skier Alex Mueller Shares Adventures In Antarctica

on January 26, 2017 - 4:01pm

One of Alex Mueller's shots of the landscape in Antarctica. Mueller shared a number of his photos during Los Alamos Mountaineers' meeting Tuesday night at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Photo by Alex Mueller 


Los Alamos Daily Post

Alex Mueller was in a meeting at Lawrence Livermore when he got a call; a friend asked if he would like to take the ski trip of a lifetime. So in November 2014, Mueller packed his bags, picked up his skis, flew on a plane to Argentina before boarding an ex-Russian ice breaker vessel to Antarctica.  

Mueller was among 70 travelers who

Pajarito Mountain: Stunning, Snowy, Scenic...

on January 25, 2017 - 12:16pm

It's a beautiful bluebird day at Pajarito Mountain after this latest cycle of storms that left the ski area with 47 inches of snow over the past seven days and 8 inches in the past 24 hours. The base depth is 60 inches and the skiing is fantastic! Pajarito is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesdays through Sundays. Photo by Tom Stockton

Pajarito Mountain Ski Area. Photo by Tom Stockton

Pajarito Mountain Ski Area. Photo by Tom Stockton

Pajarito Mountain Ski Area. Photo by Tom Stockton

The Big Outdoors Program Invites Adults To Help Children Enjoy Nature

on January 21, 2017 - 12:49pm
Helping children create fun experiences outside is a rewarding way to share the value of nature. PEEC staff lead backpacking trips for youth and families, one of many ways to get kids outside. Courtesy photo
PEEC News:
Want to help kids get outside? There will be an informational meeting about The Big Outdoors, a new program organized by the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) and Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS), at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 25, at the Los Alamos Nature Center. 
The Big Outdoors will give adults concerned about children’s disconnect from nature a chance

A Foot Of Snow Falls At Pajarito Ski Area

on January 21, 2017 - 7:49am
Pajarito Ski Lodge. Photo by Maire O’Neill
Pajarito Ski Patrol Medical Director Dr. Robert McClees, left, chats with Young Adult Patroller Ethan Aulwes. Photo by Sheila McClees
Pajarito Ski Area General Manager Tom Long. Photo by Mike O'Neill

Los Alamos

Despite a challenging start to the season due to warm weather, Pajarito Mountain Ski Area is now enjoying “really good snow”, including more than a foot in the past week General Manager Tom Long said Monday.  The ski area, known for its short lift lines, friendly staff and extraordinary views, opened Dec.

Townsight Lift Opens This Weekend!

on January 20, 2017 - 9:43pm
SKI News:
After picking up 22 inches from this storm cycle, Townsight Lift will open this Saturday and Sunday at Pajarito Ski Area.
Townsight serves beginner and intermediate trails and is known for accessing some of the best tree skiing on the mountain. More snow is in the forecast for this weekend.

To stay up to date on trail conditions and openings, visit the Pajarito Mountain Snow Report.

Los Alamos Mountaineers Continue Southern Colorado Winter Adventure Tour

on January 20, 2017 - 11:51am
The Los Alamos Mountaineers visited Monarch for a snow sports weekend in mid-January; Purgatory and the wild country beyond is next. Photo by Shelly Wieman
A Pajarito ski pass offers free skiing at two southern Colorado gems - Monarch and Pajarito. Having visited Monarch, the Los Alamos Mountaineers are continuing their tour of winter wonderlands just across the border, with a Feb. 2-5 visit to Purgatory, Durango and backcountry beyond. They welcome the community to join the club (easily done) and join the adventure.
On the long weekend of January 12-16, eight

Snowshoe Hike In Valles Caldera Saturday

on January 17, 2017 - 12:36pm
Participants from the December hike. Each hike ventures into a different part of the Valles Caldera National Preserve. Courtesy/PEEC
PEEC News:
Would you like to explore the Jemez Mountains by snowshoe?
Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) is working with the Valles Caldera National Preserve (VALL) to offer educational, family-friendly, hikes this winter.
The next hike is 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 21, and will be led by a VALL ranger and a PEEC representative.

Backcountry Film Festival 2017 At Reel Deal Jan. 26

on January 16, 2017 - 9:16am

Los Alamos Youth Lacrosse Registration Is Jan. 17

on January 15, 2017 - 8:22pm

Registration for youth and high school lacrosse teams is Tuesday at the White Rock Branch Library. Courtesy photo


Walk-in registration for youth and high school lacrosse teams is 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17 in the multipurpose room of the White Rock Branch Library, 10 Sherwood Blvd.

Students age 9 through high school seniors are welcome. Although there is currently not a separate girls’ program, girls are welcome to play in a coed environment.

A registration form may be obtained during walk-in registration, or can be downloaded at

Practices are

Taiji And Qigong Classes Begin Jan. 21

on January 14, 2017 - 8:58am

Obama Designates Five New National Monuments

on January 14, 2017 - 8:43am
CLF News:
DURANGO, Colo.  The Conservation Lands Foundation applauds the five national monument designations and the announcement of efforts to make the country's parks and monuments more inclusive for all Americans.
“President Obama is an exceptional conservationist. His actions to safeguard America’s natural, cultural and historic sites have been heroic. Our nation will look back on his achievements with admiration, and celebrate these national monuments for generations,” said Brian O’Donnell, executive director of the Conservation Lands Foundation.

Santa Fe National Forest Waives Recreation Fees In Honor Of MLK Day; Offices Closed Jan. 16

on January 13, 2017 - 7:19am
SFNF News:
SANTA FE  The Santa Fe National Forest will waive fees at many day-use recreation sites and amenities Monday, Jan. 16, to honor the legacy of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr.
All Santa Fe National Forest offices will be closed on Monday, Jan. 16, in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr., Day. Forest offices will resume regular business hours Tuesday, Jan. 17.
Fees will be waived at Santa Fe National Forest sites that normally charge a day-use fee and campgrounds that are not on the National Recreation Reservation System. Since many recreation sites on the

Mountaineers Meeting Features Alex Mueller On Skiing And Climbing Around The World

on January 13, 2017 - 7:14am
Alex Mueller making friends with a penguin. Courtesy photo


Join the Los Alamos Mountaineers at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan 24 at the Los Alamos Nature Center for a presentation by Alex Mueller.

In late 2014, Mueller had the luck of traveling to Antarctica to go ski mountaineering with a team of friends and a boatful of great people. It really was the trip of a lifetime, and is accessible to everybody. As his journey to this point started on a visit to France, he will be showing photos of skiing and climbing from Chamonix, Argentina and Antarctica.

Social time begins at  at 6:45

Backcountry Film Festival Inspires Winter Adventurers To Seek Snow Less Traveled

on January 12, 2017 - 5:13pm

Stillshot from China, A Skier’s Journey, one of nine short films featured in this year’s Backcountry Film Festival. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Tickets go on sale today for the Backcountry Film Festival, made possible by the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) and the Reel Deal Theater. Produced by the Boise-based nonprofit Winter Wildlands Alliance, the touring Backcountry Film Festival will make its way to more than 100 locations around the world. The screening at the Reel Deal at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26 will be the only one in New Mexico.

The Pajarito Brewpub will be selling

Valles Caldera Offers Special Night Of Extended Hours

on January 12, 2017 - 4:32pm

Cross-country skiing through History Grove at the Valles Caldera National Preserve. Courtesy/NPS

VCNP News:

JEMEZ SPRINGS — Valles Caldera National Preserve is offering extended hours for winter recreation Saturday, Jan. 14. Normal operational hours, currently 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., will be extended until 9:30 p.m. with the entrance gate closing at 10 p.m.

The Valle Grande Entrance Station and a contact station positioned among historic cabins will be open and available for warming.

Scenes From Bandelier Falls Trail Hike

on January 12, 2017 - 7:27am

Scenes from a trail hike Sunday in Bandelier Falls. Photo by Robert Beberniss

Scenes from a trail hike Sunday in Bandelier Falls. Photo by Robert Beberniss

Photo by Robert Beberniss

Scenes from a trail hike Sunday in Bandelier Falls. Photo by Robert Beberniss

Scenes from a trail hike Sunday in Bandelier Falls. Photo by Robert Beberniss

Ten Fee-Free Days At National Parks In 2017

on January 11, 2017 - 9:41am
Frijoles Canyon in Bandelier National Monument. Courtesy/NPS
NPS News:
Anyone wanting to stretch their travel budget to be able to visit the greatest number America's very best places, should be sure to consider the 10 days this year when all National Park Service areas are fee free - no entrance fees!
In the Los Alamos area, that includes both Bandelier National Monument and the Valles Caldera National Preserve. The Manhattan Project National Historical Park (NHP), in downtown Los Alamos, has no entrance fee.
The first fee-free day for 2017 will be this coming Monday,

Council Proclaims Jan. 11, 2017 ‘Craig Martin Day’!

on January 10, 2017 - 8:04pm

House Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard presents a state proclamation honoring Craig Martin, center, for his volunteer service to the community for open space and trails, and furthermore declares Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017 as 'Craig Martin Day' in Los Alamos County (co-presented with Councilor Antonio Maggiore, right, on behalf of the County Council and accepted by Craig Martin at Tuesday's Council Meeting. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


From left, County Councilor Antonio Maggiore, June Martin, Craig Martin and House Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard. Photo by Carol A.

Invitation To Join Los Alamos Ski Racing Team

on January 9, 2017 - 7:14am

Los Alamos Ski Racing Club provides 10-day and 20-day training programs to young skiers. Courtesy/LASRC

SKI News:

Young skiers, ages 7 to 18 years old, are invited to join the Los Alamos Ski Racing Club. Training is conducted by licensed and trained coaches.

The 10-Day Program is committed to improving the athletes’ skiing while having fun. At the same time, athletes are exposed to competitive Alpine Ski Racing.

The 20-Day Program is dedicated to developing competitive Alpine Ski Racers.

Sledding And Sliding Around Urban Park

on January 8, 2017 - 12:47pm

Kids and parents embraced the snow and had all kinds of fun Friday at Urban Park. Photo by John McHale/

Lance Metcalf catches some air Friday at Urban Park. Photo by John McHale/

Lance Metcalf is having awesome good fun in the snow Friday at Urban Park! Photo by John McHale/

Finley Ham braces for a wild ride. Photo by John McHale/

Finley Ham: Yipee, let's do it again! Photo by John McHale/

Alex Aikin Of White Rock Earns Eagle Scout Award

on January 8, 2017 - 11:54am

Alex Aikin, member of Boy Scout Troop 22 and Venture Crew 20, examining the flagpole that volunteers helped him install at the Los Alamos Sportsmen’s Club Pavilion for his Eagle Project. Photo by Robert Aikin


  • Teen installs flagpole at Sportsmen’s Club Pavilion for Eagle Project

After five years in Cub Scout Pack 20, seven years in Boy Scout Troop 22, and four concurrent years in Venture Crew 20, Alexander Aikin has earned the rank of Eagle Scout.

The final step in the process was his Eagle project, installing a flagpole at the Los Alamos Sportsmen’s Club Archery Pavilion.

K2 Women’s Weekend At Pajarito Mountain Feb. 10-12

on January 8, 2017 - 6:06am
Pajarito Mountain and K2 Skis present the Women's Weekend Feb. 10-12. Courtesy photo
K2W News:
For the eighth consecutive year, the ladies at Pajarito Ski Hill in Los Alamos are planning northern New Mexico’s best ski party that benefits Northern New Mexico communities!
In carrying on the tradition, Pajarito Mountain and K2 Skis are once again presenting the Women's Weekend Feb. 10-12. To date, this non-profit event has raised more than $70,000 in financial assistance to New Mexican women and men diagnosed with breast and women diagnosed with cervical cancer.

Mountaineers Offer Weekend Snow Sport Outing

on January 7, 2017 - 6:46am
The Los Alamos Mountaineers are heading to Monarch Pass, on the continental divide in Colorado, for a weekend of alpine skiing, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing Courtesy photo
Winter has set in with full force in southern Colorado, opening the way for snow adventures of many kinds.
Over the upcoming MLK weekend, the Los Alamos Mountaineers will head north to take advantage of the snow, now five feet deep at Monarch Pass. They will make their base in the small town of Salida, and spend their days doing winter sports in the Monarch Pass area.