North Mesa Stables Hosts Luminaria Walkabout Sunday

A family enjoys the festivities at a past Luminaria Walkabout event. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/


Calm and peaceful. That’s North Mesa Stables after the sun sets, and on a beautiful winter’s night during the holiday season, magical! As the horses and other barnyard animals munch their hay, it’s a great time to meander up and down the stable roads.

Between 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday, various stable owners will greet visitors with decorated barns, and maybe some other holiday cheer. Folks of all ages are invited to warm themselves and chat at the scattered luminarias (little bonfires) during their stroll.

Visitors are invited and welcome, but to preserve the ambiance of the peaceful scene, please plan to participate on foot.

Vehicles can be parked at the ball fields across from the Posse Lodge, soccer field parking at the corner of San Ildefonso and North Mesa Roads, or tennis courts by the Rodeo Arena (accessed off of San Ildefonso).

Please wear reflective clothing and keep pets on a leash.

The North Mesa Stables is a Los Alamos County Park where the operations are descended from a horse riding and rodeo concession granted by the U.S. Army in 1946 to individuals who had riding stock.  In 1947, the newly created Atomic Energy Commission took over, and by 1952 the stables were configured and organized as they are now. Los Alamos County received the land and operations by Quit Claim Deed in 1972 from the federal government; thus the stables became a unique County park.