Valles Caldera Workshop and Campout, Aug. 17-19


Los Amigo de Valles Caldera News:

The final of three workshops planned on the tributaries of San Antonio Creek this summer is on the Santa Rosa Creek Aug. 17-19.

Santa Rosa Creek ia a major tributary to San Antonio Creek and is being severely impacted by increased runoff from adjacent slopes burned by the Las Conchas Fire. 

During a July workshop,  Los Amigo de Valles Caldera members and  volunteers completed an array of 26 stone structures that were severely tested in a flood that Saturday evening. The structures came through in flying colors.

Los Amigos is again partnering with the Albuquerque Wildlife Federation to accomplish valuable wetland restoration in Valle Santa Rosa. 

We will be camping again on the Preserve at the San Antonio Cabin site. We invite you to join us for the two days of work and two nights camping. 

Children are invited; they add to the experience and do good work. No pets are permitted on the Preserve. Tents, pickup campers, small RV’s and tent or travel trailers are allowed. 

Access will be arranged through the main gate in the Valle Grande on N.M. 4.

We plan to work Saturday and until about noon Sunday, but those that can work only Saturday are welcome. 

We will be using stone gathered from the adjacent slopes and some sod clumps dug close by to stabilize head cuts and to plug gullies forming in the creek. 

A lot of the work will be hard but there are worthwhile tasks for every level of endurance. Part of the area is boggy so wet feet are possible. 

This is New Mexico so sun, rain, overcast sky and wind or a mix of it all are to be expected. Day packs with appropriate clothing, lunches and plenty of water is necessary. 

Nighttime temperatures will be cold, probably in the mid 40’s.

We hope you can join us Friday evening to get acquainted and enjoy good fellowship. 

We will serve hot breakfast burritos Saturday and grilled bison and veggie burgers at a potluck Saturday evening. 

We generally have plenty of leftovers for Sunday meals.

RSVP by Aug. 10 for this weekend event.

To volunteer, email Jack Crane at or 575-829-3648.


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