The Mountains around Grants NM: Hike, Paint, Draw, Inspire, Enjoy...

Ranger Jenn holds these events EVERY THIRD Sunday in the Grants, New Mexico area.

Meet at the Northwest New Mexico Visitor Center (NWNMVC), in Grants NM, at 9:00 am. Then we will caravan to a different place within the National Conservation Area each Sunday, where all artistic minded folks can set up their easels and let nature inspire. There can be as little or as much walking involved as you wish.

Or you can join  Jenn on a short walk for a stunning view. Total roundtrip milage each Sunday should not be more than about 1 and 1/2 miles. It's more about being outside creating art, than about hard core hiking.

Bring your own art supplies: paint, canvas, pencils, or sketch books. We plan to finish by noon or 1 depending on weather and the feelings of the group. Artists are encouraged to linger if they wish.

Dress for changing weather, layered clothing, closed toe shoes, hat, sunscreen, water, and snacks.  We are meeting at the Northwest New Mexico Visitor Center, The building itself is amazing and if weather is poor, we can sit in the huge windows and let the view inspire. We had a wonderful showcase of our collective works to celebrate our 1 year aniversary of holding this event. I would like to do that again at the 2 year anniversary in March 2013! :)

Please contact Ranger Jenn @ ([masked]) if you would like more details or directions! And... on the day of, please call Ranger Jenn at the Northwest New Mexico Visitor Center [masked])

Hey gang, We at the BLM have been offering these art walks for over a year and a half now, and to keep the mommentum going dispite logistical issues, we have switched to the Third Sunday of every month. I hope you can make it :)

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  • Ranger J.

    I regret to have to say this, but as I sit here at 7am with a hot water bottle on my rumbly stomach trying to decide if I can muster the strength to do this awesome hike for you guys today; I think I'll just have to call it :( However, don't let me stop you from coming out and getting some great inspiration! The high temp today is meant to be 53 degrees with light winds. Perfect! I do so wish I felt better, but the route I want to show you requires a bit of hiking, and scrambling and I know there are no bathrooms for miles. I fully plan to take everyone on this hike for our February art walk, until then, wash your hands, drink tea, and get plenty of rest. Oh wait, that's what I should do. ;) So sorry guys, I really hate being sick. It's not in a Park Ranger's nature to just lie around all day. Please let everyone know that we are canceling. I don't think everyone checks Meet Up first thing in the morning.

    January 20, 2013

  • Chris (Crista) W.

    Thanks again Ranger Jenn, for hangin in with your great tours for this group!!!!
    Reminder for Artists & Folks.... be SURE to bring boots & warm wind-proof clothing and plenty of portable water. Also, (this is your mama talkin), WEAR SUNSCREEN on your face. Have a FANTASTIC TIME EVERYONE!!!

    January 19, 2013

  • Ranger J.

    Hey Gang, Happy New Year! For our January Art Walk we have had a request to hike the front area of the Sandstone Bluffs. I happen to know some awesome stuff along that stretch so I am only too happy to accommodate. :) We will need to hop a fence and do a bit of bush whacking/ rock scrambling, but the inspiration ( I.E. arches, petroglyphs, lava, and ruins ) are everywhere. I'd say we will walk less than a mile and a half. But it depends on how everyone is feeling, and the weather. Dress warm, good boots, and bring a snack for extra energy. If it turns out to be howling wind or single digit temps, we will come up with another plan. Until then, I hope to see everyone at the Northwest New Mexico Visitor Center at 9:00am. (Depending on where you start in Albuquerque, it only takes a little over an hour to drive out here) Hope to see everyone come out :)

    1 · January 7, 2013

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