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El Malpais NCA Art Walks are back!

Great News! After a rocky government shutdown and challenges with a limited staff, I am happy to announce that the monthly art walks are back! Let's all have a stress free morning of art and photography! The BLM at El Malpais National Conservation Area have been offering monthly art themed nature walks for over two years. We get many enthusiastic artists, painters, sketchers and photographers out to gain a bit of inspiration. This Meetup is also announced on the New Mexico outdoor photography page and the Arts New Mexico page.


We will meet at the North West New Mexico Visitor Center 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, or pull out their cameras and let nature inspire. There can be as little or as much walking involved as you wish. There might be artistic inspiration right in the parking area. Or you can join Ranger Jenn on a short walk for a stunning view. Total round trip mileage each Sunday should not be more than about 1 and 1/2 miles. It's more about being outside getting creative, than about hard core hiking. However, if the weather is really bad, we can find inspiration looking out the warm sunlit windows of the Visitor Center.

Bring your own art supplies: paint, canvas, pencils, cameras, 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, gloves, sunscreen, water, and snacks.

Please contact me at the BLM office[masked] if you would like more details. Or on the day of the walk, call the Northwest New Mexico Visitor Center at[masked] Hope you can join us! :)

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  • Daniel V.

    Fun day hike.

    March 25, 2014

  • Dorothy

    Loved the Archf and after leaving the colored rocks area we hiked to the Lava Falls. Great Cairnes!!!!

    March 16, 2014

  • Duane M.

    Ranger Jenn. I'm changing my rsvp. I did sign on for the Rough Magic meetup with Ranger Paul. How long will the photos be on display at the center? Id like to go by after the RM hike. Thanks Duane.

    March 6, 2014

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    Looking forward to a great experience.

    February 27, 2014

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