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El Malpais Art Walk

 We are going Caving this time around! So bring head protection, head lamps, gloves and wear long pants and sturdy shoes. Flashlights are good, but head lamps are better since we will be holding cameras in our hands. So you better bring both! :) 

The BLM at El Malpais National Conservation Area have been offering monthly art themed nature walks for over 2 years. We get many enthusiastic artists, painters, sketchers and photographers out to gain a bit of inspiration. This Meetup had been announced on the Albuquerque outdoor and hiking page for a long time and I felt it was time to invite more photographers directly. 

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.

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, 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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  • Melecia

    awesome cave tour!! we had fun Thanks Jen

    September 15, 2013

  • Lynn B.

    Great opportunity for a private guided tour of a cave. Thanks Jen.

    1 · September 15, 2013

  • Lynn B.


    If the Sunday caving is going to be canceled due to the current rain and flooding Please let us know by 7:00 am Sunday morning. We don't want to travel all the way our to grants if the caving event is to be canceled.

    September 13, 2013

  • Frances R.

    Ranger Jen, I would love to be able to go into the caves but I work Sundays. Do they ever offer these guided tours other days of the week?

    September 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Ranger Jen, I can no longer attend. I will be on a photo shoot in at the Aspen Rugger Festival (rugby championship) in Aspen, Colorado. I will be back for October's Art Walk.

    September 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Ranger Jenn, My kids might be joining me on this. Obviously hiking gear and flashlights are required, but are helmets required ?

    September 4, 2013

  • Melecia

    sounds like fun, i can hardly wait!!!!

    September 3, 2013

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