Come watch the fireworks over the valley! We should be able to see at least two major shows, with some others across the area.
Please bring a headlamp, portable seating (if desired), flashlight, adequate water, and your own libations (also, if desired).
Directions to the Tortugas Mountain Sunset Parking lot, from Interstate 25:
Take Interstate 25 exit 1 (University Avenue)
Go east, towards the mountains.
You'll pass two traffic light intersections, University Ave and Las Alturas/Don Roser, and University Ave and Telshor. The road curve, turning into Drippings Sands, and then Dripping Springs Road. You'll pass the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Museum on your left. Keep going.
After about 2 miles, you'll reach the traffic-lighted intersection of Dripping Springs Road and Sonama Ranch Boulevard. At the light, turn right onto the gravel path.
Stay to the left and follow the gravel path to the Tortugas Mountain Sunset parking lot.
DISTANCE will probably be some 3 mi in total.
ELEVATION GAIN is some 800 ft to the top of the mountain.
FEES: None. Of course, if you carpool, please compensate your driver for gas!
DURATION: The Mesilla fireworks show starts at 9 and the Las Cruces city fireworks show starts at 10 pm; I'd like to be down by 11 pm.
PET FRIENDLY? Yes. Bring a muzzle (you shouldn't need be told to bring a proper leash).
SKILL LEVEL is variable. If you're a beginner, please come and let us know—we'll pick an easier route!
TERRAIN is loose, steep mountainside. We will probably stay on the road on the way back to the cars, we may take a different route up if there is enough light.
WEATHER is 40% chance of thunderstorms. Bring a water-resistant bag for your electronics and a raincoat. If we see lightning heading towards us, we will head down quickly.
Las Cruces: 7:30pm at Tortugas Mountain's Sunset Parking lot (see directions above). GPS:[masked]°N,[masked]°W (http://www.meetup.com/las-cruces-hiking/events/112528322/geo:32.29748,-106.70694) (see on Google Maps (http://maps.google.com/?q=32.29748,-106.70694&z=18), OpenStreetMap (http://www.openstreetmap.org/?mlat=32.29748&mlon=-106.70694&zoom=18), USGS topo map (http://mapper.acme.com/?ll=32.29748,-106.70694&marker0=32.29748,-106.70694&z=18))
Map of area (http://www.openstreetmap.org/?lat=32.28814&lon=-106.69907&zoom=15&layers=M)