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Tortugas Mountain: July 4th Fireworks edition

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.


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  • Raena

    Two people hiked up the front, 2 up the back, and we met on the top. Fireworks started even before the sun went down. We got rained on a bit, but felt wonderful! We talked to the cops up top (come to check on the telescope) and cops on the bottom (arresting someone parked in the lot, and wanting to know if we were the people setting off fireworks near the pavilion). Saw glowing eyes of spiders and deer (heart racing for a second thinking they were coyotes). Was a great night!

    1 · July 5, 2015

  • Omali J.

    Hi, I was in a frnd's place n they suggested to go to elephant's butte. There ws sme rain over there, but new mexico ws gorgeous with all the dashing firewrks. Hope u guys too enjoyed alot.

    July 5, 2015

  • Omali J.

    If theres anyone coming from the nmsu area, just let me know ya, fr me to carpool. :-) love to join u.

    July 2, 2015

    • Raena

      Omali, I can pick you up at 7:15 at milagros if you want. Let me know.

      July 4, 2015

    • Raena

      by call or text

      July 4, 2015

  • Wendy

    Looks like I'm going to wimp out. I melt when wet. Happy 4th! See you all on the next hike.

    July 4, 2015

    • Raena

      Not supposed to rain until later! But understand. See you next time.

      July 4, 2015

  • Raena

    Any questions call or text (preferred):[masked]-117. I am thinking of making margaritas, if you would like to try some please bring a glass.

    July 4, 2015

    • A former member
      A former member

      I made some brownies :D

      July 4, 2015

  • Wendy

    I plan to be there if it doesn't look like rain.

    July 3, 2015

  • Gizelle

    I'm seriously considering going. Ill confirm tomorrow. Omali if I go I can give you a ride.

    July 3, 2015

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