If you’re interested in learning the basics of fly fishing, Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort holds a series of free fly fishing clinics this summer 2012.
The Sipapu free fly fishing clinics take place weekly on Saturdays from 10 am – 12 noon, with lessons by Taos professional fly fishing instructor and guide Dan Holden. The clinics are open to all, and will cover the basics of fly fishing, including how to use the equipment and how to cast.
Take your own equipment, or fly rods and reels will be available to borrow free of charge, thanks to Taos Fly Shop.
Although the clinics are free, participants aged 12 years or older WILL need a New Mexico fishing license. Current fees for NM fishing licenses start at $12 for one day for adults (whether New Mexico residents or not), or $5 for New Mexico resident juniors aged 12-17 for an annual licence, $8 for New Mexico resident seniors aged 65 – 69 for an annual license. Licenses are available for purchase at Sipapu’s store, which is probably the easiest option, or you can buy them online from the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish.
If you want to stay over, a number of third night free lodging deals at Sipapu are available through October 17, 2012 , including the hotel, cabins, suites, and lodge.
Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort is located 20 miles southeast of Taos, about a 90-minute drive north of Santa Fe, 2.5 hours from Albuquerque.
The New Mexico Ski Card for the 2011/2012 ski season costs $125 for 10 adult lift tickets to ski resorts in New Mexico and Colorado.
The New Mexico Ski Card is a deal from The American Lung Association in New Mexico, and for $125 you get one adult lift ticket for each of these ten Colorado or New Mexico ski areas:
- Angel Fire Resort
- Arapahoe Basin Ski Area
- Taos Ski Valley (this is actually a two for one offer – buy one lift ticket at $75 and get another lift ticket free)
- Red River Ski Area
- Sipapu Ski Resort
- Ski Cooper
- Ski Apache
- Sunlight Mountain Resort
- Enchanted Forest Cross-Country
- Monarch Mountain Ski Area
All the ski resorts have various blackout dates, with the exception of Enchanted Forest and Ski Cooper, neither of which (thank goodness) has any date restrictions.
You can only ski each destination once with the card, but even if the card is only used at a few of the New Mexico ski resorts, the savings are worth it. As an example, adult lift tickets at Angel Fire usually cost $64, and at Red River it’s $64. Those two alone total $128, so by using the $125 New Mexico Ski Card to ski both, you save $3, and any other New Mexico ski resorts you get to are free icing on the cake!
Plus, it’s for a good cause as a fundraiser for The American Lung Association in New Mexico. There is a limit of 1,000 New Mexico Ski Cards for sale.
If you only plan to take to the slopes at a couple of NM ski resorts and ski those more frequently, it’s probably better to check their websites for ski deals.
The Sugarite Canyon Halloween Trail event takes place on the evening of Saturday October 22, 2011, at Sugarite Canyon State Park, Raton.
The free trail walk is for families with kids aged 4 to 10 years old, and it runs from 6 – 8 pm. the adventure unfolds through encounters with characters such as Black Bear and Mountain Lion. Kids receive refreshments, small activities to take home, and the educational event aims to help them learn how to stay safe around wildlife. In previous years the trail has been lined with pumpkins, although there’s no guarantee it’ll be the same this year.
While the event is free, advance registration is necessary on (575)445-5607. They also encourage a donation of $5 per family to Friends of Sugarite.
Sugarite Canyon is a New Mexico State Park.
Stay two nights at Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs and Spa, and get a free stay on the third night, through October 31, 2011.
The Ojo Caliente free night deal is valid for guests who arrive on Sunday to Tuesday, for a stay covering Sunday to Thursday. You still have to pay tax on the free third night, but it’s a pretty good deal if you want to soak your bones at Ojo Caliente during these fine fall days! Accommodation includes entry to the springs.
Other Ojo Caliente packages and deals to October 31 include free admission to the mineral springs and free locker and robe use when you book $1oo worth of spa treatments, and free entry to the springs when you book a private pool for two hours. Both deals are valid on Monday to Thursday with advance reservations. They also offer girlfriend packages and couples packages.
Admission to Ojo Caliente is always free for a New Mexico resident on their birthday!
Ojo Caliente is about 2 hours’ drive north from Albuquerque, an hour north west of Santa Fe.