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Train Rides
Nevada State Railroad Museum
600 Yucca Street
Boulder City, NV 89005
(702) 486-5933
Passengers will be able to ride in refurbished enclosed air-conditioned/heated Pullman Coaches, which date to 1911. For the more adventurous passengers who wish to be closer to nature we offer an open-air coach and for passengers who need assistance boarding the train, we have an ADA/Handicapped coach with a lift for wheelchairs and passengers needing additional assistance.
Rides are available every Saturday and Sunday.
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For a complete list of all the local events in and near Yuma, Arizona visit the Yuma Visitors Center. Events & Festivals. Dining, Hotels, Shopping, Business directories and more information for the area. A lot to see here!

For Listings of Events at Anza-Borrego State Park
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Free Fishing Days! 2017
Arizona ------- 6/3/17
New Mexico - 6/4/17
  Nevada ------- 6/10/17
  Utah ----------- 6/10/17

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June 4th, 2017
Red Rock Reptiles!
Location: Red Rock State Park
4050 Red Rock Loop Rd., Sedona, AZ
Learn about snakes and other reptiles in the Sedona area. Russell L. Dunn of Red Rock Reptiles and his crew of dedicated reptile rescuers will share with you the beauty and importance of Arizona's snake populations. You will also learn the correct responses when encountering snakes while walking on a trail or even at your own home. This interactive presentation, which includes live reptiles, will take place in the Theater at Red Rock State Park. Reservations are required, please call: 928-282-6907. Time: 2:00pm. "THIS IS A CHILD FRIENDLY EVENT"

June 9th, 2017
Full Moon Hike at Red Rock State Park
Location: Red Rock State Park
4050 Red Rock Loop Rd, Sedona, AZ
Moonlight Hikes are among the most popular interpretive hikes at Red Rock State Park. Led by a knowledgeable naturalist, hikers get the rare opportunity to enjoy the sunset and moon rise from a park overlook and return by the light of the moon. The hike lasts two to 2 1/2 hours and covers a distance of approximately two miles. A $5.00 reservation fee is required in addition to regular park entry fees. Time: 6:15pm. Registration closes the day before the hike. No new reservations will be accepted on the day of the hike. 
Call - (928) 282-6907.

June 10th, 2017
Learn Your Lizards Guided Walk
Location: Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park
37615 E US Highway 60, Superior, AZ
This entertaining guided tour around the gardens is not just for kids -- popular Lizard Walks are for all who enjoy Arizona's most common, colorful and charismatic little reptiles. There's no additional fee to attend Lizard walks and other nature tours here, and no pre-registration necessary, just be in our Visitor Center breezeway at start time.
Time: 8.00am.

June 10th, 2017
40th Annual Parker Tube Float
Location: Buckskin Mountain State Park
5476 AZ-95, Parker, AZ
Join us on June 10, 2017 for "40 Floatin' Years!" on the beautiful Colorado River in Parker, AZ. The Great Western Tube Float, more commonly referred to as the Parker Tube Float, will launch at Buckskin Mountain State Park and finish at La Paz County Park just south of Pirate's Den in the event area. Time: 8am - 4pm. Tube Float Fee: $20 per person.
Call - (928) 669-2174.

June 10th, 2017
Family Fish Fiesta
Location: West Wetlands Park Pond
282 N 12th Ave., Yuma, AZ
This is a fun fishing competition for the entire family. Plaques will be awarded in both the youth and adult "Biggest" and "Littlest" Fish categories. The Arizona Game and Fish Department will be on hand, providing a limited number of fishing poles to borrow, and bait to use. During this event only, an Arizona fishing license for participants 14 and older will not be required.
Ages: All ages welcome. Fee: FREE Time: 7:00 AM to 10:00 AM.

June 25th, 2017
Edible & Medicinal Plants of the Sonoran Desert Guided Walk
Location: Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park
37615 E US Highway 60, Superior, AZ
Please note: this guided tour explores the Curandero Trail, which has steep sections that are not suitable for visitors who use wheelchairs or walkers. Walk the Curandero Trail on a slow-paced tour guided by ethnobotanist and member of the Choctaw nation Dave Morris as he explains ways prickly pear cacti, ratany, agaves and jojobas have fed, healed and clothed Sonoran desert peoples for more than 1,000 years. Time: 8am.

June 9th & 10th, 2017
The 5th Annual MetalCloak Stampede
Location: Rancho Cordova, CA - West
100+ drivers are expected to compete! The course will consist of a 2-mile lap, all visible to spectators, filled with rock obstacles, tight turns and go-fast sections. The top 10 finishers not already qualified for KOH will earn qualifying spots at this and each regional event this year. This is a great, family-friendly spectator event If you've ever wanted to see ULTRA4 racing in person, you won't want to miss this! For More Info: Click Here

June 10th & 11th, 2017
Ontario Truck & Jeep Fest
Location: Convention Center
2000 E. Convention Center Way, Ontario, CA
At the 4 Wheel Parts Truck & Jeep Fest you'll find custom trucks and Jeeps, product demonstrations. Free Admission.
Saturday, June 10, 2017 - 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Sunday, June 11, 2017 - 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
For More Info: Click Here

June 16th - 17th, 2017
Location: Ice House/Rubicon area of Eldorado National Forest, CA
Our Hi-Landers Poker Run is an outstanding Four Wheel Drive Event with something for the whole family. This run uses parts of the famous Rubicon Trail. Entering at the Loon Lake Spillway, working its way through the Bowl up the Slabs down the Waterfalls and heads out through Wentworth Springs Camp Ground. For More Info: Click Here

June 3rd, 2017
Amigos Hike
Location: Cerrillos Hills State Park
37 Main St., Cerrillos, NM
A volunteer-led hike geared toward hiking devotees wanting to stretch their legs and cover ground. Exact length and route will be determined by the hike leader with group input. Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Fees: $5 per vehicle. Contact: park staff: 505-474-0196

June 3rd, 2017
Saturday Morning Nature Walk
Location: Heron Lake State Park
640 State Road 95, Los Ojos, NM
Join our Park Naturalist for a nature walk through the trails of Heron Lake. Hikes are tailored to the abilities of the group and all ages are welcomed. Other hike times are available on prior request. All hikes start at the Visitor Center. Time: 9:30 AM - 10:45 AM Fees: Regular Entrance Fee. Contact: Rob Smith 575 588 7470

June 3rd, 2017
Star Party
Location: Oasis State Park
1891 Oasis Rd., Portales, NM
Join park staff and the Clovis Astronomy Club for a night of star gazing on June 3, 2017. This will take place in the visitor center parking lot at dusk. Regular entrance fees apply for non-annual permit holders. All ages are invited to attend. No pets will be allowed at this event. Bring your binoculars, telescopes, red lense flashlights, etc. if you have them and enjoy a night of learning under the stars. **The park may provide binoculars to borrow for the event.** Park entrance fees do apply for non-annual permit holders. Time: 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM Fees: Regular Entrance Fee. Contact: Valerie Russ 575-356-5331

June 3, 2017
Bird Walk
Location: Rio Grande Nature Center State Park
2901 Candelaria Rd., NW Albuquerque, NM
Join us for a guided Bird Walk at the Rio Grande Nature Center State Park. Volunteer Naturalists will lead you as you discover the amazing birds at the park. Bring your binoculars for a close-up view. Participants are asked to whisper during the walk. Meet your guide at the northeast corner of the parking lot, near the viewing wall. Groups, please contact the park. Individual registration is not required. Park day use fee ($3) or display of valid park pass applies. Call for additional information. Time: 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM Fees: Regular Entrance Fee. Contact: Front Desk (505)344-7240

June 9th, 2017
Full Moon Walk
Location: Living Desert Zoo & Gardens State Park
1504 Miehls Drive N., Carlsbad, NM
Visitors stroll through the zoo with trained tour guides by the light of the full moon. This is a beautiful time to experience the park. You may even hear the wolves howl! Reservations are required. Call (575) 887-5516. Time: 8:00 PM - 09:30 PM
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee.

June 10th, 2017
Plants and Wildflowers
Location: Cerrillos Hills State Park
37 Main St., Cerrillos, NM
Join the park's herbarium curator Pete Peterson for this look at plants & wildflowers. We will begin by exploring the area around the main parking lot before moving on to look at flora along one or more trails. Time: 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Fees: $5 per vehicle. Contact: park staff 505-474-0196

June 10th, 2017
26th Annual Chili Cookoff
Location: Elephant Butte Lake State Park
101 Hwy 195, Elephant Butte, NM
Come join us for the 26th annual chili cook off challenge. Come promote Elephant Butte and T or C, NM with food that New Mexico is known for. Red and green chili. Time: 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM Fees: Regular Entrance Fee. Contact: Brenda Nelson 505-604-5046

June 11th, 2017
Donkey Hike
Location: Cerrillos Hills State Park
37 Main St., Cerrillos, NM
Donkeys played an important role in the mining history of the Cerrillos Hills. Come walk the trail with live Donkeys and see the tack and gear they wore and how they helped miners. Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM. Fees: $5 per vehicle.
Contact: park staff 505-474-0196

June 17th, 2017
Bats-Mysteries With Wings
Location: Heron Lake State Park
640 State Road 95, Los Ojos, NM
Join Naturalist Chris Judson in an interactive slideshow to learn of the habitat, food supply and the huge numbers of our mysterious night-time neighbors. Time: 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM. Fees: Regular Entrance Fee. Contact: Rob Smith 575 588 7470

June 3rd, 2017
National Trails Day Festival
Location: Spooner Lake State Park
(.25 miles north of Highway 50 on State Route 28 in Glenbrook, NV.)
The event will include: educational booths, talks relating to the outdoors, free gear demos, workshops, raffles and pictures with the TRTA mascot, McLeod the Marmot. Sample backpacker's cuisine, participate in stove demos, pack shakedowns and water sugar pine seedlings. Test your rock shaping skills, fix a flat tire, read a map and more. As part of the celebration, a Park Ranger will be leading a 2-mile guided hike around Spooner Lake. Bring water and wear sturdy boots. Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
COST: Free. Entry fees to the park are waived for the event.
CONTACT: Josh Rhein, 775-749-5980

June 9th - June 11th, 2017
SNORE Caliente 250
Location: Caliente, NV
For More Info. & Map: Click Here

June 3rd, 2017
Thelma & Louise Half Marathon and Relay
Location: Moab, UT
The Thelma & Louise Half Marathon is a fun, fast course full of surprises. Well-stocked aid stations, and characters from the movie are on course during this scenic 13.1 mile run. You can enter this event as an individual or as part of a dynamic duo relay team! Call: 435-259-4525. For More Info: Click Here

June 4th, 2017
Whooo's The Cutest Of Them All?
Location: Antelope Island State Park
4528 W 1700 S. Syracuse, UT
No matter how hard they try to look formidable with their disdainful stare and glowering owl scowl, burrowing owls are not only very cute but entertaining to watch! This comical owl is unique among the world's 200 species of owls. Join us for a presentation by the park biologist to learn more about this popular resident of Antelope Island. We will than go for a hike - (may need to drive) to look for these owls.
Meet in the Visitor Center theater room at 5:00 pm. Part of this presentation will take place in the outdoors. Please dress appropriately. Along with your camera bring drinking water and bug repellent. For more information contact: Ranger Ellen Labotka by email: The program will conclude at 7:00 pm.

June 9th - 10th, 2017
Vision Relay formerly Rockwell Relay
Location: Moab, UT
Road Bicycle Relay from Moab to St.George. 4 person teams cover the course now stop in a relay format. Starts at Swanny park in waves at 7am, 9am, and 11am.
Call: 801-888-3233. For More Info: Click Here

June 10th, 2017
Dawg Days of Summer BBQ
Location: Moab, UT
Join us Saturday June 10th from 5:00-8:00pm at Old City Park for our annual Dawg Days of Summer BBQ and Silent Auction Benefit for Humane Society of Moab Valley. Relax and enjoy live music while treating your taste buds to a delicious backyard BBQ catered by Blu Pig. You won't want to resist bidding on the many luxury gift items at our silent auction! Call: call 435-259-4862. For More Info: Click Here

June 10th, 2017
Paddle! Peddle! Paddle! - PCSUP
Location: Jordanelle State Park, 515 UT-319, Heber City, UT
The event will take place at the Rock Cliff ramp, along the shoreline, and on the Perimeter Trail. Athletes will start on their stand up paddle boards, then mountain bike on the trail, then back to the boards to finish. The trail and ramp area may be congested. Please plan accordingly. This event will start and end at Rock Cliff. For More Info: Click Here

June 24th - 25th, 2017
Loors Short Course Racing
Location: Utah Motorsports Campus
2901 North Sheep Lane, Tooele, UT
For More Info & Driving Direction: Click Here