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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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           Have Fun & Be Safe
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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August is the month for
Meteor Showers!

   We'd like to thank all the viewers who have sent in events to help keep us updated, Thanks so much!

The Perseid's, Capricornids, Delta Aquarids,
Piscis Austrinids, Alpha Capricornids,
Iota Aquarids and don't forget the
Total Eclipse on August 21st.!

August 1st to August 4th, 2017
Southwest Wings Annual Birding and Nature Festival in Sierra Vista, Arizona
Location: Kartchner Caverns State Park
2980 AZ-90, Benson, AZ
Come participate in the 22nd annual event of outdoor activities for birders of all ages. This is Arizona's longest running nature festival and is ranked as one of best birding festivals in the United States. Enjoy the great selection of field trips, free programs, displays, vendors and information that will be available every day. It all takes place right here - in our spectacular high desert environment of Sierra Vista and Cochise County. Serious and beginning birders come together for three days of birding and nature programs. Learn about other wildlife such as reptiles, butterflies and beavers also.
For More Info:  Click Here

August 4th, 2017
Guided Bird Walk Friday with Lisa & Peggy
Location: Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park
37615 E US Highway 60, Superior, AZ
A dozen Yellow-breasted Chats were counted during the annual spring migrant bird census; visit this week to hear their vocal chorus around the gardens. Sharpen your birding skills on a Sunday bird walk at 6:30 a.m. What colorful birds are likely during summer months? Read the latest intel about BTA bird sightings. Time: 6:30 a.m.

August 5th, 2017
Dragonfly Walks at Boyce Thompson Arboretum
Location: Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park
37615 E US Highway 60, Superior, AZ
Photographer and dragonfly fan Roger Racut guides 'an odonate excursion' and interpreted walking tour to Ayer Lake and garden water features -- a chance to learn about these beautiful, fascinating insect predators. Bring your camera - guides for this walk safely net a few dragonflies for visitors to view and photograph close-up, before releasing the insects unharmed. Time: 8:30am.

August 6th, 2017
Sunday Lecture: Rafting the Grand Canyon: A Journey Through Space and Time!
Location: Red Rock State Park
4050 Red Rock Loop Rd., Sedona, AZ
Jan will speak primarily about rafting the Grand Canyon but also a little about the geology, archaeology, and history of boating the Grand Canyon with a focus on the adventure and magical beauty of a place unlike any other on earth. This presentation is included with your park entry fee. $7 for adults (14+) $4 for youth (6-13). Time: 2:00pm. However, seating is limited and reservations are required, call Red Rock State Park at (928) 282-6907 to reserve your seats.

August 11th, 2017
Learn Your Lizards Guided Walk
Location: Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park
37615 E US Highway 60, Superior, AZ
Lizard Walks guided by Casa Grande outdoor educator Wild Man Phil and his son, Arch, are among the Arboretum's most popular Summertime guided nature walks, popular with kids -they're an equal lure 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 the Visitor Center breezeway at start time. Time: 8:00am.

August 12th, 2017
Arizona Rough Riders - FREE Event!
Location: Riordan Mansion State Historic Park
409 W Riordan Rd., Flagstaff, AZ
The Arizona Rough Riders is a living history group which brings the Spanish-American War era (1898) to life. Dressed in authentic period dress of the famous Rough Riders, and their ladies, and carrying 100 year old weapons for the public's examination, the Arizona Rough Riders describe the era, the war, the effects, and the social mores of turn of the century America. Time: 10:00 am.

August 17th, 2017
Celebrate the Heat on Main Street!
Location: Main St., Yuma, AZ
The city of Yuma's Heritage Festivals invites you to Celebrate the Heat on Main Street with:
Live music and entertainment
Great food - try something new at one of the many food vendors and Downtown Yuma restaurants
Shopping - score a unique find at a booth or one of the Downtown Yuma shops
Family fun - jumpers, face painting and more! Time: 6 p.m. - 11 p.m.

August 18th, 2017
Superior Prickly Pear Culinary Festival!
Location: Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park
37615 E US Highway 60, Superior, AZ
Admission is free at the 6th annual Prickly Pear Festival in Superior! This annual 'prickly pear-palooza' is a unique local event that celebrates all things Opuntia, plus mesquite and other desert edibles, too. Cactus cuisine at participating local restaurants means menu items from red chile burros with nopalitos; eggrolls with prickly pear-singer sauce, and prickly pear margaritas. And each of the past two years Valley home-brewer Garrick Schermer demonstrated his zymurgic magic brewing a fresh batch of beer - distinctively colored and flavored with prickly pear juice that he harvested. Time: 8:00 a.m.

August 26th, 2017
Agave Nectar, Nopalitos and a Taste of Desert Edibles with Jim Shepherd!
Location: Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park
37615 E US Highway 60, Superior, AZ
Learn about plants along our Curandero Trail on a leisurely guided walk with desert plant enthusiast Jim Shepherd. You'll see prickly pear cacti, mesquite trees and more! Plus, you'll have a chance to taste a few 'desert edible' samples ranging from prickly pear jelly to nopalitos, mesquite flour, and agave nectar. During his walk, Jim shares a synopsis of Arboretum history and narrates ways prickly pear cacti, ratany, agaves and jojobas have fed, healed and clothed Sonoran desert peoples for more than 1,000 years. ** Please note: this guided tour explores the Curandero Trail, which has steep sections that are not suitable for visitors who use wheelchairs or walkers. Time: 8:00 a.m.

August 10th - 13th, 2017
20th Rubicon Trail 2017
Location: Rubicon Trail, CA
Originally a Native American footpath, the Rubicon Trail was used by explorers in search of a clear path across the Sierra Nevadas. Today, Jeep® owners travel from all over to test their prowess on the most grueling 22 miles of off-road driving in America.
For More Info:   Click Here

August 5th, 2017
31st Annual Paddle Board Races!
Location: Bottomless Lakes State Park
545 A Bottomless Lakes Rd., Roswell, NM
Come and compete on our paddle boards against other park visitors to see who is the fastest on the water at Bottomless Lakes State Park/Lea Lake Recreation Area. Time: 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Fees: Regular Entrance Fee. Contact: Max Michanczyk 575-624-6058

August 5th, 2017
Beat The Heat Hike
Location: Cerrillos Hills State Park
37 Main Street, Cerrillos, NM
Of course, summer means warmer temperatures in the hills. Come beat the heat on this volunteer-led, guided Amigos hike. Time: 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM Fees: $5 per vehicle. Contact: park staff 505-474-0196

August 5th, 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

August 5th, 2017
Summer Wings 2017
Location: Rio Grande Nature Center State Park
2901 Candelaria Rd., NW Albuquerque, NM
Join us in celebrating our winged friends at the 24th annual Summer Wings Festival at Rio Grande Nature Center State Park on Saturday, August 5th! RGNCSP BioBlitz! - Join birders, scientists, and naturalists in identifying and photographing as many species as possible! Learn about insects, birds, plants, and many other organisms at Rio Grande Nature Center State Park! This will be a citizen science adventure for all ages! visitor center activities: Wildlife Rescue, Inc. of NM will have rescued birds of prey Crafts and Activities for Kids Bird Identification with Central New Mexico Audubon Society demonstrations: 9-11am: Hummingbird Banding Demonstration with Bill Talbot 10am - noon: Dragonfly capture and release at the Discovery Pond with Karen Gaines walks: 8:30am- Bird Walks 9am- Bug and Bird Walk for Kids 9am- Porcupine and Plant Walk 11am- Walk to the Rio Grande & Water Conversation with John Fleck. Time: 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM Fees: Regular Entrance Fee. Contact: Front Desk 505-344-7240

August 12th, 2017
Gila Monsters and Beaded Lizards
Location: Cerrillos Hills State Park
37 Main St., Cerrillos, NM
North and South America's most legendary lizards. Jerry Tuttle will bring live lizards, share their lore and legend and help you learn about the unique qualities of their venom. See these living fossils from the time of T-Rex. Time: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Fees: Donations welcome. Contact: park staff 505-474-0196

August 12th, 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 August 12, 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

August 19th, 2017
Snakes - Scary or Surprising
Location: Heron Lake State Park
640 State Road 95 Los Ojos, NM
Join Naturalist Chris Judson in an interactive slideshow to learn of our reptilian neighbors, their role in maintaining the rodent populations, popular myths about snakes, how they hunt and how they hide, and the types of snakes we find in the park. Time: 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM Fees: Regular Entrance Fee. Contact: Rob Smith 575-588-7470

August 21st, 2017
Eclipse of the Sun!
Location: Sugarite Canyon State Park
211 Highway 526 Raton, NM
Join a ranger from Sugarite Canyon State Park to observe this spectacular solar eclipse as the moon comes between our planet and our favorite star--the sun! We will observe the partial eclipse using eclipse glasses and specially filtered telescopes. (Note: New Mexico will see a partial eclipse. Other states will see a total eclipse.) Time: 10:00 AM - 01:15 PM Fees: Regular Entrance Fee. Contact: Pat Walsh 575-445-5607

August 26th, 2017
Mining History Hike
Location: Cerrillos Hills State Park
37 Main St., Cerrillos, NM
On this guided hike you will be introduced to the origins and practices of mining in the hills during the past 1,000 years. Learn how natural history influenced cultural history of the Cerrillos Mining District. Time: 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM Fees: $5 per vehicle.
Contact: park staff 505-474-0196

August 18th, 2017
"Vegas To Reno"
Location: Host Hotel Texas Station,Vegas, NV
"The Longest Off-Road Race in the United States!"
It will be a 1-day race, approximately 550 miles! The race will be on Friday, August 18, 2017 and run into Saturday morning.
For More Info: Click Here

August 5th, 2017
Cove Fort Days!
Location: Highway 161se, Beaver, UT
Come celebrate Cove Fort's sesquicentennial with fun for the whole family. Enjoy entertainment, wagon & stagecoach rides, pioneer village, living history exhibits and FREE food! Time: 9:00 am - 7:30 pm. Admission is FREE.

August 5th, 2017
Cedar Breaks National Monument Star Party!
Location: Point Supreme Overlook, Cedar Breaks National Monument
21 miles East of Cedar City on Hwy U-148
Join park rangers for a night sky program and star party every Saturday night (Memorial Day-Labor Day, Sept & Oct staff permitting) at Point Supreme. Beginning shortly before sunset, rangers lead a presentation on a night-sky related topic. As the skies darken, you'll have a chance to get an up-close look at celestial wonders (such as the Moon, Jupiter, Saturn, star clusters, and nebulae) through several large telescopes. No reservations are needed…just show up! Time: 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Cost: $5.00

August 9 - 12th, 2017
Washington County Fair
Location: Washington County Fairgrounds
5500 West 700 South, Hurricane, Ut
Washington County Fair, Biggest fair south of Salt Lake City. Something for everyone. One time events to match the theme each year. Great weather.
For More Info: Click Here

August 12th, 2017
Flyin' Brian - Mtn Bike Race!
Location: Brian Head Resort - Giant Steps
329 South Hwy U-143, Brian Head, UT
This is one of the coolest mountain bike races of the year. Racers will compete against one another for the crown. Part of the Go-Ride Gravity Series and offers some of America's best gravity racing. Downhill mountain bike enthusiasts are offered the perfect conditions for downhill racing at Brian Head Resort. The top three racers in each division will receive awards at the conclusion of each race, as well as the conclusion of the entire series. Winning is based on cumulative points. An after party and awards ceremony will be hosted at the Last Chair Saloon! Time: 9:30 am - 6:00 pm.

August 19th, 2017
Mud Bog!!!
Location: Iron County Fair Grounds
E 40 South, Parowan, UT
Gates open 4:30 pm for advance tickets holders and 5 pm general admission. This year's Mud Bog promises to be the most fun you'll have all summer. So bring a date, or the whole family, and enjoy some down-and-dirty fun as trucks and ATVs try to plough their way through a deep pit of mud. Come cheer on your favorite vehicle as they spin out of control with their drivers vying for top prize money. There are eight different classes this year. Drivers can compete in ATV 500 & Under, ATV 600 & over, Two-wheel drive, 4×4 stock, 4×4 super stock, 4×4 modified, and 4×4 pro-modified, depending on the vehicle and age. Cost: $9 adults & $5 kids/Sr For tickets and information call: 435-477-8380.

August 26th, 2017
ICF: Demolition Derby
Location: Iron County Fair Grounds
E 40 South, Parowan, UT
Demolition Derby & Mini-Car Races 6:00 pm Mini Car Races & 7:00 pm Derby at the Iron County Fairgrounds Grandstand (Parowan), tickets are $9 adults and $5 children & Seniors. This year's Demolition Derby will also feature Mini Car Races - compact cars racing in a figure eight - and a Wipe Out category. Bring your friends and family and come early for a good seat. Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm For information call 435-477-8380

August 31st, 2017
Iron County Fair!
Location: Iron County Fair Grounds
E 40 South, Parowan, UT
Iron County Fair held at the Iron County Fair Grounds in Parowan. Admission is FREE to the fair, events in the Grand Stands such as the rodeo, mud bog, demolition derby, etc…do have a small admission fee. Exhibits include horse races, equestrian events, rodeo, carnival, exhibits, car show, live entertainment & Miss Iron County Fair pageant. Time: 9:00 am - 11:55 pm
Contact the Iron County Fair for daily schedule at 435-477-8380 or   Click Here

August 31st, 2017
Hurricane Peach Days!
Location: Downtown - Hurricane, UT
Peach Days, "A Celebration of our Heritage", is once again drawing near! This year's event will be held Thursday, August 31 through Saturday, September 2. Be sure to bring your appetite. Food booths with all your favorite mouth-watering options will be on hand. All Day! Admission: Free For More Info: Click Here