Field Trip – La Pasada Encantada Trail

Please join us for our July field trip on 7/28.

We will meet at the SW corner of Hwy 82 and North Florida at 8 am, to carpool to the La Pasada Encantada Trail.

This is a 0.4 mile long interpretive trail for both the sighted and visually impaired.  It is an easy hike located just south of Cloudcroft and offers regular interpretive signs as well as signs in Braille.  The path of the trail is bordered by railroad ties allowing for easy use for those using assistive canes. It begins at Forest Road 24 B at a trail head immediately adjacent to the Sleepy Grass Campground and loops back to the starting point.  Those who wish to, can then cross the road to Sleepy Grass and walk there. Should be a great time of year for this area.

Bring snacks, water, sunscreen and good shoes.

Next…bring your cameras – NPSNM has announced a photography contest!

Join the Native Plant Society of New Mexico for our first statewide Native Plant Photo Contest, “Snap That Plant!”

Do you enjoy taking photos of all the wonderful diverse plant species of New Mexico? Got some awesome photos to share? We want to see them! We are calling on all photographers, young and old, to join us in our exploration of New Mexico’s native plants. Submit your native plant images— in the wild or in gardens; using plants as food or medicine; or interacting with people, animals, or insects— you name it! We want to showcase our community members and highlight the beauty of the Southwest. Get creative! Selected photographs will be featured in NPSNM publications and social media, as well as our 2019 Native Plant Calendar. You could win awesome prizes, get your photos featured by the local chapter or state-wide, while joining the fun in spreading awareness of native plants!

For more information on the contest and how to submit your photos visit:

Photos will be submitted to NPSNM online from now until September 30th and then the entries will be judged by each chapter.  There will be a winner from each chapter in both an adult and youth category, who will then move on to the state level a grand winner will be chosen from each category.

If you are interested in judging, contact Jen Gruger at (505) 710-2924 or jengruger “at”