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Chihuahuan Desert Fiesta Celebrates Natural Wonders of the Franklin Mountains Saturday

The 13th Annual Chihuahuan Desert Fiesta at the Tom Mays section of Franklin Mountains State Park is planned for Saturday, September 30, from 9am to 3pm.

The free family event helps people connect with the great outdoors of the Franklin Mountains and is sponsored by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department with the help of volunteers from the Chihuahuan Desert Education Coalition. Organizes say the annual event attracts hundreds of people to the desert mountain park in Northwest El Paso.

The outdoor venue celebrates the natural wonders of the Chihuahuan Desert and Franklin Mountains State Park. Local environmental education groups will be on hand to offer free demonstrations, guided tours, guest speakers and informational booths designed to introduce the curious to the wonders of our fascinating desert.

Schedule of Events at the Entertainment Stage Area – End of the Loop Road next to the Exhibitor Tent Area

· 9:00am-9:15am- National Anthem
· 9:30am-10:00am- Cheerleading
· 10:00am-10:15am Zoo Animal Encounter
· 10:30am-11:00am- Story Telling(Marylyn Guida)
· 11:10am-11:35am- Martial Arts Demonstration
· 11:45am-12:15pm-Keyboarding/Piano
· 12:30pm-1:00pm- Rondalla Estudiantil
· 1:15pm-1:45pm- Ballet Folklorico (Champion Studio)
· 2:00pm-2:30pm- Belly Dancers

More on Geosciences Education Activities – Mini-field trips will run from 9am to 3pm, and will last only 30 minutes, with one exception. The short time means you will not be walking far. The geosciences do not only about understand the earth at your feet, but the vistas in the distance, and the sky above us.

Many of the following field trips may include a walk to a nearby place of higher elevation to get a better view. Hikers are encouraged to bring binoculars for the picturesque hike.

All mini-trips with the exception of trips 4 and 6 meet near the Restrooms at the End of the Loop Road to the right of the main stage and exhibit area.

Trip 1- 9:45 am to 10:45 am – Agave Loop for hikers interested in connecting to Mundy’s Gap.  See Park Map for Location.

Trip 2-10:30 am to 12:00 pm- Aztec Cave Trail is a 1.2 mile out and back trail that features a cave and is good for all skill levels.  See Park Map for Location.

Trip 3 – 11:00 am- 11:30pm- Short walk to elevation change.  Meet at the Trail head at the end of the loop road.

Trip 4 -11:00 am – 12:30pm –  Underground Copper Mine Tour, a maximum number of 15 participants with flashlights or headlamps. Meet at the Cottonwood Spring Parking Area. The hike is 1 mile round trip uphill over a rocky trail. Bring sturdy shoes, sunscreen, water, and a working flashlight. We will explore an underground tunnel which was part of an unsuccessful mineral entrepreneurial activity. Check out the blue grotto! See Park Map for Location.

Trip 5 -1:00 pm – 2:30pm –  Underground Copper Mine Tour, a maximum number of 15 participants with flashlights or headlamps. Meet at the Cottonwood Spring Parking Area. The hike is 1 mile round trip uphill over a rocky trail. Bring sturdy shoes, sunscreen, water, and a working flashlight. We will explore an underground tunnel which was part of an unsuccessful mineral entrepreneurial activity. Check out the blue grotto! See Park Map for Location.

Trip 6 -1:30 pm to 2:30 pm Upper Sunset Trail; is one of the shorter ones (1.3 miles) and offered some great views of the valley below.  Meet at the restrooms at the end of the loop road.

Trip 7- 2:00 pm to 2:30 pm Short Hike.  No elevation change. Meet at the Trail head at the end of the loop road.

Exhibitors attending the festival this year include New Mexico Farm, Ranch and Heritage Museum, Chamizal National Memorial, Hueco Tanks State Park, Aerial Tramway, Franklin Mountains State Park, Mexican Gray Wolf,  El Paso Parks and Recreation, Tech H2O, El Paso Zoo, International Boundary and Water Commission, Sierra Club, Women’s Voting, Franklin Mountains Wilderness Coalition, Greater Big Bend Coalition, Frontera Land Alliance, Texas Master Naturalist, UTEP, El Paso Fire Department, Sustainability and Resilience Office, Audubon Society, and Friends of the Rio Bosque.

Special thanks to our volunteers from the Chihuahuan Desert Education Coalition, Franklin Mountains State Park, City of El Paso Parks and Rec, El Paso Zoo, University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP).

For more information contact Franklin Mountains State Park at (915) 566-6441 or contact CDEC Committee Chair Carlos Rodriguez at 915-240-3311.

Chihuahuan Desert Fiesta to Feature Coyotes, Rhinos and More

Over the past eleven years thousands of El Pasoans attending the Chihuahuan Desert Fiesta at Tom Mays Park have discovered the rugged beauty of Franklin Mountains State Park.  On Saturday, residents will get an additional treat: Coyotes will be lurking in Franklin Mountains State Park this weekend. So will Rhinos.

Players with the El Paso Coyotes soccer team and the El Paso Rhinos hockey team will take part in the 12th annual Chihuahuan Desert Fiesta from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 17 at Tom Mays Unit off Transmountain Road.

Max the Coyote and Spike the Rhino, the official mascots for the teams, also will be there. The theme for this year’s celebration is “It’s Y(our) Desert”. It is an opportunity for our community to get together to celebrate our West Texas mountain region and our desert home, known as the Chihuahuan Desert.

The fiesta will feature music, dance groups, a prairie dog presentation, geology and biology activities, guided walks, Dutch oven cooking, animal displays, hikes, food and more.

The free event is held yearly to highlight Franklin Mountains State Park, which features an amazing landscape, hiking trails, and camping and picnic sites, surrounded by an undisturbed Chihuahuan Desert landscape.

Highlights of this year’s event will include local musician Brandon Baily Johnson opening the event with the National Anthem and playing to 10 a.m., a Chihuahuan Desert animal presentation at 11:30 featuring a prairie dog from the El Paso Zoo,  Serna Ranch Dutch Oven cooking and Cowboy coffee demonstration, guided walks and talks and education partner booths.

Live entertainment will be presented by the Parks and Recreation Department and local mascots will be attending helping to create a festive atmosphere and great photo ops for kids of all ages from 10am to noon.

The entertainment schedule will include – Champion Studio(Folkorico)- 12pm-12:30pm / Samathan Zumba Crew-(Low Impact Zumba)-12:45pm-1:15pm /Maru Zumba Crew-(Zumba)- 1:30pm- 2pm /April Ticket-(Duo)-2:15pm-2:45pm.

Please note that because of ongoing road construction this year access to Tom Mays and the fiesta is only westbound on the Trans Mountain Road (Loop 375).  The best and safest way to reach the park from the west side of El Paso is by taking I-10 east and then 54 north.  Exit on Loop 375 Trans Mountain Road, turn left under 54 and go west.

After passing over Smuggler’s Gap the park entrance will be on your right as you pass through the road construction zone.

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Annual Chihuahuan Desert Fiesta set for September 17th

The 12th Annual Chihuahuan Desert Fiesta is planned for September 17th, 2016. We want to cordially invite you to be part of this year’s festivities. The fiesta will take place in the Tom Mays Unit of Franklin Mountains State Park 9a.m. until 4 p.m.

The theme for this year’s celebration is “It’s Y(our) Desert”. It is an opportunity for our community to get together to celebrate our West Texas mountain region and our desert home, known as the Chihuahuan Desert.

There will be tent/canopy space, tables, and chairs available for your use. We hope that you’ll be available to participate that day and help make this a successful community event.

For more information contact Benny Pol and Liz DeMoultrie, CDF Committee – Chihuahuan Desert Education Coalition (915) 588-7200

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Schedule of events announced for Chihuahuan Desert Fiesta

Officials have released the schedule of events for 11th Annual Chihuahuan Desert Fiesta set for Saturday, September 19.

Jasper the opossum, short walks into the desert to learn about its geology, plants and wildlife and a full slate of local entertainment promises to make the 11th Annual Chihuahuan Desert Fiesta a fun day for all.

The free event located at the end of the loop road at the Tom Mays section of Franklin Mountains State Park on Saturday, September 19, from 9am to 3pm, is sponsored by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department with the help of volunteers from the Chihuahuan Desert Education Coalition.

 In addition to the events, participants have a chance at winning a 20” Freestyle Kent bike.  Fiesta attendees can pick up the Fiesta Scavenger Hunt at the Chihuahuan Desert Education Coalition booth and earn a free raffle ticket .

Fiesta planning committee chairs Benny Pol and Elizabeth Demoultrie have put together the following schedule of events. Pick up your copy at the entrance booth when you arrive.

Schedule of Guided Hikes (see descriptions below for more information)

9:00     Old and young volcanoes and faults present in Tom Mays Park and the surrounding region.
9:45     Oceans and Deserts of the past and present; sedimentary rocks in and visible from Tom Mays Park
10:00   Underground Mine Tunnel Tour
10:30   Climate and Clouds; our daily interfacing with the geosphere.
11:30   Interesting Sites and Facts, Geology overview of Landmarks with Clarence Cooper, UTEP Physics Professor
12:30   Dog Hike – Meet at Paws n Hooves Veterinary Services (short walk on trail across the way)
1:00     For the Love of Birds with Rick LoBello – Meet at Chihuahuan Desert Education Coalition booth (short walk)
1:30     Geophysical and Earthquake demonstrations
2:00     Underground Mine Tunnel Tour
2:15     Fossils

Schedule of Events at the Entertainment Stage Area at the End of the Loop Road next to the Exhibitor Tent Area

9:00               Gretchen McElroy, Trail Running in the Franklins
9:30               Crazy Cat Cyclery, Mountain Biking
10-10:30        El Paso Zoo Wildlife Presentation Featuring Jasper the Opossum
10:45-11:15   Zin Zumba
11:30-12        Champion Studio (Ballet Flokorico)
12:15-1:15     Danza Azteca Tlaneztica
1:30-2            Little Zills (Belly Dance)
2- 2:30pm      Adult Zills (Belly Dance)
   
Exhibitors attending the festival this year include El Paso Water Utilities, El Paso Zoo, Franklin Mountains State Park, El Paso Parks and Recreation, El Paso Community College Recycling Program, Wyler Aerial Tramway State Park, Hueco Tanks State Park, Defenders of Wildlife, UTEP Geology and Biology, Guadalupe Mountains National Park, El Paso Rock and Cactus Club, Friends of the Rio Bosque, Chamizal National Memorial Park Frontera Land Alliance, Trans Pecos Chapter Texas Master Naturalist, IBWC, Paws n Hooves Veterinary Services, The Ark, Crazy Cat Cyclery, Up and Running, TCEQ, El Paso Mineral and Gem Society, League of Women Voters

More on Geosciences Education Activities– Mini-field trips will run from 9am to 3pm, and will last only 30 minutes, with one exception.  The short time means you will not be walking far. The geosciences are not only about understanding the earth at your feet, but the vistas in the distance, and the sky above us.  Many of the following field trips may include a walk to a nearby place of higher elevation to get a better view.  Bring binoculars if you have them.  All mini-trips with the exception of trips 4 and 6 meet near the Restrooms at the End of the Loop Road to the right of the main stage and exhibit area.

Trip 1 – 9:00 am to 9:40 am – Old and young volcanoes and faults present in Tom Mays Park and the surrounding region led byProfessor Terry Pavlis and students.  For more information- 747-5570 or  tlpavlis@utep.edu.  Meet near the Restrooms at the End of the Loop Road.  ½ mile or less, easy walking. Bring sturdy shoes, hat, and water.  Earthquakes and volcanoes have occurred here in the geologic past.  Some geologic faults that form from earthquakes can be seen, and others inferred.  We will experience some of these events.

Trip 2 – 9:45 am to 10:15 am – .Oceans and Deserts of the past and present; sedimentary rocks in and visible from Tom Mays Park led by Professor Rip Langford and students.  For more information – 747-5968 or langford@utep.edu. Meet near the Restrooms at the End of the Loop Road.  ½ mile or less , easy walking. Bring besides sturdy shoes, hat, sunscreen, and water.  Oceans and deserts come and go throughout geologic time. Aspects of these events found within and visible from Tom Mays Park will be experienced and viewed; others will be inferred.

Trip 3 – 10:30 am to 11:15 am – Climate and Clouds; our daily interfacing with the geosphere.
Name of Program Leader led by Professor Tom Gill and students.  For more information –
747-5168 or tegill@utep.edu. Meet near the Restrooms at the End of the Loop Road.  No hiking is involved, just easy walking.  Climate and controversies are about us all the time.  Observations of real physical features available during the day will be made, observations of regional climatic variations will be discussed, and controversies will not be solved.  The interface between the earth and the air will be discussed.

Trip 4 -10:00 am to 11:30 am – Underground Mine Tunnel Tour; this trip requires a different meeting place and times, a restricted number of participants (15), and flashlights.  Program Leaders:  Professor Philip Goodell and Alex Mares.  For more information 747 5593 orgoodell@utep.edu. Meet at the Cottonwood Spring Parking Area.  The hike is 1 mile round trip and easy walking.  Bring sturdy shoes, hard hat, sunscreen, water and a working flashlight.   Mining is part of the history of humans. Most mineral exploration does not end in a mine; they are failures.  Today we will explore underground tunnels which were part of an unsuccessful mineral entrepreneurial activity. Check out the blue grotto!

Trip 5 – 1130 am to 1200 pm – Interesting Sites and Facts, Geology overview of Landmarks led by Physics Professor Clarence Cooper. Meet near the Restrooms at the End of the Loop Road.  ½ mile or less, easy walking. Bring sturdy shoes, hat, and water.

Trip 6- 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm –  Underground Mine Tunnel Tour; SEE INFORMATION ABOVE

Trip 7 – 1:30 pm to 2:05 pm – Geophysical and Earthquake demonstrations led by Professor Diane Doser and students.  For more information doser@utep.edu.  Meet near the Restrooms at the End of the Loop Road.  No hiking is involved. Bring hat, sunscreen and water.  Physics, chemistry, biology and math make up the study of the earth. Today, we will demonstrate simple laws of physics and how their study helps us understand the earth.

Trip 8 – 2:15 pm to 2:45 pm – Fossils led by Professor Kate Giles and students.  For more information 747-7075 or kagiles@utep.edu.  Meet near the Restrooms at the End of the Loop Road. ¼ mile Easy Walking.  Bring besides sturdy shoes, hat, sunscreen, water and a small hand held microscope (hand lens). The study of fossils has brought us such knowledge!  A variety of interesting fossils are present for our examination.  We are in a State Park, however, so please do not take samples home with you.

Every year the event attracts hundreds of people to the desert mountain park in northwest El Paso.

The outdoor venue celebrates the natural wonders of the Chihuahuan Desert and Franklin Mountains State Park. Local environmental education groups will be on hand to offer free demonstrations, guided tours, guest speakers and informational booths designed to introduce the curious to the wonders of our fascinating desert.

Special thanks to our volunteers from the Chihuahuan Desert Education Coalition, El Paso Community College and the Ysleta High School Environmental Academy, UTEP.   For more information contact Franklin Mountains State Park at (915) 566-6441.   Report any emergency by calling 911.

For more information contact Franklin Mountains State Park at (915) 566-6441 or visit www.chihuahuandesert.org

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