Friends of Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge

Tour of the historic Thaw House and visit to the village of Loma Parda at Rio Mora National Wildlife Refuge

  • 04 Aug 2019
  • 11:30 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Rio Mora NWR

Learn about the natural and cultural history of unique part of the Mora valley in a trip to the scenic Rio Mora National Wildlife Refuge, formerly the Wind River Ranch, just west of Watrous. We will tour the historic Thaw House and visit to the village of Loma Parda at Rio Mora NWR. The Thaw House, built in the late 1880s, was the home of Governor O. A. Larrazola, New Mexico’s 4th Governor. Established in the mid-1800’s, the village of Loma Parda was a small agricultural community with strong ties to the Santa Fe Trail and nearby Fort Union. The village still has a few residents. Ruins of many of the historic structures and nearby homesteads are located on Rio Mora National Wildlife Refuge.

Phil Viarrial, director of the Pueblo of Pojoaque Bison & Agricultural Program, will lead a presentation covering the natural history of Northern New Mexico with a focus on the cultural significance of this region to native people. He will discuss the role of the Pueblo of Pojoaque in the Rio Mora Conservation Science Center partnership, describe how the Bison Program works, and the importance of bison within the Pueblo communities.

Interpretation of the ongoing conservation and restoration activities at the refuge will also be presented. 

$25.00 registration covers bus transportation and box lunch.

Limited attendance. 

Joe Zebrowski, Friends of Las Vegas NWR 


Friends of Las Vegas (New Mexico) National Wildlife Refuge

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