19th Annual Cowboy Days
March 3, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
March 4, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Museum’s biggest annual event returns for its 19th year as we celebrate the state’s ranching traditions and Western way of life. Cowboy Days features mounted shooting by the Borderland Pistoleros Cowboy Mounted Shooting Club, the second-annual CASI Chili Cook-Off, chuck wagon cooking, living history characters, gunfight re-enactments, a fashion show and skit by Enchantment Historical Productions, cowboy music, working dogs (Sunday only), food and craft vendors, a plant sale, children’s activities, demonstrations, and rides that include ponies, a mechanical bull, a miniature train, and a stagecoach. New to Cowboy Days is a “Sheep to Shawl” program that takes place on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission to Cowboy Days is $5 for everyone 5 and older. No passes or discounts. At 7 p.m. on March 3, country music’s Josh Grider will have an indoor concert and dance. Ticket information for his performance is available at www.joshgrider.com.
Ranch Life in the San Andres Mountains
March 8, 7 p.m.
Historian Dale Owen will present a program titled, “Memories of Ranch Life in the San Andres Mountains,” in this month’s Culture Series. The Love Owen Ranch was located northeast of Las Cruces on what is now White Sands Missile Range. Positioned in the San Andres Mountains north of Highway 70 between Las Cruces and Alamogordo, the area is of historic interest from the Apache and U.S. Cavalry days, early mining operations, and Las Cruces history with names such as the Luceros, Pat Garrett, and A.B. Fall. Operated as a cattle ranch during the 1940s and ’50s, it was among the several ranches the U.S. government desired for a bombing test range during World War II, and so began the long good-bye to a wonderful way of living for these families. The slides will show life on a flourishing ranch, as well as what the area looks like today.
Dale Owen is a second-generation El Pasoan with ties to southern New Mexico. He attended Austin High School in El Paso, earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Texas Western College, and a master’s degree from UTEP. He taught history at Bowie High School for 31 years and currently lives in southern Dona Ana County.
Admission to the presentation is free.
All About Tracks
March 21, 1-3 p.m.
Come discover the animals that live in the desert. Participants will learn how to look for tracks, scat and sign to identify animals. Children will use hands-on discovery with the help of field guides. Recommended for 3rd- through 5th-graders. The fee is $3 per child/parent. Space is limited, reserve your spot by calling LuAnn Kilday at 575-522-4100.
March 31, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Children and parents are invited to learn to weave using a paper loom. Yarn and a loom will be provided. Participants will learn how to weave a plain pattern to create a small woven creation they can take home. This activity is suited for children age 5 and older. Free with regular paid Museum admission, and no registration required.
New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum
4100 Dripping Springs Road
Las Cruces, NM 88011
A Division of the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs