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Sierra Club outings are back!

Sierra Club Rio Grande Chapter outings are free and open to the public. Outings are listed in the quarterly Rio Grande Sierran, on our event calendar and also as a quarterly text listing. The Northern Group outings are generally listed on the Santa Fe Group Meetup site, and Chapter outings may also be listed on the Rio Grande Chapter Meetup site.

We offer hikes at all levels of difficulty, and the difficulty level is listed in each outing, along with trip and leader details. Below are general Sierra Club protocols for all outings.

  • Participants agree to abide by COVID-safe practices.
  • Participants must sign a standard Participation Agreement, required when registering for each outing.
  • Backcountry outings – participants must fill out a short medical form and provide it to the leader for backcountry outings or where a medical facility is more than one hour away. Forms will be destroyed or returned to the participant immediately following the outing.
  • Minors – the participation agreement must be completed and signed by parent or legal guardian (accompanied or unaccompanied).
  • Leaders may alter the destination or cancel a trip due to weather, unfavorable conditions, or insufficient number of participants.  The trip leader will contact you via the information you provided during registration.
  • Leaders reserve the right to turn away anyone whose experience or equipment appears unsuitable.
  • Dogs are permitted only if specifically noted in the trip details.
  • Bring water, lunch, sturdy hiking boots or shoes and clothing suitable for the weather.
  • All mileages are round-trip.

Interested in being a trip leader? Contact Outings Chair Terry Owen.

Click here for information about COVID-safe protocols
After a sixteen month hiatus, the Rio Grande Chapter resumed hikes, walks, and tours on July 5th. This is one of our most popular programs. The following COVID-19 protocols for Sierra Club Outings have been incorporated to help ensure the health and safety of our volunteers, participants and staff. These are subject to change based upon CDC and Sierra Club guidance. Thank you in advance for your patience and assistance.
  • Sign-up for outings will be through the chapter calendar only. Registration includes your contact information and required agreement forms.
  • If you’ve signed-up for an outing or event and begin to feel ill, please stay home and seek appropriate medical care.
  • No vaccine or test results are required and participants are not required to disclose their vaccination or test status. This means there may be both vaccinated and unvaccinated participants. It’s each participant’s choice to attend or not attend the outing with this knowledge.
  • Participants are welcome to wear masks if it makes them comfortable. Masks will be required for indoor components of an outing, while they are indoors. Masks are also required at all times for ICO outings participants, and in some other cases where minor children are participating.
  • If you should begin to feel ill or experience symptoms associated with COVID-19, during or after a Sierra Club outing, contact the Outings Leader so that they can notify other participants and club leadership for contact tracing purposes.
Click here for instructions on registering for an outing through the calendar
Registration for outings is through our online calendar only.
  • Select the appropriate month by using the left and right arrow buttons
  • Locate the event or outing for which you’d like to register
  • Click on the name of the outing or event and a registration form window will open
  • Provide the requested information in the registration form. Upon completion, click on the red “Submit” button at the bottom of the form.
  • If a liability waiver (participation agreement) is required to participate in the outing, a subsequent form will appear. Read and acknowledge the waiver (participants under the age of 18 will need a parent or legal guardian to complete the form with them) by checking the appropriate boxes at the bottom of the form. If you wish to submit a paper form instead, please request the form in advance from the Outings Leader listed in the announcement. Otherwise, click on the box labeled “Submit Digital Waiver”.
Click here to sign up for the Northern Group outings newsletter
You can send a message from your email account to listserv@lists.sierraclub.org, with the subject SUBSCRIBE RIO-NORTH-OUTINGS OR fill out the form below.
Click here for a current outings list

July 2022

Saturday, July 16: Yoga in The Mountains. Come celebrate the day with us. We’ll meet at the trailhead at 10:00 a.m. If you’d like to explore the wonders of nature, hiking and outdoor yoga in the company of really nice people this is the hike! We’ll embark on an easy 2.5 mile hike that incorporates a one hour outdoor yoga and mindfulness break midway. Includes 200 feet of elevation gain and amazing views of the mountains. Sponsored by the Sierra Club Military Outdoors Program and everyone is welcome. Limited to 15 participants, and children over the age of 12 are welcome when accompanied by parent or legal guardian. A $5 cash donation for the instructor would be appreciated. Appropriate Covid-19 protocols will be observed. Good dogs are permitted. Register for this outing no later than July 9.

Saturday, July 23: Bosque Bike Ride & Brunch. 8:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. This amazing riparian eco-system is right in our backyard so why not come and experience some single-track trails along the Rio Grande? Meet at the Alameda trailhead no later than 8:30 a.m. We’ll make a stop at the Rio Grande Nature Center to look for wildlife that call this area their home. We’ll proceed down to Bike-in Coffee to refuel and catch some live music and then retrace our route back to the trailhead. We’ll average 12-15 mph on this 18-mile non-technical ride which is rated as moderate. Multi-speed mountain or gravel bikes and e-bikes with wider tires and tire-sealant, only. Helmets and gloves are required. Children 14 and over with parent or legal guardian are welcome. Appropriate Covid-19 precautions will be taken. Sponsored by the Military Outdoors Program and all are welcome. Register for this outing no later than July 21.

Saturday, July 30: Outings Leader Training. Interested in becoming a certified Sierra Club outings leader? The first step in that journey is to successfully complete Outings Leader Training. This seven-hour course will provide you with the foundational information you need to lead safe, fun and inspiring outings such as hikes, bike rides and ambles. You don’t have to be a super outdoors person or an expert in ecology, either. If you’re a currently certified outings leader and have not yet received the new curriculum or its been approximately four years since you last attended this course, please sign-up. This course will be conducted virtually and all persons that register will be required to download the instruction packet which includes the training materials, handouts and reference materials. Those will be available along with a Zoom link, about one week before the course. Register no later than July 23rd at the link provided below. The requirements for becoming a certified Sierra Club Outings Leader are: Be a Sierra Club member. Be at least 18 years old. Complete Outings Leader Training. Complete a basic first-aid course. Successfully plan, publicize and complete a provisional outing with a currently certified outings leader. Register no later than July 26 at the link below. Register for this event.

August 2022

Friday, Aug 12: Gutierrez Hubbell House and Walk at Durand. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Easy hike with a bit of South Valley culture. Visit the Gutierrez Hubbell House (GHH) Open Space in the South Valley. A fine example of adobe architecture dating back to the 1860’s, the property includes 10 acres, much of which is farmed and also fed by an historic acequia. First, we will walk the perimeter trail which is an easy one-mile loop. Then we will be greeted by the staff and tour the museum. And since you have come to the South Valley, let’s then go over to Durand Open Space and do a two-mile loop in the Bosque. Three miles round trip. We will meet at the GHH parking lot at 8:45 a.m. No Dogs please. Appropriate Covid-19 precautions will be taken. Register for this outing no later than August 10.

Saturday, August 13: Yoga in The Mountains. Come celebrate the day with us. We’ll meet at the trailhead at 10:00 a.m. If you’d like to explore the wonders of nature, hiking and outdoor yoga in the company of really nice people this is the hike! We’ll embark on an easy 2.5 mile hike that incorporates a one hour outdoor yoga and mindfulness break midway. Includes 200 feet of elevation gain and amazing views of the mountains. Sponsored by the Sierra Club Military Outdoors Program and everyone is welcome. Limited to 15 participants, and children over the age of 12 are welcome when accompanied by parent or legal guardian. A $5 cash donation for the instructor would be appreciated. Appropriate Covid-19 protocols will be observed. Good dogs are permitted.Register for this outing no later than August 10.

September 2022

Tuesday, September 13: Zero Waste E-cycling Tour. 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Come find out what more you can e-cycle than just computers and cell phones. Meet at Albuquerque Computer & Electronics Recycling Company, 3726 Hawkins St. NE, Albuquerque. Meet in their parking lot by 9:55 a.m. to sign in. Masks are required as it is in a large warehouse. We will be standing the whole time. No dogs. Limited to 10 people. Register for this outing by September 7

Saturday, September 17: Yoga in The Mountains. Come celebrate National Yoga Month with us. We’ll meet at the trailhead at 10:00 a.m. If you’d like to explore the wonders of nature, hiking and outdoor yoga in the company of really nice people this is the hike! We’ll embark on an easy 2.5 mile hike that incorporates a one hour outdoor yoga and mindfulness break midway. Includes 200 feet of elevation gain and amazing views of the mountains. Sponsored by the Sierra Club Military Outdoors Program and everyone is welcome. Limited to 15 participants, and children over the age of 12 are welcome when accompanied by parent or legal guardian. A $5 cash donation for the instructor would be appreciated. Appropriate Covid-19 protocols will be observed. Good dogs are permitted. Register for this outing no later than September 10.

Sunday, September 18: Hike Under the Cottonwoods. 10:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m. We will start at the Rio Grande Nature Center parking lot for this easy one-hour-plus walk of approximately two miles and negligible elevation change. Enjoy the majesty of these old trees, open your senses to the sights and sounds of local inhabitants, maybe even spot a porcupine or coyote or hear the songs of birds on this early Fall trek. Children over 12 accompanied by parent or legal guardian are welcome. No dogs please. Wear comfortable shoes, bring water and a snack. Appropriate Covid-19 precautions will be taken. Register for this outing no later than September 4.

Friday, September 23: Salinas Pueblo National Monument Tour. 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tucked away in the middle of New Mexico you’ll find Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument. Its three distinct sites offer a glimpse into a unique time in history. These sites offer a quiet place to reflect on history, local archeology and the Land of Enchantment. This outing affords abundant photo opportunities. We’ll meet at the Lowe’s parking lot at 2001 12th Street, then proceed on I-40 East to Tijeras, head south on NM-337 with stops for hiking and sightseeing at Quarai, Abo and Gran Quivera. Wear comfortable attire and sturdy shoes. Bring clothing layers, sunscreen, water and a picnic lunch. We’ll return via I-25. Total hiking distance is less than two miles and 100 feet of elevation change. Appropriate Covid-19 precautions will be taken. No dogs, please. Register for this outing no later than September 17.

Tuesday, September 27 thru Wednesday September 28: Mesa Verde National Park Bike Tour. We will tour the remote Wetherill Mesa complex of spectacular Ancestral Pueblo cliff dwellings such as Long House, Step House and many more. This area at Mesa Verde was once accessed only by guided tours and overlooked by most visitors, but in recent years has been opened to all. The paved path that we will take was used by a trolley for those tours. The paved loop is five miles long with 200 feet of elevation change. We will stop at several sites that will require hikes to overviews of cliff dwellings and mesa top ruins, all of which are less than one-quarter mile from the paved path. Bike racks are available at most of these sites so bring bike locks. On Wednesday, September 28 we will tour the Chapin Mesa ruins loop. This tour will take us to Cliff Palace and many other well-known sites and will cover 12 miles and 500 feet of elevation change. This time of year, we should find the oaks at Mesa Verde dressed out in their autumn array of reds, golds, yellows and rusts. The weather should be mild. Participants are responsible for their own food and lodging. Camping in Mesa Verde National Park is available at Morefield Campground. Lodging in the Park is available at Far View Lodge. Check the Mesa Verde National Park website for reservation information. Camping and lodging outside the park can be secured in Cortez, Mancos or Durango, CO. Limited to 13 participants, 18 years-old and older. No dogs please. Sponsored by the Military Outdoors Program and all are welcome. Register for this outing no later than September 21.

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