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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

September

Friday, September 17: Tree Spring Trail Hike. This hike is a 3.7-mile out-and-back trail and 944 feet of elevation gain. A great hike with shade on most of the trail and a scenic view at the top—great for a food break so bring a lunch or snack. Please still be prepared with a hat and plenty of water! This is a gentle incline, smooth packed trail and easy rocky areas. We will meet at the Tree Springs Trailhead Parking lot at 8 a.m. Appropriate Covid-19 precautions will be taken.
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Saturday, September 25: 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.
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October

Friday, October 15, 2021 – Sunday, October 17, 2021: Chaco Canyon Camp, Hike and Bike. Join us to camp at Gallo Campground in Chaco Canyon National Historic Park on Friday night. Come and enjoy the evening sky and meet new friends. This outing is appropriate for minors 16 or over accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. No dogs.
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Friday, October 15:  Las Conchas Trail Hike along the Jemez River East Fork. This five-hour long outing includes one hour of driving each way from departure point, along the lovely winding mountain Highway 4 with a photo stop at the Gilman tunnels and waterfall. Then we will lunch together after the hike at Los Ojos in Jemez Springs. Join us for a dose of nature and camaraderie. This hike is appropriate for children over 12 accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. No dogs.
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Saturday, October 16: Bosque Clean-up. Come join us at the Pueblo Montaño Open Space and Trailhead to pickup trash and celebrate our amazing open spaces. We’ll team-up for about one and half hours to clean-up the surrounding area. This is a great activity for families with children. Children 18 or under must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. If you love the bosque and our open spaces I hope you’ll join us!
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Saturday October 23 and Sunday October 25: Wilderness First Aid Course. The Sierra Club, Rio Grande Chapter and Kirtland Air Force Base, Outdoor Recreation are co-sponsoring a Wilderness First Aid course especially geared toward our members. This course is in high demand and typically fills-up months in advance.
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Friday, October 29:  Las Conchas Trail Hike along the Jemez River East Fork. This five-hour long outing includes one hour of driving each way from departure point, along the lovely winding mountain Highway 4 with a photo stop at the Gilman tunnels and waterfall. Then we will lunch together after the hike at Los Ojos in Jemez Springs. Join us for a dose of nature and camaraderie. This hike is appropriate for children over 12 accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. No dogs.
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November

No outings scheduled (yet)

December

Saturday, December 18: Full Moon Snowshoe Hike on Sandia Crest. Crisp night air and the reflection of the moon’s rays onto glistening snow. This three-hour long outing is approximately 2.5 miles round trip with 150 feet of elevation gain. We’ll cover tips for safely traversing on snowshoes and winter hiking. If there’s insufficient snow, we this will be a full moon hike. Sponsored by the Military Outdoors Program and everyone is welcome. Participants must be in good physical condition and tolerate high elevation. Appropriate for children over 14 with parent or legal guardian. No dogs, please.
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January 2022

Saturday, January 15: Intro to Snowshoeing on Sandia Crest. If you can walk, you can snowshoe! This three-hour long outing is approximately 2.5 miles round trip with 150 feet of elevation gain. We’ll cover tips for safely traversing on snowshoes and winter hiking. Sponsored by the Military Outdoors Program and everyone is welcome. Appropriate for children over 14 with parent or legal guardian. No dogs, please.
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