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2019 NM Outdoor Economics Conference

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Grant County Veterans Memorial Business & Conference Center

3031 Highway 180 East

Silver City, New Mexico 88061

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October 3-4, 2019 The New Mexico Outdoor Economics Conference is a unique opportunity for community leaders, entrepreneurs, and advocates to learn successful economic development strategies connected to protected public lands. This conference will highlight national leaders in the outdoor recreation industry who have developed successful policies and businesses. Citizens and leaders from across New Mexico and beyond who are interested in developing and enhancing their outdoor recreation economy are encouraged to attend.


Conference Goals:

1. Showcase and encourage successful local and state governmental strategies for promoting and growing the outdoor recreation industry.

2. Provide new ideas and success stories to outfitters and members of the hospitality industry for promoting the outdoor recreation industry and protected public lands.

3. Promote and enhance the support and stewardship of protected public lands to policy makers in order to create jobs and grow the outdoor recreation economy.

4. Collaboratively explore new ways to increase well-paying job opportunities and economic development for rural and gateway communities most proximate to protected public lands.

5. Highlight the importance of growing our state’s outdoor economy in a sustainable and equitable manner for the benefit of our land and people.


*During registration please choose 1 complimentary tour for Oct. 4th. See descriptions Below:


Tours

  1. Aerial Tours of the Gila River from EcoFlight

    Meeting Times: 12:00 pm on Oct. 4th

    Where to Meet: Grant County Airport

    Leader: Jane Pargiter and Bruce Gordon

    How Long: 30 minutes/flight

    What to Bring: Camera

    Group Limit: 4 people/flight X 4-5 flights

    Age Limit: under 18 will need a parental waiver,

    *Can accommodate people with Disability.

    *Need participant weight due to weight balance purposes

    Description: Enjoy the Gila Wilderness in all of its grandeur from an aerial perspective. Fly towards the Mogollon Box, up the Gila River towards the Gila Hot Springs and back.

  2. Mountain Bike Ride at Dragonfly Trail

    Trip Time: 3 hours

    Where to Meet: Dragonfly Trailhead off of Highway-180

    Leader: Martyn Pearson

    How Long: 8 miles total

    Difficulty: Multi-level, Beginner Friendly

    Terrain: Relatively Flat

    What to Bring: Water, mountain bike if have one

    Group Limit: 10 (Gila Hike and Bike-Bikes) 20 maximum with people bringing their own bikes

    Age Limit: 13+

    Description: During this scenic trail, riders can spot petroglyphs, enjoy looking for dragonflies and take in the breathtaking vistas.

  3. Audubon Birding Tour

    What: Audubon led birding hike along the Gila River

    Trip Time: 3hours

    Where to Meet: Grant County Conference Center

    Leader: Rachelle Bergmann

    How Long: 2 mile

    Difficulty: Easy

    Terrain: Mostly level with some brush to walk through. If the river is accessible at that time, there is a gentle slope and some walking will be on sand and maybe some cobble.

    What to Bring: Binoculars if you have them. (There will be a few extras available.) Snacks, Water, Hat/sun protection.

    Group Limit: 15

    Age Limit:12

    Description: Visit two fairly close, easily accessible, popular birding sites; Mangus Springs and the Iron Bridge. The first is a short road bordering private land with small marsh and creek. The Iron Bridge is an old road on Nature Conservancy land along the Gila River.

  4. Catwalk Hike

    Trip Time: 4 to 5 hours

    Where to Meet: Grant County Conference Center

    Leader: Will Ribban

    Hike Length: 2 miles roundtrip

    Difficulty: Easy

    Terrain: Developed Trail

    What to Bring: Hat, sturdy walking shoes, sunscreen, sunglasses, and plenty of water.

    Group Limit: 12

    Age Limit: 14 years old

    Description: Come see why Whitewater Creek, which flows through the Catwalk National Recreation Area is being proposed for Wild and Scenic River designation. The hike offers a fascinating glimpse into the geologic and historic foundations of southwest New Mexico. This hike takes you along the historic 1890's mining waterway, and a sense of place that creates images of an earlier time.

  5. Continental Divide Trail Hike

    Trip Time: 12pm

    Where to Meet: Conference Center Parking Lot

    Leader: CDT Coalition & Gila Hike and Bike

    How Long: 3 miles

    Difficulty: Easy to Intermediate

    Terrain: Easy, forested

    What to Bring: sturdy shoes, water, sunscreen, hat

    Group Limit: 15

    Age Limit: 18

    Description: Hike from the Little Walnut Trail-head north along the CDT. The area is forested, with some shade. It's the perfect hike for beginner and intermediate level hikers and a great way to see the Continental Divide Trail. A 25 minute drive from the conference center, this is one of the most popular trails in the Silver City area.

  6. Gila Cliff Dwellings Hike

    Trip Time: 4 hours

    Where to Meet: Grant County Convention Center

    Leader: NPS Staff

    Hike Length: 1 mile

    Difficulty: Moderately Strenuous

    Terrain: Unpaved trail with 185 ft of elevation gain. Stone steps

    What to Bring: Water, good shoes, camera

    Group Limit: 20 people

    Age Limit: None

    Description: Come and enjoy a hike that will showcase early history, amazing geology and scenery. For thousands of years, groups of nomadic people used the caves of the Gila River as temporary shelter. In the late 1200's, people of the Mogollon Culture decided it would be a good place to call home. They built rooms, crafted pottery and raised children in the cliff dwellings for about twenty years. Then the Mogollon moved on, leaving the walls for us as a glimpse into the past.

  7. Gila Middle Box Hike

    Trip Time: 5 hours

    Where to Meet: Grant County Convention Center

    Leader: Simon Sotelo

    Hike Length: 4 miles round trip

    Difficulty: Easy, with one stream crossing

    Terrain: Flat

    What to Bring: Water, hat, sunscreen, sturdy hiking shoes that can get wet, walking poles

    Group Limit: 12 participants

    Age Limit: 13

    Description: Join us for a journey down the rugged middle box through dense riparian habitat renowned for its excellent bird habitat and cultural artifacts- total of two river crossing.

  8. Mineral Creek Hike

    Trip Time: 6-7 hours

    Where to Meet: Grant County Convention Center

    Leader: Nathan Newcomer

    Hike Length: 4 mile round trip

    Difficulty: Moderate, dependent on water levels

    Terrain: Multiple water crossings (up to 30), minimal elevation gain

    What to Bring: Water, hat, sunscreen, sturdy hiking shoes that can get wet, walking poles

    Group Limit: 12 participants

    Age Limit: 16 years old

    Description: Enjoy spectacular views on this hike of narrow slot canyons, waterfalls and breathtaking geology full of color. Experience pink, orange and yellow rock formations as well as remnants of historic mining from the 1880’s. There are numerous river crossings.

  9. Rafting on the Gila River - Far Flung Adventures

    Trip Time: 4 hours

    Where to Meet: Grant County Convention Center

    Leader: Steve Harris

    Raft Trip Length: 2 ½ hours

    Difficulty: Moderate difficulty

    Terrain: Water

    What to Bring: Appropriate clothing that can get wet and dry quickly or is waterproof (cotton not recommended), hat, sunscreen, sunglasses

    Group Limit: 12 participants

    Age Limit: 16 years old min.

    Description: The scenery found all along the Gila River in the Mogollon Box is breathtaking. The color contrasts between the lush river corridor and the backdrop of sheer rock outcroppings are captivating. Stands of Fremont cottonwood, narrow leaf cottonwood, Arizona sycamore and Gooding’s willow are wide spread along the floodplain and characterize the area’s gorgeous setting

  10. Rafting on the Gila River - Gila Backcountry Services

    Trip Time: 5 to 6 hours

    Where to Meet: Grant County Convention Center

    Leader: Zack Crockett/ Keith Nadler

    Raft Trip Length: 2 ½ hours

    Difficulty: Moderate difficulty

    Terrain: Water

    What to Bring: Appropriate clothing that can get wet and dry quickly or is waterproof (cotton not recommended), hat, sunscreen, sunglasses

    Group Limit: 12 participants

    Age Limit: 16 years old min.

    Description: Start at the visitor center near the gila cliff dwellings at the confluence of the Middle Fork of the Gila River and West Fork of the Gila River and head down stream to the confluence of the East Fork of the Gila River.

  11. Gila Middle Box Hike

    Trip Time: 3 to 4 hours

    Where to Meet: Grant County Convention Center

    Leader: NM Wild

    Hike Length: 4 miles

    Difficulty: Moderate difficulty

    Terrain: Some elevation gain and loss, plus several river crossings

    What to Bring: Water, hat, sunscreen, sturdy hiking shoes that can get wet, walking poles

    Group Limit: 12 participants

    Age Limit: none

    Description: Join us for an adventure to the Mogollon Box to experience the proposed Gila River as Wild and Scenic. The scenery found all along the Gila River in the Mogollon Box is breathtaking. The color contrasts between the lush river corridor and the backdrop of sheer rock outcroppings are captivating. Stands of Fremont cottonwood, narrow leaf cottonwood, Arizona sycamore and Gooding’s willow are wide spread along the floodplain and characterize the area’s gorgeous setting.



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