Upcoming Events

Scientist Saturday

Mornings at the

Chihuahuan Desert Nature Park

Feb 18th

March 18th

May 6th

October 14th 

Scientist Saturdays will be hosted four times throughout 2023 at the Chihuahuan Desert Nature Park. Take a guided hike on the trails at the Chihuahuan Desert Nature Park and learn more about this fascinating ecosystem. Free admission.

February 18, from 9am – 12pm

March 18, from 9am – 12pm

May 6, from 9:30 am – 1:30 pm

October 14, from 9am – 12pm: View the annular solar eclipse with us!


Luminarias: Light Up The Desert

December 2023 (date coming soon)

5:00PM - 7:30PM

Luminarias are always enchanting, even more so when they are arranged throughout the desert. During Holiday Luminarias, our Desert Discovery Trail will shine bright as we ring in the holiday season with hundreds of luminarias. This holiday event, hosted by Asombro at the Chihuahuan Desert Nature Park, is free to the public. Come out and join us for hot chocolate, sweet treats, holiday carols, and luminarias to light up the night.


December 2023 (date coming soon)

5:00PM – 7:30PM

Recurring Events

Check back later in the year to find out about these events in 2024

Annual Meeting

Thanks to everyone who joined us at our annual meeting!  Looking forward to next year 2024!

Desert Data Jam Open House

April 27, 2023 at 6:00PM

The Desert Data Jam challenges middle school students to find interesting ways to present scientific data to non-scientist audiences. Learn more here.


In the spring, Asombro hosts an open house to display student Desert Data Jam projects. Stay tuned for more details!

April 27, 2023

6:00 PM

NMSU Campus in Las Cruces


Past Events

Asombro does not currently have the events below on the schedule. Stay tuned for information in the future.


Asombro held a BioBlitz at its Chihuahuan Desert Nature Park on September 19, 2015. During this 15-hour BioBlitz, teams of scientists, families, students, teachers, and other community members worked together to find and identify plants, animals, rocks, and soils. 

A report was compiled from the species data recorded that day.

Butterfly Flutterby

Who doesn’t love butterflies? More than 325 butterfly species have been documented in New Mexico, ranking our state as one of the highest in butterfly diversity. For 16 years, Asombro celebrated New Mexico’s butterfly diversity by hosting the Butterfly Flutterby.

The Butterfly Flutterby at the Chihuahuan Desert Nature Park attracted up to 300 human visitors and often some butterfly visitors as well. Participants visited stations to learn how to attract butterflies to their garden and how to identify butterflies. Games, arts and crafts, and face painting made this a fun, family-friendly event.

Desert Dash

Desert Dash was a fundraiser for Asombro. Enjoying expansive views of the desert, including three rugged mountain ranges, participants ran or walked the beautiful 5K, 10K, or half marathon trail courses.