By Cheryl Thornburg
GLENWOOD -- If you’re looking for some family fun in the great outdoors, head for Glenwood on Saturday April 1 when the annual Whitewater Mesa Fun Kite Flying Picnic returns to the wide open spaces on the mesa north of town. Hundreds people of all ages participate in this colorful, family-friendly event. It is sanctioned by the American Kitefliers Association so kite-fliers come from all around the state and the country to show off their spectacular creations.
Last year 168 people participated. There is plenty of space without fences to tangle your kite strings, and room to park for your tailgate picnic.
The event is not just for pros - - everyone from toddlers to senior citizens test their kite-flying skills.
In addition, for a completely different experience, walk one or all six of the labyrinths and a maze across the road at Whitewater Mesa Labyrinths.
It all happens from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday April 1 at Whitewater Mesa Labyrinths, 355 Bursum Road (NM 159) off Hwy 180, between Glenwood and Alma, NM 88039.
Admission is free. There will be a free raffle drawing for a kite at 2:30 p.m., so be sure to pick up your free raffle ticket on arrival at the gate with the labyrinth sign.
Water, kite-mending supplies, a Johnny on the Spot porta-pottie and loaner kites are provided.
Bring your picnic, your kite, your laughter, the whole family and all your friends, your sunhat, sunscreen and something to sit on.
Additional directions: GPS 33.3765, -108.852 Note: On MapQuest, Google Maps or Apple Maps be sure to enter Glenwood NM after 355 Bursum Road or you will end up 35 miles away on a trail up the mountain in the Gila Wilderness!
While you’re here, the Glenwood Ranger District is home to numerous trails including the Catwalk National Recreation Trail (which is handicapped accessible for the first mile). If you’re fascinated by night skies, the first International Dark Sky Sanctuary in North America, is located at the Cosmic Campground on Highway 180 about 13 miles north of Glenwood.
Catwalk Trail: www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/gila/recarea/?recid=2029
Cosmic Campground: www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/gila/recarea/?recid=82479h
For Places To Stay & More Information, go to www.wmlabyrinths.com/glenwood-lodging-etc or contact Cordelia Rose (575) 313-1002 (call or text.)