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Hunt for the Red Rocktober

October 20 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Hunt for the Red Rocktober!

Saturday, October 20th from 10AM – 12PM at Alto Park in Santa Fe

A River Treasure Hunt held for the SFWA’s Santa Fe River Community Cleanup Event

On Saturday, October 20th, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. , The Santa Fe Watershed Association, in partnership with the City of Santa Fe and Santa Fe County,  will host our 5th Annual Hunt for the Red Rocktober at Alto Park in Santa Fe.  This fun, family friendly, community Santa Fe River cleanup event, challenges volunteers to be on the lookout for especially created red rocks. These rocks are hidden in the river bed and are found as volunteers remove litter from the Santa Fe River. Volunteers who find a red rock are eligible to participate in our drawings! Our local business community donates our prizes.

Every autumn, we invite residents of all ages to join us for an hour or two to help pick up litter from the river bed. Meet us downtown at Alto Park off of West Alameda, between Alto Street and West Alameda Streets. Registration is from 10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Enjoy the morning with refreshments donated by the local business community.  The SFWA will assist volunteers by creating teams, providing guidance, donating trash bags, and lend a limited supply of gloves. Next, volunteers will be sent to assigned river locations and return to DeVargas Park with trash bag tallies, borrowed gear and maybe a lucky red rock!

Community River Clean Ups

The Hunt for the Red Rocktober is the third and final community cleanup day for the year 2018. The Santa Fe Watershed hosts these community days to promote healthy river awareness. Many people are unaware that litter flows into our river from storm water events, human carelessness, and other weather related events. Volunteers walk the Santa Fe River, collecting trash and recording the amount of garbage they have removed.  These cleanups help remind members of the community about the importance of removing pollution from the river to prevent contamination of groundwater sources and to get a sense of what the Santa Fe Watershed Association’s Adopt the River program is all about.

So far this year, 908  volunteers  made 142 visits to The Santa Fe River and its arroyo tributaries to collect more than 1,044  bags of trash! Our volunteer’s time in value was approximately $38,324 given back to the community! The SFWA goal is to get over 100 volunteers out in our river and arroyos for this October event.

Can’t make it on Saturday, October 20th ? We are delighted to have volunteers who can help once or on a regular basis. For further information please contact Keely, Santa Fe Watershed Association’s Volunteer Coordinator at 505-820-1696 or stewards@santafewatershed.org.


October 20
10:00 am - 12:00 pm




Alto Park