LOS ALAMOS, NM — Just in time for Father’s Day weekend, Pajarito Mountain in Los Alamos, New Mexico is celebrating the summer season with Pajarito Summer Fest on Saturday, June 15, in conjunction with the New Mexico Brewer’s Festival. Mountain events run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., while the beer flows from noon to 5 p.m.
“Pajarito Mountain is a four season recreational mecca with over 20 well developed mountain biking trails ranging from downhill and freeride to cross country, extensive hiking opportunities, trail running events, lift served bike and hike weekends and the best outdoor summer dining at Pajarito Café,” said Pajarito Summer Fest organizer Thad Hahn.
Summer lift service begins on June 15, allowing hikers and mountain bikers to take the scenic ski lift to the top of Pajarito Mountain and ride down on the XC, DH and FR trails. Prices are only $25 per day for a mountain biking lift ticket, and $10 for a day hiking ticket. Lifts are open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Saturday throughout the summer until Sept. 28, 2013.
After an adventurous bike ride or hike, enjoy handcrafted beers from 17 regional and local microbreweries along with wine from La Chiripada Winery at the NM Brewers Festival. Entry into the festival is $15 (cash only) at the door.
From 2 to 5 p.m., alternative country band Anthony Leon and the Chain will add to the energy of the festival with live music, along with bluegrass act Kitty Joe Creek from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
As an added convenience, Atomic City Transit in Los Alamos is providing free shuttle service to Pajarito Mountain every 30 minutes from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on June 15.
For more information, call 575-662-5725 or email ski(at)skipajarito(dot)com or visit skipajarito.com.
While in Los Alamos on June 15, head to Ashley Pond on Central Avenue for a free concert from 7 to 10 p.m. with the Los Alamos Summer Concert Series. Visit gordonsummerconcerts.com for schedule listing.
Then on Father’s Day, Sunday, June 16, see a variety of craft demonstrations by local Pueblo artisans including pottery, basket weaving, drum making and jewelry from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Bandelier National Monument. Families can hike the short or long trails while at the park, with more than 70 trails in the park. Visit nps.gov/band/index.htm for more information or call 505-672-3861.
About Pajarito Mountain
Pajarito Mountain is located on the eastern edge of the Jemez Mountains just 5 miles west of Los Alamos. The area is comprised of 750 acres of land, privately owned by Los Alamos Ski Club. The mountain offers prime views of the Rio Grande Valley towards the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and the Valle Grande. Pajarito’s peak elevation is 10,440 feet.