Summer excites at Pajarito Mountain

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Summer is here and the festivities keep going. Pajarito Mountain has plenty to do. The season kicked off on June 15 with Summerfest. Organizer Thad Hahn served as “Beer Czar.” Hundreds gathered atop the mountain for food, drink and entertainment. The Kitty Joe Creek Band was the opening band, while Anthony Leon and the Chain entertained the late afternnon crowd. Vendors for beer, wine and spirits around the state were on hand to serve up the crowd. Summerfest has been an annual event since the 1940s.
Hahn said he was glad the recent Thompson Ridge Fire did not hinder the event.
It kicks off summer with the biking and hiking lift that takes people up above 9,000 feet in the Jemez Mountains. The Bike and Hike is every other Saturday throughout the summer. Bus service is available through a partnership between Atomic Transit and Pajarito.
Pajarito Mountain was the venue for the Summer Concert Series, where the Homemade Jamz Blues Band from Tupelo, Miss., took the stage.
Ullrfest starts the autumn season with more Bike and Hike’s on Sept. 28.
Skiesta signals the ski season in the winter. Date for that event is to be announced.
Lift tickets are available for half days, either morning or afternoon. Morning half day tickets are valid from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Afternoon half day tickets are valid from 12:30 to 4 p.m. Tickets may be purchased at Pajarito ticket office and REI stores. Credit cards are accepted. Group discounts and season passes are also available.
Call the office for pricing at 662-5725. Pajarito Mountain is located at 397 Camp May Road. For more information, visit skipajarito.com.