The Rio Grande Nature Center State Park is a beautiful Albuquerque property that is a great escape from the noise and crowds of the city. Come out and explore 270 acres of woods, meadows, and farm land. A good place to start is at the Visitor Center, which houses exhibits, hands on experiences, a reference library, observation room, and helpful staff armed with trail guides and binoculars to borrow. Many interpretive trails and demonstration gardens are available in this Albuquerque property. Choose the Riverwalk Trail for an easy one mile loop among the bosque (cottonwood forest) and along the river. Another good option is the Bosque Loop Trail, a 0.8 mile easy walk that includes a spur to the river.
Meet Native Animals that Live in Albuquerque
The true treasure of this park is the wildlife. Onlookers have the opportunity to see an abundance of birds including waterfowl, thrushes, and sparrows in the winter and warblers, meadowlarks, and hummingbirds in the summer. Other animals often seen at the park are turtles, bull snakes, porcupines, muskrats, gophers, beavers, and butterflies. The park is open to all who live in Albuquerque every day of the year except for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day. The gates are open from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. daily and the Visitor Center is open from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.. Admission is $3 per vehicle or $15 per bus. This is a great place to bring children. Be sure to check out the events calendar to see what is happening here throughout the year. Visit Rio Grande Nature Center State Park to learn more about the park, plan a visit, and view the events calendar.