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Rio Grande Nature Center State Park

Address: 2901 Candelaria Rd. NW, Albuquerque, NM
Phone Number: 505-344-7240
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Ranked #29 of 198 things to do in Albuquerque
Type: State Parks, Nature & Parks
Owner description: This 270-acre region of riverside forest and meadows offers hiking trails along the Rio Grande...
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Type: State Parks, Nature & Parks
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Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: This 270-acre region of riverside forest and meadows offers hiking trails along the Rio Grande River and is considered an excellent spot for birdwatching and viewing wildlife.

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Toms River, New Jersey
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63 reviews 63 reviews
54 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

The Rio Grande Nature Center State Park, at the center of Albuquerque, NM is a beautiful, state park with views, hiking, and bird and butterfly watching. The park is open 6:00 AM-9:00 PM, and the fee is $5.00 per vehicle, $15.00 tour bus. The park offers camping permits overnight and annual, and Annual Day day use permits. (check out the... More 

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Turtles swim in a pond in front of the visitor's center where there are chairs for long term watching. The path along the canals provide lots of bird sightings and some small animals will be around, too.

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Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

No dogs allowed, but otherwise a great a place for a nice quiet walk. Flat, which is a rarity in ABQ, a couple different trails to choose from + a nice duck pond with a built in blind for viewing.

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Beacon, New York
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45 reviews 45 reviews
21 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

Everyday I would take a 5 mile walk along the trails, Eco system is beautiful. Bring your camera you never know what animal you might see. You can also bike on these trails too. Make sure you also have plenty of water with you and a few snacks

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Carefree
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53 attraction reviews
362 helpful votes 362 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

We took our grandson with us to the park to see the beautiful sights and had a wonderful time. The area feels very safe and there is always quite a diverse crowd meandering through the park. It is easy to maneuver a stroller through lovely flora and fauna to observe along your way and very kid and family friendly..

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Memphis, Tennessee
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

Numerous waterfowl visible during our late December visit. Easy walking on well marked trails including a short walk to the river. Offers youth education activities during the summer months. The Welcome Center has an enclosed viewing room facing the pond. The educational displays are well done and suitable for all ages.

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Broomfield, Colorado, United States
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

Relaxing, beautiful and a great bird watching experience! Saw tons of sand hill cranes and roadrunners!

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Portland, OR
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

The viewing window out to the pond is just terrific, as are the nearby walking trails near the Rio Grande. Lovely.

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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17 reviews 17 reviews
4 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

This park is delightful. Quiet, out of the way and beautiful, it has everything Nature delivers in this area of the state of New Mexico. The learning centers on site are benches out in the open with labels on all plants/trees. You can meander along the trails, hike over the small bridge over the Acequia into wide open spaces. A... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

This park is a great local place to get away from the concrete of the city. With paved or graveled paths that meander along the city next to big trees, connecting to many of the city's other great spots. Ie: The Botanical Gardens, The Zoo, Oldtown, North Valley and South Valley. I believe the bike path extends north to south... More 

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