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“Birders Heaven!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Rio Grande Nature Center State Park

Rio Grande Nature Center State Park
2901 Candelaria Rd. NW, Albuquerque, NM
505-344-7240
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Ranked #15 of 105 Attractions in Albuquerque
Type: State Parks, Nature & Parks
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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.
Cherryville, North Carolina, USA
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35 reviews 35 reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Birders Heaven!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Stopped in to try and add a few new birds to my life list during our trip out west. Couldn't have been more pleased. Happened to arrive just as a guided bird walk was beginning. (830 am on Sat and Sun) Bill was an excellent guide. The visitor center is awesome as it has pretty much a glass wall overlooking a pond. You could sit in comfort here in any weather, rain or shine, and view the wildlife outside. We also loved the trails through the park. Many feeders are situated along the trails to attract hummingbirds and other birds for close up viewing. The ONLY negative comment I can make is that the visitor center (where the only restrooms are located!) doesn't open until 10. The park itself opens at 8, so if you arrive early plan accordingly! One port-a-john in the parling lot would be great!

Visited July 2014
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Columbia
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“Great nature park for children”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

After arriving at the airport and checking into our hotel, we visited this park. It was a perfect break from traveling--calm, quiet, easy-to-find. There is a small charge for parking but exhibits, trails, etc are free. The Rio Grande is an easy walk; although not wide or raging, it is worth a visit. The birds and turtles are abundant and can be seen from the trails or from glassed rooms in the air-conditioned visitor center. The staff/volunteers were very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the flora and fauna in the park. Although we had no children to enjoy the park, there were obviously many activities, both planned and spontaneous, for them; there was a large room devoted to hands-on exhibits for the children.

Visited July 2014
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“Find some peace and quiet”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

It was easy to find this hidden gem using our GPS. It is like an oasis in the bustling city. We took a short trail out to see the Rio Grande. If we lived here we would take advantage of the bird hikes and other programs. It cost $3 a car-very reasonable. Saw lots of wildlife.

Visited June 2014
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Windsor, Ontario
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“Little slice of nature within a big city”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

What's surprising about this park is that it is conveniently located more or less in the middle of Albuquerque. Visitors from outside the region can get a taste of the local natural environment without going to a remote region. We arrived just after the park had closed for the night, took a hotel down the road, and returned first thing in the morning - very convenient.
The park itself is very small by state park standards, but it isn't meant to be a vast wilderness. It is more of a sampling of protected environments, and a pleasant and interesting one. There is a small wetlands, and a pond which can be observed from inside the visitor's centre; a native plant garden that attracts butterflies; and trails around the park which display and identify common flowers, shrubs and trees of the region. Birdwatching is pretty good here, but if you have the time and the inclination, it is much better on the long trails that begin outside the park fence - two half-mile loops which are an easy walk and can provide interesting sightings.

Visited May 2014
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London, England, United Kingdom
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“Explore the Rio Grande”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2014

Its fascinating to see any body of water living in London England on an island near the river Thames. The Rio Grande isn't as big as I thought it would look but then this is the life source of the South western region and all along it irrigation canals are dug for for domestic and agricultural use. When you drive near an area near the river trees grow tall and everything is green and 500 meters away the land turns back into a desert! Thats why the posh houses are usually near a river and the beautiful valleys are always have a river going through them. There is a park along the river with lovely picnic tables where people have their children's birthday parties and no doubt celebrate many special occasions in the glorious New Mexican sunshine. Its nice to walk along the river but boot are essential because there is dust where ever you walk in New Mexico in nature and you need a good pair of boots to go on holiday there and see such natural beauty.

Visited May 2014
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