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Rio Grande Nature Center State Park

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Address: 2901 Candelaria Rd NW, Albuquerque, NM 87107-2965
Phone Number: 505-344-7240
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This 270-acre region of riverside forest and meadows offers hiking trails...

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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Wonderful trails near the Bosque

This is an awesome place to take visitors so they can get a better idea of the Bosque and all the plants, animals, and wildlife our area has. The trails are well kept, and at... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
c0wgirlm0m
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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Scottsdale, Arizona
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

There is not a lot to see but a good opportunity for little ones to run around and enjoy the scenery by the river. Only "wild life" was some butterflies. Bring your own water. Parking more than adequate. Quiet and peaceful.

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Date Visited: Friday, July 22, 2016 Pros: Lots of walking trails, place to see hummingbirds Cons: Hot in the summer, not much wildlife This place is a nature center; it has a visitor’s center, a gift shop (no clue when it’s open...) pond, and nature trails. Don’t come here expecting lots of wildlife, unless you come at a different time... More 

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is an awesome place to take visitors so they can get a better idea of the Bosque and all the plants, animals, and wildlife our area has. The trails are well kept, and at times are quite busy. You may find artists with their easel at the edge of the water painting, or be lucky enough to find a... More 

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A super place to visit & take family or friends for nice walks in the bosque, & along the Rio Grande! Also, a nice visitor center with a comfy viewing room overlooking a pond full of wildlife !! All free, except a small parking fee!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is a very nice state park. The trails are fun to hike and good for all ages and abilities. You can find a number of lesser trails for a touch of more adventure. There's a bit of road noise but overall it's a very relaxing location. Can't wait for the fall and lots of birding opportunities.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2016

We discovered this center from a recommendation of the owner of the B&B where we stayed in Rancho de Albuquerque. This was our first trip to the center and we were immediately welcomed by Ray, a volunteer who has worked there for several years. He was welcoming, helpful and very informative about how the center got started, the architectural significance... More 

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Clearwater, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2016

Many young families there with their kids. We felt welcomed and safe. Many hummingbirds were present. Loved our hike.

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Blythewood, South Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2016

Relax, relax, relax and enjoy. I understand there are seasons when the bird population is best. If you are a bird watcher, call and ask.

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Szczecin, Poland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016 via mobile

I strongly recommend that place for everybody who likes to spend a free time in open spacies. You can drive there by your car, pick up your family or friends and have a lunch with them (only if you will not forget the sandwitches from home or market). Your childrends or grandkids could easly feed local birds (many kinds). I'd... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2016

The Nature Center is a good introduction to the area surrounding it. If you go there in the spring or summer, take your hike first, before the sun is scorching. The Paseo del Bosque trail is very well marked and is a pleasant walk. It is 16 miles long and you can use the nature center as your starting point.

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