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Rio Grande Nature Center State Park

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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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2901 Candelaria Rd NW, Albuquerque, NM 87107-2965
+1 505-344-7240
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The hikes in this area loops from one to the next. We started this almost non-physical indulgence at the parking lot. I referred to it that way because it is so flat and an easy hike. My friend took us next to the road and...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Indiana_Jonesse
Reviewed August 7, 2019 via mobile

Easily accessible only 3 miles from the Old Town . Plenty of parking and a good visitor centre , helpful and engaging staff , with a great glass walled viewing area over a large pond with humming birds and tortoises to watch in cool comfort...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank imhonot
Reviewed July 31, 2019

This state park offers a unique environment in arid Albuquerque. Large cottonwood trees, coyote willow, and New Mexico olive create a cool, shady forest and provide habitat for beaver, numerous bird species, turtles, and snakes. It was our first visit since moving here a month...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank Sally T
Reviewed July 21, 2019

Beautiful afternoon walk for the family, and a busy animal rescue right next door. Plan on spending hours, and don’t forget Roastology Coffee just down the street in Rio Grande

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank Chris n
Reviewed July 4, 2019

We walked to the Rio Grande, it was not a far walk, visited the Nature Ccenter. Very peaceful place.

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank ozonia13
Reviewed June 29, 2019

Between the blinds, center and loop trails there is not much left to accommodate birders. The only suggestion to improve would be to offer open hours early in the morning and later in the evening to see what happens when the sun is not trying...More

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank angushday
Reviewed June 8, 2019

This is a gem - a wild area in a residential area. Very child friendly with exhibits and various ways for them to learn about nature and develop a love for it.

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank Shannon M
Reviewed May 21, 2019

We walked through here twice, coming and going out West. The first time was mid-April, and there was excellent birding! On our way back in early May, it wasn't quite as good, but we never fail to see many different species, including the Bewick's Wren...More

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank 4givN
Reviewed May 20, 2019

Sadly we didn't get to go into the visitors center. The doors were open but when we went in, they rushed us out because the were still cleaning. We enjoyed the walk around the grounds and met some nice dogs and their people. Beautiful space

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Teresa R
Reviewed May 19, 2019

Despite being next to the river it wasn't all that different from anywhere else. We were at a riparian park in southern Arizona that was fascinating; this just wasn't.

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Tollertraveler
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February 27, 2019|
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Response from Darlene L | Reviewed this property |
You cannot ride your bike inside the park boundaries, however you can ride your bike on the bike path that aligns the bosque. As soon as you enter the park, there is a nice area to park your bike while you look around.
August 27, 2015|
Response from dranz |
Yes. We saw a couple of people with their dogs with them. If you want, call their front desk (505) 344-7240 and ask just to be sure.