Rio Grande Nature Center State Park

Rio Grande Nature Center State Park, Albuquerque: Hours, Address, Rio Grande Nature Center State Park Reviews: 4.5/5

Rio Grande Nature Center State Park

Rio Grande Nature Center State Park
4.5
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
The Rio Grande Nature Center State Park is a New Mexico State Park located adjacent to the Rio Grande in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA. The Rio Grande Nature Center is a 38-acre urban wildlife preserve established in 1982. About two thirds of the grounds of the Park are set aside as habitat for wildlife. There are indoor and outdoor wildlife viewing areas overlooking ponds, a native plant garden, and a pollinator garden as well as access to the city-managed trails to the Rio Grande and Bosque. The Visitor Center offers informative displays and a unique Nature Shop. The park is day-use only, no camping. Leashed pets are allowed in the parking area and on the adjacent city trails only.
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Cliff K
Des Moines, IA533 contributions
Oct 2021 • Solo
This is a very nice park and it's accessible with lots of parking. There's a very nice trail to the river and plenty of tree cover for both shade and leaf peeping.  There is pond that you can see some ducks and geese and some other bird's. Its a reasonable cost of $3 a day and has plenty of trails for families and people of a certain age. The visitors center has knowledge volunteers where you can get a wide range of information. Its well worth a few hours visit the next time you're in Albuquerque.
Written November 14, 2021
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Joel L
Saint Paul, MN219 contributions
May 2021
A nice place to walk in the trees that grow along the river. You could walk for hours there. The trails were good. Mainly packed sand. There are others in the area that are paved.
The visitors center was open. Has some nice displays about the river area. There is a pond that attracts birds. You can sit and watch them along with the turtles.

There is a small fee to park your car.
Written June 1, 2021
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LaurettaYoung
Portland, OR554 contributions
Mar 2020
Excellent interpretive center with information about geology, flora and fauna with great gift shop. Went on some of the trails which were easy to follow down to the Rio Grande. the pond right by visitor center was full of turtles and migratory ducks and even some Sandhill Cranes landed in the nearby fields. Great way to spend a few hours learning about the area.
Written March 8, 2020
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JoannaB24
Alabama100 contributions
Aug 2020
Was greeted by a park ranger only to say everything was closed, even though there were clearly people there in the nature center area (and parked there). Family was sitting about 20 yards from the entrance inside the park. We were told we had to park down the street and walk back using a biking path.
Seeing the river was good, paths were good.
Just disappointed that while the gates were open and others were obviously there in the park, we were not allowed. They could have just shut the gate.
Written August 22, 2020
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Elaine S
Edgewood, NM24 contributions
May 2019
Been here many times, wandering the trail looking & watching for birds. The people in the visitors center are very nice. After a bit, I leave and go venture on the paved trail that runs through the bosque. There are side trails that go down to the Rio Grande.

You must pay to park. Bikes & dogs are not permitted. You have to go down to Candelaria and access the Bosque trail that way.
Written March 29, 2020
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Sarah A
Letchworth, UK25 contributions
Apr 2015 • Couples
We did this on our last day, and although in the city you could be out in the wilds! Lots of bird life, great visit for all ages. Suitable for children and very educational too. Can make the walk as long or short as you like. There are 2 main routes to follow, we did them both.
Written May 2, 2015
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Kirk H
Green Valley, AZ1,025 contributions
Apr 2015 • Family
Brought my mother in her 80's here to see the birds and she was very pleased. The day had turned out a bit chilly so the indoor viewing area with couches and chairs was welcomed. We sat for close to an hour watching the ducks and birds on the water. I have been here before and enjoyed walking the trails too. The only fee is to the NM State Park day fee for parking.
Written April 22, 2015
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Nancy505
Boston, MA81 contributions
May 2013
Each time we visit the Nature Center we spot a bird we haven't seen before. Today we saw a Black-headed Grosbeak, Snowy Egret, and MacGillivray's Warbler--beautiful! The staff are knowledgeable, and tours are offered on weekend mornings (times vary according to the season).
Written May 27, 2013
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SteveBot
Tucson, AZ250 contributions
Apr 2012 • Couples
Several trails along the Rio Grande, plus several wetlands with blinds for bird watching.
Written April 25, 2012
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Gershwin12
Forest Hills, NY1,637 contributions
Jul 2021 • Couples
Put on your comfortable walking shoes apply your insect repellent and stroll the paths of this magical place: a must do for nature lovers, birders, Bike riders, walkers and painters. During our brief stay here we saw wonderful wildlife: indigo Bunting, Flycatchers, hummingbirds, rabbits, snakes and much more. There was a visitor center however we did not visit it because it opened at 10 AM. Ample parking lots available with many signs indicating to lock your car and protect your valuables. Please see my attached photos.
Written July 14, 2021
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