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“Find some peace and quiet”

Rio Grande Nature Center State Park
Ranked #26 of 222 things to do in Albuquerque
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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.
Level 3 Contributor
19 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Find some peace and quiet”
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
1 Thank utahtransplant08
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Windsor, Ontario
Level 4 Contributor
31 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Little slice of nature within a big city”
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
1 Thank Mamabadger56
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London, England, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
94 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“Explore the Rio Grande”
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
Thank Craig R
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Conover, North Carolina
Level 5 Contributor
62 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Not much to see”
Reviewed February 11, 2014

Wanted to see the Rio Grande. Just stumbled on the Nature Park. Kind of a long hike for a very mediocre view of the river.

Visited February 2014
1 Thank Ed E
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Saint Louis, Missouri
Level 6 Contributor
99 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed November 21, 2013

Absolutely stunning in the fall! Highly recommend a visit here in the fall when the leaves are just turning. Hiking trails are fairly easy to navigate and this is a perfect spot for bird watching or taking pictures! I'm so glad I made the trip here!

Visited October 2013
1 Thank Justbreathe2000
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