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Rio Grande Nature Center State Park, Albuquerque

Categories: State Parks, Nature & Parks
Inspirock Rating:
4.5/5 based on 150+ reviews on the web
Rio Grande Nature Center State Park is a state park of New Mexico, USA, located on the Rio Grande in Albuquerque. A visitor center designed by architect Antoine Predock in 1982 contains exhibits on the area's riparian environment and a glass-walled library that overlooks a wildlife pond. Two trails lead into the cottonwood forest (or Bosque) from the visitor center.Some of the species that reside in the park, temporarily or year-round, include turtles, toads, lizards, bullsnakes, dragonflies, beavers, muskrats, cottontail rabbits, pocket gophers, rock squirrel, coyotes, and numerous birds including Cooper's hawks, great horned owls, American coots, Canada geese, ring-necked pheasants, mallards, wood ducks, black-capped chickadees, great blue herons, northern flickers and woodpeckers.
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  • We enjoyed the visitors center with the exhibits and views of nature as well as the hiking trails. We took a short hike to the Rio Grande that was pleasant and beautiful!Would have enjoyed longer hike...  read more »
  • We walked around the River Trail - it's very quiet and restful. Folks walk their dogs there, some joggers are enjoying the quietness. 
  • We arrived on a blustery cold afternoon, so hurriedly hiked the River Loop Trail (0.55 miles) - abundantly festooned with dazzling purple asters! It led to a sandy overlook of the Rio Grande, & then b...  read more »
  • Very disappointed this time around. Dirty visitor center. Had to wait over 30 minutes to rent binoculars. Horse and dog waste everywhere. You can't look up at birds because you will step in something nasty. Just wow.
  • Nice, quiet area to go on a walk. Not dog friendly, but the trails are easy enough for toddlers to walk if you have kids.
  • Trails through the bosque and along the river are good for walking or jogging. Many informational plaques describing the history and ecosystem of the Rio Grande.
  • Great place to walk-bike-geocache. Easy way to see the city/river!
  • Fantastic place to visit! Great hiking trails and wonderful visitor center. Offers information on nature events in the area and at the center.
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