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Rio Grande Nature Center State Park, Albuquerque
(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 were at the Nature Center at 10:00 am. The entrance fee is $3.00 per car. The visitors center is nice and they will give you a map of the trails. We did not see any birds and all the flowers were g...  more »
  • Had only a short time to dash through here and must come back! The trails were well kept up, lots of birds and early spring flowers to see. This would not be good for strollers or scooters, in places ...  more »
  • This is a nice place for an afternoon with the kids. They have lots of things to see especially birds and wildlife. Regards OldeBear 
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  • Nice place for a gentle nature walk. Lots of birds and interesting plants. Staff at center were helpful and friendly.
  • 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.
  • Probably the quietest part of the bosque in the metro area. Ironically one of the busiest too, but nice trails and viewing ponds make it worth a trip. The facilities are nice too.
  • Great place to get a dose of nature in the middle of ABQ. Lots of good shady spots on the trails to relax and read/chat/reconnect. The bosque is beautiful. You don't need to go to the nature center to get to the trails, but it makes for a convenient access point.
  • Just a great place to visit. Very interesting with wonderful volunteer staff.