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Rio Grande Nature Center State Park, Albuquerque

(4.5/5 based on 160+ 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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TripAdvisor
  • This gem, in the North Valley is a wonderful treasure that allows visitors ranging from casual folks on a stroll, to hard-core Audubon bird-counter types, to choose and enjoy their Rio Grande Nature C...  more »
  • One of my kid's and my favorite places to spend an afternoon! We take a backpack of treats and walk the trail, and sit by the river for a snack. It's lovely anytime of year~*~ 
  • This is such a gem! Not only does it link in to some great bisque walks, it has a delightful garden, and an amazing nature center which includes interesting exhibits about the area, interactive kids z...  more »
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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.