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Rio Grande Nature Center State Park

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2901 Candelaria Rd NW, Albuquerque, NM 87107-2965
+1 505-344-7240
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Pleasant Surroundings and Awesome Bird Watching

This state park features several short and longer trails within the Bosque area of Albuquerque... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Nature in our back yard!

When my kids and I feel like a little picnic or day hike near the river, this is our place. We... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Madeline M
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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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.
  • Excellent65%
  • Very good28%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“bird watching” (8 reviews)
“visitor center” (17 reviews)
“viewing room” (5 reviews)
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2901 Candelaria Rd NW, Albuquerque, NM 87107-2965
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This state park features several short and longer trails within the Bosque area of Albuquerque, which are worth exploring if you have time. In the center of the park there's a couple of ponds where different birds gather and can be easily observed. I've never...More

1  Thank msm092015
Reviewed 1 week ago

When my kids and I feel like a little picnic or day hike near the river, this is our place. We walk the trails, stop tor a bite and then visit the visitors center on our way back to the car.

Thank Madeline M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

So on our road trip we wanted to get out of the car. We crossed over the Rio Grande River and saw sign for Rio Grande Nature Center State Park. We We’re on the I-40 East. What a great place they have interactive exhibits and...More

Thank Kevin C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It is a state park (and I hope it stays that way). It offers gardens, views of birds and fowls against the Sandia Mountains backdrop... and trails that extent to the Rio Grande River through the bosque--woods along the river with beautiful cottonwoods and other...More

Thank GirasolTournesol
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visit the Rio Grande NCSP a coupld of times a year. The views are breathtaking, the visitor center offers great information and the staff is always ready to help. We can even buy our yearly NM State Camping pass.

Thank ColdCaliente
Reviewed 12 December 2017

You will get better views of the river by going to the Village of Corvallis, but if you like to walk among the cottonwood trees, ride you bike on a safe and charming train, or observe wildlife this will be a worthwhile stop. The nature...More

Thank CelineSoCA
Reviewed 24 November 2017

The gentle grades and paved trails, plus the excellent visitor center makes the Nature Center a great place to spend the day, any time of year. The Rio Grande runs through the city and provides water, shade of the cottonwoods, spectacular fall colors, and a...More

Thank pacific_gator
Reviewed 22 November 2017

There is so much to see here. The pond by the parking lot had 8 different types of ducks, as well as coots and blackbirds. There is a new viewing station at the east end of the parking lot that lets you look over the...More

Thank PeregrineEdmonton
Reviewed 9 November 2017

We saw plenty of birds and a few squirrels. The walk to the river is enjoyable and the staff at the center are friendly and informative.

Thank onetoonehundred
Reviewed 8 November 2017

The Rio Grande Nature Center is tucked into the bosque on the east side of the Rio Grande in the North Valley. Walking trails, birding, wildlife, peace and quiet. take a seat on a bench and watch the ducks, cranes, turtles, and hummingbirds at the...More

Thank pflepsep
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Questions & Answers
28 August 2015|
Response from dranz |
Yes. We saw a couple of people with their dogs with them. If you want, call their front desk (505) 344-7240 and ask just to be sure.
15 February 2015|
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Response from Shirley B | Reviewed this property |
No it is a walking park. But across the bisque there are paved trails that bikers, walkers etc. still a beautiful place to be I nature. I don't know where to rent bikes but I m sure there is.