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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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Nice hike in the middle of the city

The Rio Grande has such a rich history. This State Park is a great place to see the river and the... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Donna H
Nice hike

While in ABQ at a conference, I took a break for an afternoon hike here. Not the best time to see... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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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.
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  • Very good28%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“bird watching” (9 reviews)
“viewing room” (5 reviews)
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2901 Candelaria Rd NW, Albuquerque, NM 87107-2965
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"visitor center"
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"bird watching"
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"viewing room"
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"hummingbird feeders"
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"bike trail"
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"walk along the river"
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"watch the wildlife"
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"bird life"
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"viewing area"
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"cottonwood trees"
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"north valley"
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"walking trails"
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"canada geese"
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"large pond"
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"native plants"
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Reviewed 2 days ago

The Rio Grande has such a rich history. This State Park is a great place to see the river and the Nature Center has a nice area showing local flora. Trails are nicely marked.

Thank Donna H
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

While in ABQ at a conference, I took a break for an afternoon hike here. Not the best time to see bird life, but was about 10 degrees cooler than the city, with a breeze off the water. Almost empty of humans on a weekday...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stopped here twice on our way through Albuquerque and back, and it was different both times. In the second half of April we saw an amazing number of birds when we came in the morning including the Cooper's Hawk and Bushtit, as well as...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We went hoping to see birds but apparently May is off season for that. Nice place tho but alittle difficult to find

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Reviewed 29 April 2018 via mobile

I love the ambiance if this surreal bosque forest leading up to the river. It is hard to keep a natural park in the confines of an urban area but they have done an excellent job. I learned the canopy of the bosque hides a...More

Thank Colorado859
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Reviewed 1 April 2018

The Rio Grande Nature Center is something of a hidden treat in Albuquerque's north valley. There's a lot of beautiful scenery and some informative exhibits, all centered upon the uniqueness of the lush bosque (Spanish for forest) which runs north-south through the otherwise semi-desert landscape...More

Thank David R
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Reviewed 15 March 2018

Everything is so dry, dead and grey. This definitively is not the time to visit. There is an area where the ducks and turtles feed right in front of a wide window in the visitor center. There is a nice path to the Rio Grande...More

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Reviewed 13 March 2018

Although it almost never rains in Albuquerque, we happened to visit this park along the Rio Grande on a wet day. However, thanks to the well-positioned walls of glass in the visitor center, we were still able to watch scores of resident and migratory ducks...More

1  Thank Sandy S
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Reviewed 5 March 2018

By Yourself, or a friend or Your main squeeze. It's a quite and pleasurable walk. The best time is during the fall. The leaves turn a beautiful shade of red and yellow.

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Reviewed 21 February 2018

First thing to remember is that when you reach the stop sign just before the parking area you may miss the information about having to pay for parking. If you are ticketed for not paying it will cost $10.00 as opposed to $3.00 for parking....More

1  Thank James K
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EKCovan
28 August 2015|
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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.
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NPTRSC
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.
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