Rio Grande Nature Center State Park

Rio Grande Nature Center State Park

Rio Grande Nature Center State Park
4.5
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
The Rio Grande Nature Center State Park is a New Mexico State Park located adjacent to the Rio Grande in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA. The Rio Grande Nature Center is a 38-acre urban wildlife preserve established in 1982. About two thirds of the grounds of the Park are set aside as habitat for wildlife. There are indoor and outdoor wildlife viewing areas overlooking ponds, a native plant garden, and a pollinator garden as well as access to the city-managed trails to the Rio Grande and Bosque. The Visitor Center offers informative displays and a unique Nature Shop. The park is day-use only, no camping. Leashed pets are allowed in the parking area and on the adjacent city trails only.
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advisorj
washington, dc398 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
The visitor center is great with its busy pond, but if you leave that area and cross the drainage ditch by bridge there are miles of trails through a woodland and to the Rio Grande itself. Well worth a trip.
Written 26 March 2024
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AMsays
Thornhill, Canada4,584 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
On the Rio Grande flyway, the park has birdwatching – apparently 300 different species have been seen – we only saw 5 including flitting hummingbirds. Indoor and outdoor wildlife viewing areas are present including the pond full of ducks, swans, frogs and turtles. Onsite there is a native plant and pollinator gardens. We took one of the short trails within the riverside forest to view the somewhat dry Rio Grande and Bosque and saw many lizards, butterflies and assorted insects. There’s also a Visitor Center and a Nature Shop.
Written 23 September 2023
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Robert C
Scottsdale, AZ45 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
Great place for all of the family. Picnic areas, lots of walking trails and a lot of wildlife.
Walks along the river bank, lakes and wetlands with birds, ducks and animals.
Excellent indoor nature center, with many exhibits and windows that overlook the lake. Good place for children and all nature lovers.
Written 5 June 2023
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Icarus4335
Colorado Springs, CO772 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
Great area for a walk. The paths are pretty short; we looped around a few for about a 1.5 mile walk. Very quiet and peaceful. Lots of opportunities to see birds and plants. Some benches along the path, including some along the Rio Grande. it does cost $3 to enter - make sure you read the sign at the entrance to avoid a fine.
Written 25 March 2023
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Kevin B
Denver, CO739 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Friends
Quiet and peaceful hike. Love the rio grande river landscape despite its low level. Plenty of easy trails and a visitor center to check out with bathrooms if needed. 3 dollars for day use which might deter regular visits but worth a stop for people passing through town.
Written 25 March 2023
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Kitsaattheshore
in NJ466 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
Truth to tell, my companion & I are bird nerds! We came to New Mexico hoping to see a Road Runner, among other things, of course. We walked the grounds looking at the birds & plant life displays. We walked the trail to see the Rio Grande & then hit the nature center to see the very nice viewing area they have there.
Of course we hit the Gift Shop & the lovely woman there offered us tips about where we might expect to see road runners. She pointed out they were common in her neighborhood & offered directions. As we walked to our car, there before us was....a road runner! So cool to see, we were thrilled, guess you gotta be a birder....
Nice place to go for a quiet walk & a chance to see nature.
Written 5 November 2022
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Barbara L
Virginia Beach, VA127 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Couples
We just wanted to go for an easy walk and this park was perfect. The Visitor Center volunteer was very friendly and knowledgeable. Apparently it is too early for viewing Sandhill Cranes or porcupines in the trees. For others who are curious, the strange metal structures are called Jetty Jacks. They were installed in the ‘50s to help control flooding. They didn’t work but it would be very expensive to remove them; I think they add sculptural interest.
Written 7 October 2022
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Elfma
Greenwich, CT688 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Friends
Worth the very early 1.5 hour drive from Santa Fe. Excellent bird walk through a variety of environments, indoor and outdoor viewing, trails run along the river and ponds. Wear closed toe shoes and bring water. Check their website for wildlife walks(free but require advance registration). Parking on site.
Written 17 September 2022
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4givN
Peterborough, Canada358 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
We haven't been back here since Covid, and were really disappointed. The feeders around the park were not filled, and the birds were noticeably absent! A few of the hummingbird feeders were filled, and some birds were buzzing around, but this place is not what it used to be. We usually spend an hour or two wandering around, but left after a quick stroll.
Written 9 June 2022
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BritchipKid
Denver, CO272 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Family
We had fun walking in the area but it was very very dirty run down. It was great to see the wildlife in the river and could be a beautiful inner city park
Written 2 April 2022
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