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Rio Grande Nature Center State Park

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Closed Now: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Open today: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Beautiful small park

Very easy to find, next to houses but felt like we were in the middle of nowhere once we started... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Vernon, Canada
Worth the trip

Love this nature trail and the surrounding bosque. It's great that the gates open at 8:30 but the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Teresa R
Clovis, New Mexico, United States
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“bird watching”(9 reviews)
“visitor center”(18 reviews)
“viewing room”(6 reviews)
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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2901 Candelaria Rd NW, Albuquerque, NM 87107-2965
+1 505-344-7240
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All reviews bird watching visitor center viewing room viewing area hummingbird feeders bird life cottonwood trees walk along the river watch the wildlife north valley walking trails large pond native plants bisque great place to walk nice walk gift shop
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This is a nice area right off of Rio Grande Boulevard by the river in the middle of Albuquerque. There's a lot of trails to go hiking on down along the river but there's not too much in the center itself other than a viewing...More

Thank bruce p
Reviewed 5 days ago

Very easy to find, next to houses but felt like we were in the middle of nowhere once we started walking. $3 to park- self pay. Several trails, a couple of large ponds with turtles and wildfowl. We walked to the Rio Grande which seemed...More

Thank lazigirl
Reviewed 1 week ago

Love this nature trail and the surrounding bosque. It's great that the gates open at 8:30 but the center itself doesn't open until 9 and the gift shop at 10

Thank Teresa R
Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I enjoy walking a couple of miles every morning. We hate walking though urban areas because we prefer to watch the birds and wild life. My wife found a state park that appeared to be in an urban area. So we drove...More

Thank Chessie22222
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This 270 acre park costs $3/car to enter, $15 for buses and RVs. Fill out a form at the unmanned entrance, put your form and money in the pay slot and proceed immediately to the parking lot on the right. This is a day use...More

Thank ymceight
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Counted 18 painted and red eared turtles sunning themselves. An egret, geese, mallards, towhees, and others. Nice short and long hikes. So nice in the city to come out to a wildlife area. Education center and nice visitor center.

Thank Bennett H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We took the bike trail around the back of the Center and came into the Center from the back. We could see all the ducks and geese on the pond as well as a humming bird at the feeder. The lady who was working in...More

Thank Melinda M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It was a hot day and we wanted something to do before our flight home. I came across this in our AAA book and we decided to go. This whole preserve is a wonderful place to go and just sit watching nature. We went into...More

Thank Bobba T
Reviewed 12 September 2018

We went for a nice place to hike & picnic, but fell in love with the Visitor's center! The viewing area of the pond is magnificent. Wish we had had more time. During the few minutes we got to stay (and this was mid afternoon),...More

Thank pshurd
Reviewed 10 September 2018

We drove into the park to catch the sunset, so were not there long. One can walk and bike there and perhaps picnic, not sure. Parking seemed a bit limited, but maybe there was more than we saw. Still, it was impressive to stand right...More

Thank kathleen814
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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.