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Rio Grande Nature Center State Park

  • 2901 Candelaria Rd. NW Map It
  • Los Ranchos de Albuquerque
  • Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

Published 07/22/2015

Fodor's Review

Along the banks of the Rio Grande, this 270-acre refuge in a portion of the Bosque (about midway up on the Paseo del Bosque trail) is the nation's largest cottonwood forest. There are numerous walking and biking trails that wind into the 53-acre Aldo Leopold Forest and down to the river. Bird-watchers come to view all manner of birds and migratory waterfowl. Constructed half aboveground and half below the edge of a pond, the park's interpretive center has viewing windows and speakers that broadcast the sounds of the birds you're watching. You may see birds, frogs, ducks, and turtles. The park has active programs for adults and children.

Sight Information


2901 Candelaria Rd. NW, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 87107, United States

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Sight Details:

  • $3 per vehicle, grounds free
  • Nature center daily 10–5, park daily 8–5

Published 07/22/2015


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