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Rio Grande Nature Center State Park

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Rio Grande Nature Center State Park is located on the Rio Grande flyway, the park offers excellent birdwatching opportunities throughout the year.

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.

Groups, Classrooms, and Teachers interested in visiting the park? Please see attached form.


Travel Tips:

  • The park is day-use only, no camping
  • Leashed pets are allowed in the parking area and on the adjacent city trails only
  • Park Elevation 4,968 ft



  • Education Programs
  • Annual Festivals
  • Picnicking
  • Trails:
    • 1.2 Miles
    • Hiking
    • Interpretive Trails
    • Access to adjacent city trails
  • Wildlife Viewing:
    • Birding
    • Photography


  • Gardens:
    Mariposaville Pollinator Garden
    • Native Plant Garden
  • Gift Shop
  • Group Facilities:
    • Group Picnic Shelter
    • Education Building
  • Picnic Tables
  • Visitor Center:
    • Exhibits
    • Friendly Volunteers
  • Wildlife Viewing Blinds


2901 Candelaria Rd., NW
Albuquerque, NM 87107


Heather MacCurdy