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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.

The Rio Grande Nature Center welcomes visits by K-12 or adult school, scouting, religious and other groups on a self-guided or guided basis.  All groups wishing to visit the park must register in advance by filling out the appropriate form linked below.

Click here for the K-12 group request form

Click here for the adult group request 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.

Rio Grande Web Cam 1

Rio Grande Web Cam 2


  • 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


PARK: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Monday – Thursday
10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Friday – Sunday
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM


2901 Candelaria Rd., NW
Albuquerque, NM 87107


Levi Dean