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Rio Grande Nature Center State Park

2901 Candelaria NW


The Nature Center's mission to preserve and protect the Rio Grande bosque, to educate the public about Rio Grande ecosystems and to foster positive human interactions with those systems. The Friends fund classes for over 12,000 schoolchildren each year, manage the Nature Shop, and support a number of ecological research projects. Led by a force of 170 trained naturalists, the Friends serve some 40,000 Nature Center visitors with classes, guided walks, and other educational activities


Richard Warnke

Sunday, April 22, 2018
The best news about the place is that the price is right: just $3 for parking. Also, there are many pleasant trails for hiking or biking. On the negative side, the gravel drive has three ridiculously abrupt speed bumps, so severe they could damage a small car like we drive at any speed over a mile and a half mph. The self pay slot for parking was jammed full, but the rangers we're relaxing in the back office instead of emptying it. But the biggest disappointment was the almost complete lack of birds. In a couple of hours there, saw maybe a dozen. A pair of wood ducks was a treat. But beyond that, we only saw a few mallards, a couple of Canada geese, some kind of sparrow and a very few LBJs. All in all, there wasn't much there for viewing.

Moses Ackbar

Thursday, May 17, 2018
Great place to take the family when you want to get out and about. Little bits of nature for you to see. The visitor center is great for the kids and the park is always having special events.

Marie Green

Monday, April 16, 2018
Great walking trails in Albuquerque! Lots of trees, and great views of the river. The visitors centers it's great, very kid friendly and has interactive exhibits. It's a state park so you pay $3 for parking. There are picnic tables for lunch, and benches scattered along the trail. There are a couple geocaches along the trail (if you have an app or GPS for that sort of thing).

Jeremiah Bennett

Tuesday, April 17, 2018
I will update this review if the preserve looks better in the spring/summer season. Early spring is not a great time to see beautiful greenery. The leaves on the trees aren't quite there yet.

Will Geusz

Saturday, March 10, 2018
One time when i was a kid I took some sort of class here and we waded out into this pond and pulled up cups of murky water. when I looked closely there were tons of bugs swimming around, dragonfly larvae and all sorts wild creatures. It was great but I couldn't drink opaque liquids for a while afterward. I still like to imagine dragon fly larvae swimming just below the surface of my cereal or soup.

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