Rio Grande Nature Center State Park, Albuquerque

4.6
#7 of 22 in Parks in Albuquerque
Rio Grande Nature Center State Park is a state park of New Mexico, USA, located on the Rio Grande in Albuquerque. A visitor center designed by architect Antoine Predock in 1982 contains exhibits on the area's riparian environment and a glass-walled library that overlooks a wildlife pond. Two trails lead into the cottonwood forest (or Bosque) from the visitor center.Some of the species that reside in the park, temporarily or year-round, include turtles, toads, lizards, bullsnakes, dragonflies, beavers, muskrats, cottontail rabbits, pocket gophers, rock squirrel, coyotes, and numerous birds including Cooper's hawks, great horned owls, American coots, Canada geese, ring-necked pheasants, mallards, wood ducks, black-capped chickadees, great blue herons, northern flickers and woodpeckers.
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  • Was one of my favorite things I did on my trip to Albuquerque. Very relaxing walk for me and my wife and dog. there is a small area where no dogs are allowed but the rest of the park is pet-friendly. ...  more »
  • Reasonable day rate (3.00 per vehicle). It was a nice break from city life. Great for viewing birds. Hides for viewing birds are nice with different height windows for all viewers. The best hide was j...  more »
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  • Nature Center itself was an interpretive center on the edge of a marsh. There are concrete walls with view holes, so we could observe the wildlife without disturbing them, which meant they came very close. Elsewhere there was a fully accessible viewing site where we could watch sandhill cranes and geese in the field. There was an education section on butterflies and bees. A fabulous spot for nature lovers of all ages.
  • Very educational and beautiful! Fun little place for the kids to play full of puppets and lots of Hands-On activities. Lots of information on the wildlife and indigenous plant life in the area and what the Rio grande used look like compared to what it looks like now. We got to see tons of ducks, lots of turtles, and a few frogs!

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