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Candelaria Nature Preserve

Information about the 167-acre Candelaria Nature Preserve.

A Brief History of the Candelaria Nature Preserve

Sandhill Crane drawing

In 1977 the City of Albuquerque purchased approximately 167 acres in the north valley to create a nature preserve with an outdoor recreation component. The property was purchased with money from the Land and Water Conservation Fund. Since the property's purchase, Candelaria Nature Preserve has been operated and maintained by the City of Albuquerque Open Space Division and the Rio Grande Nature Center State Park as a part of a network of open spaces that:

  • Preserves and protects natural features and cultural resources,
  • Creates a sense of place for residents and visitors,
  • Provides educational and recreational opportunities, and;
  • Contributes to a network of Rio Grande migratory bird refuges along the Rio Grande.

The City of Albuquerque is in the process of creating a resource management plan for the 167-acre Candelaria Nature Preserve located right in the middle of the city, and we are asking for your input! Email comments to [email protected].

Resource Management Plan Goals

The fundamental goals of this resource management plan include:

  • Comply with City Council requirements by:
    • Managing the property for its original dual purposes of a nature study area and wildlife preserve, while providing compatible public outdoor recreation opportunities,
    • Correcting issues of non-compliance with Land and Water Conservation Fund rules and policies,
    • Basing the Resource Management Plan primarily on the 1979 Predock Plan and drawing relevant information from other planning documents, and
    • Developing feasible alternatives that comply with City Council Resolution R-16-147 and LWCF regulations.

Drafts and other documents

(Please note that these documents are organized chronologically starting with the most recent).

Click here to view the latest version of the Candelaria Nature Preserve Resource Management Plan

Below are the documents for the September 11, 2019, public meeting:

Below is the panel presentation presented at the June 22nd, 2019, public meeting. The first panel includes wildlife habitat maps representing the existing conditions, transition plan, and 20 restored wildlife habitat plan. The second panel represent options for limited and increased public access and outdoor recreation opportunities.

Below are potential management alternatives prepared by SWCA and presented to the Technical Advisory Group during the April 11, 2019, meeting.

Past Public Outreach Schedule

  • Stakeholder Interviews – November and December 2018
  • Public Meeting #1 – Goals Establishment – January 30, 2019 - Agenda, Meeting Presentation
  • Candelaria Nature Preserve Discovery Hikes – February, March 2019
    • Click on the link below for your preferred time and location. It will direct you to the City's event registration website. Add the item to your cart, and the site will ask you to login or register for an account. Please follow the prompts to complete the registration process. If you experience any difficulties registering for the hike of your choice, please call (505) 452-5202.
    • Candelaria Nature Preserve - North (Beginning at the Woodward House)
    • Candelaria Nature Preserve - South (Beginning at the Rio Grande Nature Center parking lot)
    • Construction Notice - Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority will begin construction beginning Feb. 22, 2019, that will affect the intersection of Rio Grande and Candelaria. Travel to, from, and around the Candelaria Nature Preserve will be affected.
      View detour information.
  • Public Meeting #2 – Option Consideration – June 22, 2019, from 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. at Woodward House.
    Download a flyer for the June 22 meeting
  • Public Meeting #3 – Preferred Option Consideration – Sept. 11, 2019, from 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. at the Rio Grande Nature Center; Download a flyer for the September 11 meeting. Please note that anyone visiting the Rio Grande Nature Center must follow a detour around the construction at the intersection of Candelaria and Rio Grande Blvd. Candelaria and Rio Grande Closure Detour to Nature Center.jpg
  • The following documents were presented by the Technical Advisory Group at the public meetings: