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Information about the City of Albuquerque's Open Space Division.


The Open Space Visitor Center

Learn more about the Open Space Visitor Center.

Open Space Lands

Open Space Events

Open Space News

    Support Open Space Division

    Help the Open Space Division.


    Find out about Trail Watch and Visitor Center volunteer programs and learn how to adopt an Open Space.

    Open Space Alliance

    About the Open Space Division

    Photos courtesy Bill Pentler.

    Open Space works to acquire and protect the natural character of land designated as major public Open Space in the 1988 revised City of Albuquerque Comprehensive Plan.

    These lands, which comprise more than 28,000 acres in and around Albuquerque, are managed to:

    • Conserve natural and archaeological resources
    • Provide opportunities for outdoor education
    • Provide a place for high and low impact recreation
    • Define the edges of the urban environment.

    Open Space Police

    Officers from the Albuquerque Police Department patrol Open Space areas by foot, vehicle, horseback, and mountain bicycle.

    These fully commissioned law enforcement officers make contact with the public to educate and oversee compliance with rules and regulations. Their dual mission is to protect the Open Space lands and resources while ensuring a safe and enjoyable visit.

    In addition to these officers, Open Space lands are regularly monitored by volunteers, who are trained to observe and protect the natural characteristics of the environment.

    Contact Open Space Division Administrative Offices

    Phone: (505) 452-5200 or 311
    Email: [email protected]

    Mailing Address

    Open Space Division
    Parks and Recreation
    P.O. Box 1293
    Albuquerque, NM 87103

    Administrative Offices Physical Address

    3615 Los Picaros SE
    Albuquerque, NM 87105

    Open Space Visitor Center

    6500 Coors NE
    Albuquerque, NM 87120
    (505) 897-8831

    Open Space Events

    Revived, An Upcycle Art Show

    Upcycling is perhaps a hallmark of what is known as a “circular economy,” a concept for an industrial economy that is, by design or intention, restorative in nature.

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    Spring Cleanup in the Sandia Foothills

    Join the Open Space Division in a Spring cleanup of your favorite Foothills Open Space area!

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    6th Annual Recycled Art (& Science) Fair

    City of Albuquerque Parks and Recreation Department’s Open Space Visitor Center presents The Sixth Annual Recycled Art (& Science) Fair

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    Greywater Recycling

    A Greywater Course taught by Peter Gallo of the Old School

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    The Art and Science of Composting

    Learn about composting! Registration is required.

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