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Open Space

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

The Open Space Visitor Center

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The Open Space Alliance

Join the Open Space Division's non-profit friends group, the Open Space Alliance.

Open Space Lands Information

Open Space Featured Events

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View upcoming events at the Open Space events calendar.

Open Space Activities

Volunteer

Learn about Trail Watch and Visitor Center volunteering.

Open Space News

Learn about relevant news items and read the quarterly Open Space Newsletter and back issues online.

Rules and Regulations

About the Open Space Division

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 29,000 acres in and around Albuquerque, are managed to:

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

The Open Space Advisory Board

The Open Space Advisory Board consists of citizens that assist the Open Space Division with the implementation of the Division's Mission.

Open Space Events

Río: a Photographic Journey Down the Old Río Grande

Sep 16, 2018 09:00 AM to Oct 28, 2018 05:00 PM
A selection of photographs from the book Río by Melissa Savage. The dynamic Río Grande has run through all the valley’s diverse cultures: Puebloan, Spanish, Mexican, and Anglo. Photography arrived in the region at the beginning of the river’s great transformation by trade, industry, and cultivation. In Río Melissa Savage has collected images that document the sweeping history of that transformation—from those of nineteenth-century expeditionary photographer W. H. Jackson to the work of the great twentieth-century chronicler of the river, Laura Gilpin. The photographs are assembled in thematic bundles—river crossings, cultivation, trade, floods, the Mexican insurrection, the Big Bend region, and the estuary where the river at last meets the Gulf of Mexico. (courtesy of unmpress.com)

Far Off the Path, Watercolors and Words by Betsy James

Oct 06, 2018 from 09:00 AM to 05:00 PM
Far Off the Path, Watercolors and Words, is an art exhibit by Betsy James. Betsy James is the author-illustrator of seventeen books for adults and children. Her latest novel, Roadsouls, was a finalist for the 2017 World Fantasy Award. She teaches at UNM Honors College, and lives in the North Valley.

Dia del Rio

Oct 20, 2018 from 08:30 AM to 01:00 PM
Join us in a day of service to help protect and nurture the bosque and river!

Return of the Sandhill Crane Celebration

Nov 10, 2018 from 09:00 AM to 05:00 PM
The Open Space Visitor Center (OSVC) invites the citizens of Albuquerque to help us welcome the Sandhill cranes back to their winter habitat along the Middle Rio Grande valley!