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Open Space

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

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.

SOCIAL DISTANCING ON THE TRAILS:

While our Open Space trails are a great asset during this time, it’s critical that anyone visiting City Open Space and other public lands help take care of these lands as well. All trail users can help by practicing the following:

  • Maintain social distancing on trails of at least 6 feet from other trail users.
  • Keep group sizes to fewer than 5 people.
  • Pick up after your pets. Mutt Mitt stations and trash cans are available at most trailheads.
  • Pack out any trash from anything you bring with you on your hike (e.g. food wrappers, water bottles, etc.).
  • Stay on all designated trails to help reduce soil erosion and disturbances to plants and wildlife.
  • Enjoy, but do not disturb plants and wildlife.
  • Do not remove any artifacts, rocks, or other things that belong in Open Space.
  • Be courteous to other trail users and have fun.

Open Space trail users are also encouraged to remember general trail safety tips, like knowing where you are going, letting others know of your plans, and bringing a map, water, sunscreen and snack with you on any hike.

Finally, see more information below about properties that are less heavily used and provide opportunities for a safer experience. Other options include the Tijeras Arroyo, Juan Tomas, San Antonito, Calabacillas Arroyo, Manzano, and Quail Rancho Open Spaces. The City also manages Open Space in Sandoval County and the East Mountains, including Golden Open Space and the John A. Milne & Gutierrez Canyon. 

Open Space Lands Information

The Open Space Visitor Center

(This facility is currently closed to the public)

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The Open Space Alliance

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

Open Space Summer Series

From Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend, the Open Space Division celebrates the beauty of Elena Gallegos park, Open Space trails and other properties with its annual Open Space Summer Series. The Saturday programming features sunset concerts and other programs at Elena Gallegos park. Sundays, explore a new area or engage with Open Space through presentations from experts in the field. To register, create an account or log in at play.cabq.gov. Stay tuned for Summer Series 2020 events!

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

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

Out of Doors: Acts of Ecology in Albuquerque

Oct 12, 2019 09:00 AM to Jan 31, 2021 05:00 PM
The vision of Art Park 21 (AP21) is for an innovative 21st century art park located in New Mexico. The park will feature eco-art installations that take 21st century views of our relationship with our ecosphere. The inaugural exhibition of the project is “Out of Doors: Acts of Ecology in Albuquerque.”