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Boat Access

Where to launch boats from City of Albuquerque Open Space access points

Boating and River Access

It is legal to float down the Rio Grande in kayaks, canoes, rafts and other non-motorized water craft. Most good access points for boaters are outside of Open Space Division jurisdiction. Some river bridges in the Albuquerque area do offer parking a short distance from the river, making it possible to carry a boat to the river.

The Calabacillas Arroyo where it meets the river has parking and direct access to the river. The northwest side of the Alameda Bridge is outside of the Open Space system but is a popular place to launch. Boaters must follow all New Mexico State Parks regulations. Please see the New Mexico State Parks boating page for full regulations and for more information about boating the Rio Grande in the Albuquerque area or call 1-888-NMPARKS.