Sunday Hikes, Open Space Summer Series
The City of Albuquerque’s Parks & Recreation Department’s Open Space Division invites you to a summer of family friendly events during our Open Space Summer Series.
Our Sunday Hikes will explore Open Space’s outlying properties in the East Mountains and elsewhere. Please check our website, www.cabq.gov/openspace under Open Space Events for more information on details and directions to the individual events or call or contact Bill Pentler at 452-5222 or [email protected] for Pre-registration or other questions.
We’re sure you’ll enjoy the Summer Series while we nudge you and your family to expand your views and begin a lifelong ritual of returning to your newly discovered favorite Open Spaces. We hope you experience new wonders, enjoy old favorites, discover information that will widen your perspective of the world around you, and entice you to explore the benefits of 30 years of Open Space.
SUNDAY HIKES - From varied areas of Open Space
On Sundays, starting at 9:00 a.m., unless stated otherwise, knowledgeable guides and members of our community lead explorations and offer demonstrations in an assortment of fields and specialties. Please call Bill Pentler at 452-5222 for Pre-registration if stated. Our wish is to nudge you and your family to expand your views and begin a lifelong ritual of returning to your newly discovered favorite Open Spaces.
May 24th The Golden Open Space - Meet at 8:30 am. A 5 mile very strenuous hike to one of Open Space’s outlying properties led by Open Space’s own Jim Sattler. Bring water, snack, and whatever you need for a comfortable hike. Pre-registration Required
May 31st Revisiting Little Beaver Town - The 66 Property. A presentation of the history of one of Open Space’s outlying properties by Open Space’s Erik Zsemlye. Bring water, hat, and whatever you need for a comfortable hike.
June 7th Wildflower Hike –Elena Gallegos Pino Trailhead. A 2 to 3 hour moderate hike with the author of Wildflowers of the Sandia and Monzano Mountains, Dr. Larry Littlefield. Bring water and whatever you need for a comfortable hike.
June 14th The New Mexico Artist Blacksmith Association-Forging In the Foothills – Elena Gallegos Double Shelter. An instruction and demonstration of Blacksmith techniques. Find out more about them at http://nm-artist-blacksmiths.org
June 21st The Six Healing Sounds - Qigong– Poblanos Fields. A celebrate the Solstice with a 1 to2 hour introduction and demonstration of Qigong by Members of Lotus Dragon Tai Chi and Qigong. Find out more about them at Welcome to Lotus Dragon
June 28th The Four Hills Hike – Meet at 8:30 am. A strenuous hike to one of Open Space’s outlying properties. Bring water and whatever you need for a comfortable hike. Pre-registration Required
July 5th Mesa Prieta - Meet at 8:30 am. Mesa Prieta Canyon, Petroglyph National Monument. A strenuous hike in a little traveled area of the Petroglyph National Monument led by Dr. Matt Schmader of Open Space. Pre-registration Required
July 12th Bonsai Demonstration and Talk – Open Space Visitor Center. The basics of creating and maintaining Bonsai by members of the Albuquerque Bonsai Club. Find out more about them at Albuquerque Bonsai Club
July 19th Candelaria Farms Hike – Meet at 8:30 am. A moderate hike in one of Open Space’s outlying properties that is not usually open to the public. Bring water and whatever you need for a comfortable hike. Pre-registration Required
July 26th Introduction to GPS – Meet at 8:30 am. Elena Gallegos Cottonwood Springs. A 2 to 3 hour instruction led by Steve Glass of the Open Space Alliance. This all-ages Geocaching 101 workshop is part of a year-long program coordinated by the Open Space Alliance in celebration of the 2014 declaration of Albuquerque as an Urban Conservation Treaty for Migratory Birds city. More information about the UCTMB declaration can be found at http://www.fws.gov/migratorybirds/partnerships/urbantreaty/urbantreaty.html. In partnership with Bernco Geocachers, OSA has created a series of 12 geocaches around the Albuquerque/Bernalillo County area, each focused on a different bird species. More information about the "Burque Birding GeoFlight" can be found on www.geocaching.com (after creating an account), or at http://www.bernco.gov/news-press-release/234215/. Geocachers who find 9 of the 12 caches and record answers to cache questions on a GeoFlight passport are entitled to a unique, trackable geocoin, available at the Open Space Visitors Center. If you own a GPS receiver, or if you have a GPS or geocaching app on your smart phone, please bring it along! Pre-registration Required
August 2nd Mushroom Hike - Meet at 8:30 am. Milne Open Space and Sandia Peak. A 3 to 4 hour strenuous hike and instruction by David Wallis, President, New Mexico Mycological Society Regional Trustee, North American Mycological Association. Find out more about them at Members' Forum | New Mexico Mycological Society. Pre-registration Required
August 9th SNAP: A Nature and Photo Hike – Meet at 8:30 am. The Tingley Bosque Ponds. A 2 to 3 hour hike led by City of Albuquerque Parks and Recreation Department. Bring your camera. Pre-registration Required
August 16th Wilderness First Aid: An Overview –The Open Space Visitor Center. A 2 hour session led by Dara Johnson, Wilderness Medical Institute of NOLS instructor. Pre-registration Required
August 23rd Composting Workshop –The Open Space Visitor Center. A 1.5 hour instruction led by Jim Brooks of Soilutions. Learn more about them at Soilutions Bring gloves, hats, and whatever you’ll need to be comfortable working with soil. Pre-registration Required
August 30th A Day of Mindfulness and Nature – Meet at 8:30 am. Carolino Canyon. A morning of tranquility and meditation led by Dug Corpolongo of Albuquerque Buddhist Fellowship lasting a few hours or longer. Find more about them at http://www.lotusdragon.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=66&Itemid=77. Wear comfortable clothes, bring water, snack or lunch, and an open mind. Pre-registration Required.
DIRECTIONS TO EVENTS:
Carolino Canyon - Exit I-40 at the Tijeras exit and continue south 9 miles on 337 which most know as South Highway 14. Carolino Canyon will come up on your left. The rough address is 10900 Park Access Road, Tijeras but look for the sign designating Carolino.
Elena Gallegos Park - The Elena Gallegos Park is located at the end of Simms Park Road, east of Tramway Boulevard, just north of Academy.
Main Loop – Turn right at the Entry Booth and follow the road. It loops past many trailheads and parking areas finally returning to the Entry Booth.
Pino Trailhead – Follow the road to the right of the entry booth and at the top of the loop, near a restroom, is the Pino Trailhead. It’s marked by a small sign.
Cottonwood Springs – Turn left or go around the entry booth and follow the road north until it dead ends at the large gravel parking area.
Double Shelter Amphitheater – Turn right at the entry booth and follow the road two-thirds of the way around the Main Loop. The Double Shelter parking area will come up on your left just after you begin to head back toward the entry booth.
Kiwanis Shelter – Turn left or go around the entry booth and follow the road going north. Continue down the road through the dips and curves and the Kiwanis Shelter will come up on your right. Enter through the first gate and park.
The 66 Property – From Tramway and Central drive east on Central or Old 66 for one third of a mile, passing the Believer’s Center. The gate for the property will come up on your right or on the south side of the road.
Los Poblanos Fields – Drive west on Montaño from I-25 or Fourth Street and turn north on Tierra Viva Road. The parking area is on the left.
Open Space Visitor Center – Located at 6500 Coors Blvd. between Montaño and Paseo Del Norte. Look for the brown signs saying “Open Space Visitor Center” and turn east on Bosque Meadows Road. Look for the sculpture of multiple metal bars painted blue.
Tingley Bosque Ponds – Drive to Tingley Drive south of Central and take your first right into the north parking area just north of the Train Station. Turn right and park in the most northern parking area which is a large dirt area. There is a gate there for access into the Bosque.
For the remaining hikes, please call Bill Pentler at 452-5222 for Pre-Registration and directions will be given at that time.