Open Space Lands
Albuquerque Open Space is mostly comprised of lands acquired by the City of Albuquerque. Open Space also includes properties owned by other entities and co-managed by the Open Space Division.
Each piece of land contains a number of areas that provide the public with a variety of facilities and uses. Additionally, Albuquerque was listed as having the highest percentage of parkland and Open Space for small cities in the United States.
- NEW! City Open Space Space partners with Google to provide virtual tours of Open Space trails using Google Trekker.
- Download PDF maps for Open Space areas such as the Sandia Foothills and Rio Grande Valley State Park.
Check out the Open Space Facilities Map to learn more about the City of Albuquerque Open Space System:
- Facilities map (PDF).
- Open Space facilities map (JPEG)
- Chart with detailed information on Open Space areas
More Open Space Land Information:
- View Open Space Resource Management Plans
- Fire Restrictions: View fire prevention and restriction levels.
Listing of City of Albuquerque Open Space Lands:
The City of Albuquerque Open Space Division recognizes the need for accessible recreation for all visitors. Accessibility is a top priority with Open Space as new parking areas and facilities are developed.
The City of Albuquerque first celebrated Leopold’s love for the Rio Grande’s cottonwood forest in 1998 by dedicating a fully accessible loop trail near the Rio Grande Nature Center in Leopold’s honor. The Aldo Leopold Forest is planned for the area just north of this well known trail.
Boca Negra Canyon provides easy access for visitors who want to view petroglyphs and other interesting geologic and cultural features up close.
Boca Negra Map
This unique trail and destinations guide was produced by the Open Space Division in 2009 during our 25th Anniversary year.
Information on Carolino Canyon
Information on the East Mountain Open Space.
Elena Gallegos Map
Visitors to Elena Gallegos Picnic Area and Albert G. Simms Park enjoy many activities below the backdrop of the Sandia Mountains, which were named for their pink colors at sunset - "Sandia" is Spanish for "watermelon."
Ways to Safely Enjoy and Protect the Rio Grande in Albuquerque.
Indian School Map
Habitat Restoration Project near the La Orilla Channel
Located in the South Valley, the 577-acre Montessa Park is the location for Open Space Administration Offices, the Brent Baca Memorial Disc Golf Course an off-leash dog park, and a special use off-road vehicle park.
Farmland produces the food we eat, recharges our aquifer, provides habitat for wildlife, and presents us with beautiful living landscapes.
Information about Open Space lands in Albuquerque.
The Petroglyph National Monument is cooperatively managed by the City of Albuquerque Open Space Division (OSD) and the National Park Service. See the attached map for more information to which agency to call for maintenance inquiries or general information.
Information about Paseo de la Mesa Trail.
Albuquerque's premiere multi-use trail, the Paseo del Bosque Trail, goes from the north to the south edges of the metro area through the Rio Grande's cottonwood bosque (forest).
Looking towards Albuquerque's West Mesa, one can't help noticing the area's distinctive geology and topography. A closer look reveals many clues of an active cultural and geologic history.
Piedra Lisa detailed
Detail map Piedra Lisa
Piedras Marcadas Canyon leads visitors on an undeveloped trail along the base of the basalt escarpment.
Enjoy your next family reunion, office picnic, club meeting, or wedding reception in a mountain setting. Three outdoor reservation areas are available for your next function.
Established by the State Legislature in 1983, this Park is managed cooperatively by the Open Space Division and the Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District (MRGCD). The 4,300-acre park extends from Sandia Pueblo in the north through Albuquerque and south to Isleta Pueblo.
RGVSP State Park Map
The Sandia Foothills Open Space contains approximately 2,650 acres of steep sloped hills intersected by gravelly drainages at the base of the Sandia Mountains.
City of Albuquerque Major Public Open Space areas located in Sandoval County
There are several designated Open Space lands and facilities that cater to non-hiking recreation. The available recreational activities vary greatly, and there is sure to be an activity for everyone in these beautiful lands.