ABQ BioPark to reopen Botanic Garden with Adjusted Daytime, New Nighttime Hours

While timed ticketing still applies, night visitors can stroll through a winter wonderland with lighted holiday sculptures.

Dec. 8, 2020 -The ABQ BioPark is excited to announce the reopening of the Botanic Garden with both daytime and nighttime hours through mid-January. Upon reopening, the garden will continue its Covid-safe policies to comply with state public health orders and keep the public, staff and animals safe.

The garden will reopen to guests starting Saturday, December 12. Daytime hours of operation will be Wednesdays-Sundays from noon-4 p.m. Nighttime hours will run from 5 p.m.-9 p.m., also on Wednesdays-Sundays. Although the ABQ BioPark can't share River of Lights with the community this year, nighttime hours will give visitors the opportunity to experience a lit-up garden decorated with a number of lights and sculptures from the event.

"We were disappointed to cancel River of Lights this year and really wanted to find a way to keep the spirit of the season alive at the Botanic Garden," said ABQ BioPark Director Stephanie Stowell. "With a limited number of guests and advanced purchase tickets required, our nighttime hours will provide the community with a safe opportunity to enjoy a selection of our amazing lighted sculptures."

The Botanic Garden's new hours will run through January 17 with some closures for the holidays: December 24 and 31 will be open for daytime hours only and the ABQ BioPark is closed on December 25 and January 1.

Both daytime and nighttime hours will utilize the same timed ticketing system that was put in place at the ABQ BioPark in June. The last ticket window for daylight tickets starts at 3 p.m. daily and the last nighttime ticket window starts at 8 p.m.

Regular pricing of $10 for New Mexico residents and $5 for children applies to daytime tickets. Evening tickets will be $12 for adults and $6 for children, and all proceeds will go to the New Mexico BioPark Society to fund conservation, animal training, enrichment programs and other special projects at the BioPark. Tickets will be available soon and must be purchased online ahead of time at

View more information about evening hours at the Botanic Garden.

The ABQ BioPark will continue prioritizing safety at its facilities by taking a number of precautions:

  • ABQ BioPark staff will do a deep cleaning of the facility between daytime and nighttime hours each night.
  • Masks will be required for all staff and visitors.
  • Timed ticketing will allow only 150 guests in the facility at one time.
  • Nighttime visitors will use a one-way path that requires social distancing between guests.

Also starting this Saturday, the garden will be selling poinsettias during daytime hours from noon-3:30 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday while supplies last. Seven-inch plants and hanging baskets are $10 while 12-inch plants are $20. Visitors will select their plants from the Garden Showroom and then pay the cashier with a debit/credit card. No cash will be accepted. No admission is required to attend the plant sale.