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ABQ BioPark Limited Reopening

The Botanic Garden and Tingley Beach are now open. The Zoo will open to the public starting August 12. Special precautions at the Botanic Garden and Zoo include online timed ticketing, one-way paths and increased frequent cleaning of touch-points.

Zoo Opens August 7 to members and August 12 to Non-Members

  • The Zoo will be open daily from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Closed on Mondays starting August 17

During the first phase of reopening the BioPark, only the outdoor areas of the Zoo are open. Upon reopening, our guests can expect a different experience than before the closure. Any changes reflect the BioPark’s goal to keep our guests, our staff and the animals in our care safe.

Zoo Experience: Zoo Trek

Visitors to the Zoo will encounter the Zoo Trek, a one-way, 1.3-mile one-way path through outdoor areas including the new Birds of the Islands exhibit, newly renovated habitats for Raptor Roost, the Cat Walk, elephants, Africa exhibits including gorillas, hippos and giraffes, and more.

Botanic Garden Now Open With Modified Hours

The ABQ BioPark Botanic Garden is now open with modified hours: 

  • Early mornings and afternoons: 8 a.m.-2 p.m. daily
  • New evening hours: 5-8:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays
  • Closed on Mondays starting August 17

During the first phase of reopening the BioPark, only the outdoor areas of the Botanic Garden are open. Upon reopening, our guests can expect a different experience than before the closure. Any changes reflect the BioPark’s goal to keep our guests, our staff and the animals in our care safe. Learn more about the Botanic Garden's adjusted hours.

Botanic Garden Guest Experience: Garden Walk

One guest experience will be offered at this time: a Garden Walk. Garden Walk is a 1-mile path through many of the most beautiful areas of the ABQ BioPark Botanic Garden. View a map of Garden Walk. A Zoo Trek will also be offered when the Zoo reopens.

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Tingley Beach Open

Tingley Beach is open to the public. All visitors must wear a mask and socially distance. 

Aquarium and Indoor Areas Remain Closed

The ABQ BioPark Aquarium and any indoor habitats at the Zoo and Garden will remain closed during our initial reopening. These areas will reopen when the state's public health order indicates it is safe to do so.

Areas that remain closed during our current phase of reopening include the Aquarium; indoor areas of the Botanic Garden including the Mediterranean and Desert Conservatories, Curandera Garden loop, BUGarium, Pollinator Pavilion and Children’s Fantasy Garden; and indoor areas of the Zoo including Penguin Chill, the reptile and crocodile buildings and Life on a Limb.

Visitors Must Purchase Tickets Online in Advance

To minimize face-to-face contact, tickets for the Botanic Garden and Zoo must be purchased online in advance. Learn more here. The ABQ BioPark is currently offering a discount to New Mexico residents of $2 off adult admission and $1 off youth admission. At this time the BioPark will not be offering combo tickets.

Timed Ticketing

To ensure social distancing between guests, we are limiting the number of timed tickets available each day. Guests will choose a time and date when they purchase tickets online and must arrive within a half-hour of that time.

New Mexico BioPark Society members will continue to receive complimentary admission to the BioPark, but must now reserve a “ticket” online in order to visit.

Safety Measures

  • Restrooms will be available and will be cleaned and sanitized frequently.
  • All BioPark staff will be required to wear face masks.
  • All guests will be required to wear face masks per the executive order of the Governor of New Mexico. Wearing masks also helps protect our animals and staff.

Dining and Shopping

The garden and zoo shops will be open. 

Outdoor food and beverage options and outdoor kiosks for merchandise purchases will also be offered.

Guests are encouraged to bring their own reusable water bottles, as public water fountains will be turned off.

What to Bring for Your Visit

  • Face mask, as required by executive order of the Governor of New Mexico
  • Water bottle filled with water (fountains will be shut off)
  • Sunscreen
  • Entrance ticket (printed or on your electronic device)

Summary 

  • The Botanic Garden has new hours: 8 a.m.-2 p.m. daily and 5-8:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

  • The Zoo will open to the public starting August 12 and will be open daily from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

  • The Zoo and Botanic Garden will be closed on Mondays beginning August 17.

  • New Mexico residents will receive $2 off adult admissions and $1 off youth admissions.

  • There will be some changes to visitor experience, including timed ticketing.

  • You must bring a face mask and adhere to social distancing protocols for your visit.

  • Tickets should be purchased online in advance if possible.

  • Indoor habitats, including the Aquarium, remain closed during the first phase of reopening.

During our more-than two month closure, the ABQ BioPark and its nonprofit support organization, the New Mexico BioPark Society, missed out on revenue from admissions, the gross receipts tax, special events such as Run for the Zoo and food, beverage​ and merchandise sales. However, the BioPark is proud that all of our animals continued to receive the same level of care, food and veterinary support as always. The New Mexico BioPark Society appreciates the continued support of its donors, members and BioPark Parents in this difficult time.