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Open Space

Information about the City of Albuquerque's Open Space Division.

Happening May 8th

Keep it Rio!

Keep it Rio

Summer Hikes

To register, email Kyle at [email protected] or call 505-768-4205. Limited number of availability.


May 23rd- Golden Open Space, moderately strenuous 8:30 am
A guided hike around a staff favorite property, nestled in Sandoval County. Minimal to no shade.

June 13th- San Antonito, Moderate 8:30 am
A guided hike around one of our smaller, lesser known properties in the east mountains.

June 27th- Milne, moderately strenuous 8:30 am
Located in the East mountains, Milne is known for having a wide variety of wildflowers.

July 11th- Juan Tomas, Moderately strenuous 8:30am
A guided hike around one of Open Spaces first and largest properties. Juan Tomas is also known for having a great variety and presentation of wildflowers

July 25th- Bosque Ponds, Easy 8:30am
An easier walk through the Bosque to learn about the local flora.

August 8th- Elena Gallegos, Moderate 8:30 am
A guided hike around the Elena Gallegos


Collage of images

Cultural Astronomy Lecture Series

 

About the Open Space Division

Open Space works to acquire and protect the natural character of land designated as major public Open Space in the 1988 revised City of Albuquerque Comprehensive Plan.

These lands, which comprise more than 29,000 acres in and around Albuquerque, are managed to:

  • Conserve natural and archaeological resources
  • Provide opportunities for outdoor education
  • Provide a place for low impact recreation
  • Define the edges of the urban environment.

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Social Distancing on the Trails

While our Open Space trails are a great asset during this time, it’s critical that anyone visiting City Open Space and other public lands help take care of these lands as well.

All trail users can help by practicing the following:

  • Wear a face covering or mask at all times while visiting Open Space properties.
  • Maintain social distancing on trails of at least 6 feet from other trail users.
  • Keep group sizes to fewer than 5 people.
  • Pick up after your pets. Mutt Mitt stations and trash cans are available at most trailheads.
  • Pack out any trash from anything you bring with you on your hike (e.g. food wrappers, water bottles, etc.).
  • Stay on all designated trails to help reduce soil erosion and disturbances to plants and wildlife.
  • Enjoy, but do not disturb plants and wildlife.
  • Do not remove any artifacts, rocks, or other things that belong in Open Space.
  • Be courteous to other trail users and have fun.


 

Open Space trail users are also encouraged to remember general trail safety tips, like knowing where you are going, letting others know of your plans, and bringing a map, water, sunscreen and snack with you on any hike.

Finally, see more information below about properties that are less heavily used and provide opportunities for a safer experience. Other options include the Tijeras Arroyo, Juan Tomas, San Antonito, Calabacillas Arroyo, Manzano, and Quail Rancho Open Spaces. The City also manages Open Space in Sandoval County and the East Mountains, including Golden Open Space and the John A. Milne & Gutierrez Canyon.

News and Newsletters
See news items relevant to Open Space and new and archived newsletters.
Open Space Advisory Board
Access agendas and minutes for upcoming and previous Open Space Advisory Board meetings.

Open Space Information

Open Space Lands Information

Trail Maps
Maps! Download Open Space trail maps.

Goggle maps
City Open Space Space partners with Google to provide virtual tours of Open Space trails.

Annual Pass
Open Space Annual Pass form and information.

Open Space Lands
More information about City of Albuquerque Open Space Lands

Volunteer
Open Space needs your help! Volunteer today. There are many different volunteer positions available.
Open Space Alliance
Open Space Alliance is a nonprofit (c3) which helps support Open Space programming. Donations to the Alliance are a vital part of helping keep programs free to the public.

Open Space Visitor Center

This facility is open!

Address: 6500 Coors Blvd NW, Albuquerque
Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm.
NOTE New Phone:(505) 768-4950

NOTE -For those accessing the trails from the visitor center, please note that the Open Space Visitor Center parking lot gate closes at 5:00 pm

The Open Space Visitor Center (OSVC) has exhibits interpreting the natural and cultural resources the Open Space Division protects. See a variety of art and media from local, national and international artists in the Open Space Visitor Center Gallery.


OSVC

Visitor Center Visitor Center Gallery

Open Space Activities

Things to do at Open Space

Shooting Range Park
The Shooting Range Park provides a safe convenient location for Albuquerque residents and visitors to enjoy shooting sports and learn the skills of firearms for personal protection and hunting.

Paddle Sports
With the proper equipment and preparation a float down the Rio Grande in a kayak, raft, or canoe is a safe and fun way for the entire family to enjoy one of our City’s most precious natural resources.

Rio Grande Valley State Park
The Rio Grande Valley State Park is located along the Rio Grande and offers outdoor activities.

Get Into Open Space
Teachers! The Get Into Open Space program provides rented bus service for school-aged children to attend Open Space Alliance and City of Albuquerque Open Space Division supported service learning projects.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Small in Nature

Apr 24, 2021 09:00 AM to Jul 03, 2021 05:00 PM
New Mexico based nature and landscape photographer specializing in large format printed macrophotography. Focused on native species to the Rio Grande valley.

Lets Meet in the Middle, A Collaborative Synthesis of Nature & Art

May 08, 2021 09:00 AM to Jul 17, 2021 05:00 PM
Lets Meet in the Middle features serigraphs influenced by the landscapes and Beauty of New Mexico. The collaboration between the artists create individual as well as group works. Contemporary landscapes and abstract interpretations are inspired by endless vistas, large skies, and colorful sunsets of New Mexico. Paintings and photographs presented by P. K. Williams, Jeanette Cook, Kate Palmo, and Rebecca Nolda

The Three Hearthstones and the Birth of the Sun: The Orion Nebula in the Cosmology of the Maya

May 15, 2021 from 01:00 PM to 02:00 PM
Presented by City of Albuquerque Open Space Visitor Center Lecture Series on Cultural Astronomy. Cultures worldwide have observed and utilized celestial events for millennia. Archaeologists, anthropologists, historians, astronomers, and other scholars have examined the materials left by peoples to better understand their cultural world views. This series will explore astronomy through a cultural lens of observation.

Kundalini Yoga

May 22, 2021 from 09:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Kundalini yoga, also known as the yoga of awareness, enhances circulation, stress reduction, strength, flexibility, and nervous system function.

Kundalini Yoga

May 29, 2021 from 09:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Kundalini yoga, also known as the yoga of awareness, enhances circulation, stress reduction, strength, flexibility, and nervous system function.

Kundalini Yoga

Jun 05, 2021 from 09:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Kundalini yoga, also known as the yoga of awareness, enhances circulation, stress reduction, strength, flexibility, and nervous system function.

Kundalini Yoga

Jun 19, 2021 from 09:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Kundalini yoga, also known as the yoga of awareness, enhances circulation, stress reduction, strength, flexibility, and nervous system function.

Kundalini Yoga

Jun 26, 2021 from 09:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Kundalini yoga, also known as the yoga of awareness, enhances circulation, stress reduction, strength, flexibility, and nervous system function.

Kundalini Yoga

Jul 03, 2021 from 09:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Kundalini yoga, also known as the yoga of awareness, enhances circulation, stress reduction, strength, flexibility, and nervous system function.

New Mexico Light

Oct 02, 2021 09:00 AM to Dec 18, 2021 05:00 PM
Fiber arts and tapestries which teach about and interpret their experiences of open space.