Open Space

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

Open Space facilities:

Elena Gallegos Picnic Area: 7:00am - 7:00pm daily November 1 - March 30 / 7:00 am - 9:00 pm April 1 - October 31
Open Space Visitor Center: 9:00am - 5:00pm Tuesday - Saturday (closed Sunday - Monday)
Open Space Trailhead at Indian School Road will be closed for emergency repairs beginning Monday, February 27, 2023 through Monday, March 7, 2023


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

All trail users can help by practicing the following:

  • 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: know where you are going, let others know of your plans, and bring a map, water, sunscreen and snack with you on any hike, be aware of park hours.

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

Trail Maps
Download Open Space trail maps.

Google 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

Open Space needs your help! Volunteer today. There are many different volunteer positions available.
Open Space Alliance
Open Space Alliance is a nonprofit that helps support Open Space programs. Donations to the Alliance help keep programs free to the public.

Open Space Visitor Center

Address: 6500 Coors Blvd NW, Albuquerque


Tuesday - Saturday 9:00am - 5:00pm

(closed Sunday - Monday)

Phone: (505) 768-4950

The Open Space Visitor Center 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.


Visitor Center Visitor Center Gallery

Open Space Activities


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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.


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