Open Space

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

Introducing extended summer hours at the Open Space Visitor Center 

The City of Albuquerque is working to further accommodate the public at Open Space properties and facilities to engage visitors and all citizens in these majestic places around the city. Part of that effort includes a pilot to extend visitor center hours from Thursday - Sunday thru 8:30 am 7:00 pm The summer hours will begin this Saturday, July 3, 2021, and run until October 31, 2021. 

Open Space Division facilities are now 100% OPEN


Summer Hikes

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

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




Elena Gallegos Improvements

Interested in improvements to the Elena Gallegos Open Space? Attend the public meeting in-person or on Zoom on July 21, 2021, to learn about potential projects and give feedback. Click here to download the flyer.

EG 7.21.21 English

EG 7/21/21 Spanish


Sunset Concert Featuring Kidd Psycho and DJ Brook (aka BWord)

Saturday July 24, 2021 6:00pm

Image of the band, Kidd Psycho 

Kidd Psycho is a genre bending sonic exploration of emotion and experience. One will surely feel things while listening to them perform.

Image of the DJ Brooke

DJ Brook was born and raised in the great 505. She started mixing during quarantine and has a love for house music and happy sounds! She loves to make the people dance.


Open Space Division Newsletter


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:

  • 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

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


Tuesday & Wednesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm.
Thursday - Sunday 8:30 am - 7:00 pm

NOTE New Phone:(505) 768-4950

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.


Visitor Center Visitor Center Gallery

Open Space Activities

Things to do in 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.


Caught presented by Sam Elkind

Jul 10, 2021 09:00 AM to Sep 11, 2021 07:00 PM
Art show featuring photographs by Sam Elkind. Images highlight environmental tragedy through the lens of discarded plastics polluting New Mexico roadways.

Shakespeare at Open Space

Sep 10, 2021 from 07:30 PM to 09:00 PM
The New Mexico Shakespeare Festival Presents Twelfth Night O Lo Que Quieras Directed by Ana Maria Campoy

New Mexico Light

Oct 02, 2021 09:00 AM to Nov 20, 2021 05:00 PM
Fiber arts and tapestries which teach about and interpret their experiences of open space.