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San Antonio Oxbow Bluffs

Learn about the San Antonio Oxbow Bluffs (aka Poole Property) adjacent to the West Side Bosque, one of the Open Space Division's newest acquisitions.

LOCATION: 5001 Namaste Road NW
CONTACT: Adryana Vialpando, Planner  505-768-4203  [email protected]

San Antonio Oxbow Bluffs (SAOB) is a 23-acre property  purchased from the Poole family in Spring of 2021 by the City of Albuquerque’s Open Space Division with assistance from the State of New Mexico. In fall 2021, the OSD provided several walking tours and community listening sessions to obtain feedback about how the community would like to utilize the property. The OSD will begin next phases in the planning process.


The City of Albuquerque Open Space Division underwent a comprehensive planning process for the approval of the San Antonio Oxbow Preferred site plan. The project was presented and recommended for approval by the Open Space Advisory Board in August 2023. Then on October 18th 2023 the project was presented and approved by the Environmental Planning Commission.

Next Steps

Next steps include construction of phase 1 to begin in 2024. The property will not be open to the public during this time except for guided tours and service projects. Please refer to our website for continued updates.

Graphic layout of a plan of San Antonio Oxbow Open Space

Review the slide presentation and community feedback taken in the fall of 2021.

Oxbow Marsh Restoration and Maintenance

The OSD is currently conducting restoration and maintenance projects in the Oxbow Marsh, located just below the SOAB. Projects include beaver dam mitigation, invasive species removal, and an endangered species survey. The OSD will coordinate quarterly volunteer stewardship events to engage the community in the restoration and management of this valuable habitat. These events will be posted on the Open Space City website when they are finalized.

The OSD is also working with the Bosque School and St. Pius X, who have graciously volunteered to perform general species inventories and help monitor the environmental quality of the Oxbow Marsh and surrounding area. These efforts are important to help inform science-backed management and preserve the quality of the oxbow for future generations. Additionally, The Native Plant Society is conducting bi-annual plant inventories. The OSD will continue to engage partners and the community in these efforts and additional citizen science projects.

To learn how to get involved with restoration projects at the Oxbow Marsh, contact Open Space Field Biologist Joanna Strange 505-768-4208 or [email protected].

A trail map of the San Antonio Oxbow, Oxbow Extension (Poole Property) and surrounding Bosque