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West Mesa Open Space

There are over 10,000 acres of Open Space on the West Side of the City of Albuquerque.

Much of the open space acquired around the volcanoes, on the mesa top, and along the volcanic escarpment was included within Petroglyph National Monument in 1990. However, large tracts adjacent to the Monument remain under the sole
management of Rainbow over the petroglyphthe City. The 4,200 acre parcel of land is predominantly north and east of the volcanoes and preserves vast expanses of mesa-top lava flows, small volcanic features, archaeological sites, arroyo courses and wide vistas.

The Mesa Grasslands Preserve consists of over 3,800 acres west of the volcanoes in the Rio Puerco Valley. This area provides valuable habitat for certain plant and wildlife including an open range for herds of pronghorn antelope.

Areas

The West Mesa Open Space contains the following areas:

Current Planning Efforts

The Open Space Division is in the process of developing a multi-use, natural-surface trail network on approximately 3,600 acres of Open Space land surrounding Petroglyph National Monument. Stakeholder and community input is a key factor in determining desired connections, access, and facility improvements, and the City invites anyone who's interested to learn more at the project website, www.westmesatrails.org. This website provides maps of the areas under consideration for a formalized trail network, information about upcoming public meetings, previous presentation materials, and soon a survey for public input. You may also provide input by emailing [email protected].

Map illustrating Open Space properties on the West Mesa that are being considered in the West Mesa Trails Plan