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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.


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 was a key factor in determining desired connections, access, and facility improvements.

Please review our project webpage and the West Mesa Trails Plan (WMTP) at the following link: and the West Mesa Trails Plan (WMTP) pdf

Please email [email protected] with any comments or feedback about the WMTP by July 1st 2024.

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