4 of the most fun things to do in the Rio Grande State Park

Girl bird watching at the Rio Grande State Park

Exploring the great outdoors is good for both the mind and the body!  If you’re looking for the best destination for an adventure, head out West to the marvelous state of New Mexico.  The city of Albuquerque, in particular, features some of the most stunning scenery in the country.  Wide open spaces, towering mountains, and the Rio Grande River combine to create the perfect spot for an incredible day outside.  The Rio Grande State Park is one of the best places to explore; its abundance of beautiful land and natural features make it the ideal place for enjoying the fresh air of Albuquerque, New Mexico.  Discover some of the most fun activities of the Rio Grande State Park to help you start planning your getaway today.

4 amazing activities you can enjoy in the Rio Grande State Park

  1. hiking

This park contains 4,300 acres of gorgeous property, offering countless opportunities for outdoor activities.  An extensive network of paths and trails spread throughout the entire area, excellent for hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding.  You’ll be treated to some of the most picturesque scenery in the state along these trails; the park also offers a few overlook areas that provide panoramic views of the surrounding terrain.  One of the most well-known trails here is the Paseo del Bosque Trail, which totals to 16 miles in length and can also be used for horseback riding, biking, skating, and more.

  1. boating

Get out on the water for hours of fun!  The Rio Grande River, a massive body of water that stretches from the San Juan Mountains of Colorado to the Gulf of Mexico, is a fantastic spot for kayaking, canoeing, paddle boating, floating, and rafting.  Cast your line off the fishing pier in the Rio Bravo area to see if you can catch any of the rainbow trout that swim in these waters!  

  1. picnicking

The Rio Grande State Park includes multiple areas to set up the perfect picnic!  Most of these spots are among tall cottonwood trees to provide shade from the bright New Mexico sun.  Signs throughout the park will lead you to the closest picnic tables.  

  1. wildlife observation

With such a diverse environment, many animal species make this area their home.  Wildlife observation is a beloved pastime at the Rio Grande Nature Center State Park due to the countless different types of birds, mammals, amphibians, and reptiles that inhabit this area.  You might see beavers, as well as hummingbirds, ducks, geese, and other waterfowl along the riverbanks; look up and you might even spot one of the majestic bald eagles that frequently soar through this wilderness area!  This park also has plenty of nature trails available to those who love spotting beautiful creatures!

Looking for more places to spend time in the great outdoors of New Mexico?  Take a trip to Tingley Beach or the Jemez State Monument!

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front yard and patio of Bottger Mansion
shady front yard at the Bottger Mansion

No vacation is complete without some comfortable lodging!  Make the most of your getaway to the great outdoors of New Mexico by treating yourself to the best accommodations while you’re here.  The Bottger Mansion of Old Town is a historic bed and breakfast in the heart of Albuquerque offering lovely rooms, modern amenities, and friendly hospitality.  Explore the many attractions of Albuquerque or simply relax in our shady courtyard.  You will love your time in our peaceful inn in New Mexico, so check our availability and book your stay today!

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