Located on the central Rio Grande flyway, Rio Grande Nature Center State Park offers excellent bird watching throughout the year. Visitors can observe about 250 species of birds including roadrunners and wood ducks. A trail system along the river, demonstration gardens and indoor and outdoor wildlife viewing areas add to this valuable public resource.

3 months ago

Easy access to the river make this trail worth taking. Best done either early in the morning or mid autumn. I plan to go back during a snow fall.

Very peaceful and beautiful walk. Just not big enough to enjoy it all day!

Good family hike around the bosque

trail running
7 months ago


1 year ago

2 years ago

Great to get away from the city. The walk along the river gives good views of the west Mesa and rich peoples houses. The nature center is cool and has great bird/wildlife watching areas.

4 years ago

4 years ago

Nice little hike- partial shade. A few different loop trails to follow but there are a lot of off-shoots so we used the map provided at the visitor center to stay on track. Took my 4 year old son this morning and he enjoyed the hike, river, bridges and turtles at the center which also had very friendly staff.

It's a fun place for families with small kids or people who are unable to walk long distances. There are several trails that spaghetti along the river, some on purpose and others due to irresponsible hikers. The hike to the pond is nice too.

The lake (or pond) is a nice place to be; however, the park is tiny. There is an extensive bike trail to the west of the park, which is more eventful.