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Aldo Leopold Loop Trail is a 2.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Albuquerque, New Mexico that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 2.3 miles Elevation Gain: 6 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly


nature trips


bird watching




partially paved





It has been reported this trail has a temporary closure due to COVID-19. Please see the park's website for up to date information. Parking Fee: $3

over grown
5 days ago

Very easy, and well groomed trails. You can see the river only at certain spots.

8 months ago

If you park in the parking lot there was s a $3 fee AND the gate is locked at 5pm. The trail is a lovely paved walkway along the river and lined with trees. Leaves were yellow in late October. We didn't do the whole loop because we got there late and didn't want our car locked in. I'm sure you could park out on the street and walk in.

8 months ago

We parked at the state park nature center $3. Dogs are not allowed in the state park so we actually had to take a route around the nature center. There are multi-use paved trails and some crushed gravel walking trails that work their way by the river and along a drainage ditch. The leaves were changing colors which was pretty awesome. Sadly there aren’t any good views of the river due to trees. A good place for a leisurely walk or to go for a run but not much of a hiking location.

8 months ago

Scenic walk especially in the fall very flat

Mon Jun 10 2019

Nice and easy "hike" very flat but it brings you right up to the Rio Grande. A little sandy, and a creek to cross if you go off the beaten path. We took the paved path back, which was nice. Watch for bikers.

Mon Jun 03 2019

A nice shady morning walk. We took the bridge over the canal at the North end and took the dirt trail on the East side of the canal where there were no bikes.

Sun Feb 24 2019

Was a very pleasant loop. Honestly, it’s more of a walk than a “hike”. But still had nice views. $3 to park. Don’t know if I’d pay three dollars to do it again but if you want a nice walk, in a safe area, this is a good place to do it. Watch out for horse poo!!

Fri Nov 09 2018

Easy walk without elevation gain. Lots of dogs and people along the trail as well as bicycle riders. Veer off trail to the Nature Center and learn about the surrounding vegetation. Also fun to watch the turtles in the channel.

Sat Oct 27 2018

Nothing taxing about this trail. Weather in late October was perfect. Fall color in the cottonwood trees was spectacular. There were lots of bike riders and not too many hikers. You can take your pick of distances. Very do-able with kids and dogs (old people too)!

Thu Aug 23 2018

nice trail, shaded, well maintained

Mon Jul 09 2018

we are doing this trail with the wellness coordinator at work. a really good trail for all levels

Wed Apr 04 2018

I love going once each season. It’s an awesome place and easy trails.

mountain biking
Sun Nov 19 2017

We found this by accident while bike riding. Great fall foliage.

Tue Sep 26 2017

Awesome simple trail! Kid and dog friendly, good for a simple walk.

Sun Nov 13 2016

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.

Sat Oct 15 2016

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

Tue Sep 27 2016

Good family hike around the bosque

Tue Apr 12 2016


Fri Mar 07 2014

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.

Tue Sep 18 2012

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.

Fri Feb 17 2012

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.

Thu Sep 02 2010

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.

mountain biking
24 days ago

mountain biking
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