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Bosque Trail is a 15.9 mile heavily trafficked point-to-point trail located near Corrales, New Mexico that features a river 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.

Length 15.9 mi Elevation gain 75 ft Route type Point to Point

Dogs on leash

Wheelchair friendly

Kid friendly

Stroller friendly

Hiking

Horseback riding

Mountain biking

Nature trips

Road biking

Walking

Bird watching

Running

Paved

River

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

City walk

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The Paseo del Bosque Bike Trail, known to locals as "the Bosque," (pronounced Boss - key) is one of the premier bicycle trails in the southwestern United States. It is even better in early October during the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. Not only is early fall a good time to ride the trail due to cooler weather, but your chances of spotting gorgeously colorful balloons in the wee hours of the morning is much better, also. The trail is right in the city of Albuquerque, it gets used quite heavily. Yet it never seems crowded and, like on most trails, the bikers, strollers, and skaters all seem happy to be outside enjoying this gem of a trail. And, as an added bonus in addition to the Rio Grande River scenery, the friendly people, and the perfectly graded trail ride, you may be lucky enough to spot a roadrunner, coyote, or deer along the trail.

Parking at 6 city parks along the route.

Balloon Fiesta website http://www.balloonfiesta.com/ Albuquerque bike paths website http://www.cabq.gov/bike/ Bosque trail on trailsnet.com http://www.trailsnet.com/bosque_trail.html Santa Fe and Bosque trails by Rail Runner Express on trails network blog http://trailsnet.blogspot.com/2010/06/bikes-on-trains.html Albuquerque Zoo and Aquarium information http://www.cabq.gov/biopark/zoo/ Santa Fe Rail Trail information http://www.trailsnet.com/santa_fe_rail_trail.html

- If you can only make it to the Bosque one time, you've got to visit during the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. - If you ride the Bosque during the summer months, you should get an early start. It gets hot in the afternoon, and there's a limited supply of shade. - It goes without saying that you should pack plenty of water. - Leave yourself some extra days to explore some of the other trails in Albuquerque. - For another great bike ride, catch the Rail Runner Express to Santa Fe for the Santa Fe Rail Trail. It's more of a mountain bike trail, but still appropriate for most families. The train ride alone is a blast and extremely inexpensive. - If you are riding the trail with children, you may want to start/finish near the zoo or Tingley Park. There are plenty of great kid-friendly activities in this portion of Albuquerque. The (miniature) train ride alone is a great attraction for kids of all ages. - The Bosque is suitable for wheelchairs and, on most portions, for Trikkes, inline skates, and the Elliptigo. - The far southern end of the trail is notable for producing lots of flat tires, especially on high-pressure tires (road bikes). It's not a bad idea to carry a spare tube or patch kit.

Exit I-25 at Alameda. Head west to the Alameda open space park for the northern trailhead.

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Noah J. Fay
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Road biking

Nice trail. Great nature, fresh air, and the smell of river you can't resist. Riding the entire trail sometimes puts me in a zen state of mind. Probably my overall favorite bike path in Albuquerque. I do get somewhat nervous when there are a lot of people on the path so I tend to ride it really early in the morning (around 5-6AM). To me, if the path was widened to have two lanes going on each side, (like one for bicycles and one for pedestrians) I think it would feel safer to ride when the trail starts to add up with people. I also think there need to be more signs that instruct people on how to deal with certain situations that often occur on the trail in my opinion because there have been some close calls I have seen while riding. Try to be as safe and as courteous as best as you can with others when it does add up. But despite those issues from my experience, it doesn't take from the enjoyment I experience while riding the trail. Would recommend to anyone.

Mike Bernard
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Bike touring

Nice trail. Iwent from Alameda. to Montano and back. Although I was 100yds from the Rio Grande, I didn't see it until I was almost back to the start. Nice views of the large estates.

Mark Lamb
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Running

Wouldn't have sought this out on it's own. If looking to get mileage in for a run while in ABQ without a lot of elevation gain, or if you're on a time crunch, this gets the job done. Did it before flying out, so it worked perfect in that I didn't have to worry as much about getting lost or distracted by more fun trails the way I do in the Sandias.

Frankie Trujillo
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Mountain biking

It was kinda ugly. No wildlife, no vegetation.

Andy Rivera
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Mountain biking

With the Rio Grande River overflow at Tingley going North I had to take the paved road for about a mile then jump right back on the dirt trail following the river it’s always a great ride and lots of nice people out there it’s one of my happy places to ride on the weekends always going back keep in mind the trail is on the east side of the river

Shamarie Shells
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Hiking

Urban trail if you like...when weather is bad and you want to be outside and enjoying nature...the zoo can be a great alternative!!!

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cheryl k.
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Road biking

Flat, paved multi-use trail along the Rio Grande river. Very flat and mostly straight, can get boring on a bike (it all looks the same). We were advised by locals to stay north of Center Street.

Katy Mulbery
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Jessica Perry
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Hiking

Initially dropped off at the Alameda Open Space, I walked down a paved trail most popular for bicyclists for a short time before taking a narrow dirt path that dipped down and away from the main trail and closer toward the river. Several small trails scattered across sandy footing under the expanse of cotton wood trees with many leading to the water’s edge.

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Carlos D
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Mountain biking

fun trail to do with kids to take them out and enjoy being out on bikes. plenty to see if you like the bosque . only reminder I have for people is to remember the trail is on east side of river.

Siamak F.
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Road biking

We drive 4 hours from El Paso just to ride on this trail once or twice a year... We love it.

Melissa Gibson
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I go to the Bosque trail all the time. I park in the Alameda Open Space parking lot. It’s the only parking area with bathroom access. The trial itself is flat and paved. It’s usually pretty crowded on the weekends but it’s secluded from main roads and has some shade from the cottonwood trees. You’ll pass by a few farms and see some horses on the trail occasionally. You can access the river from the main trail at some areas as well.

Melinda Edwards
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Highly disappointed. Walking trail we picked went along backyards. Little shade, and good luck finding a map and dust in-between my toes.

Ernie Vaughn
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Walking

Very nice walk!

Josué Urrutia
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great way to train for marathons, bike races or even just a walk with the family. I live on the west side and have done this trail from beginning to end for years. It is big enough that provide different experiences and accessible enough for even the most casual of hikes.

Joseph Nimrichter
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Love this trail as it runs right next to the Rio Grande. Best time to go is early morning less traffic and dogs. Encountered a few Coyotes but they fear you more than you fear them.

Carolyn Newhouse
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Running

Beautiful trail along the Rio Grande River! I didn’t see anyone else on the trail so it was a very peaceful workout. The trail is soft. Parking is available along several acequias — I recommend starting in Corrales because the trail is soft dirt instead of pavement and it isn’t as crowded as entry points further south. Enjoy!

Michael E.
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Road biking

excellent paved bike/hike trail. more like mini road. well maintained.

Jim Mauzy
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Great for biking. Never have to cross a street.

Ben Worsley
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Hiking
C M
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very good trail a little soft in some areas but otherwise really good trail

OnaAnushka Gillispie
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I really enjoy this trail. I am a lover of running, walking, cycling and just getting lost. To me the Bosque is perfect for those moments you just need to be alone in nature, without having to travel so far.

Christina A.
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Road biking

The Bosque trail is great for bikers, walkers, and roller bladers. I visited for the first time on Memorial Day. The Alameda parking lot was packed at 9AM, and there were a lot of people on the trail near each parking area, but the trail actually didn't seem that crowded. Almost everyone was courteous. The trail is flat and extremely well-maintained. I rode from Alameda to Bridge Blvd and back (roughly 20 miles roundtrip), so got to see the biopark, zoo, and beach. It's greener than most of ABQ, which is nice. As this is the only bike trail near me that isn't broken up by intersections, I will definitely be back. Next time I'm going to try parking at Boxing Bear since we ended up there anyway!

j p
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Running

This review is for trail running. I give this trail a bad review because I just don't like it. Here are the reasons: I feel like I'm running in a post-apocalyptic world when I'm on this trail. It's flat and ugly and it reminds me of everything I dislike about NM. I realize I'm in the minority on this trail. But I can't stand it. It's just boring. Pros: If you like easy trails (flat), and seeing people riding their bikes and the dirty river or the scraggly bushes then this trail will be great. You can find shade if you're running the spurs that branch off the main trail you'll find shade of course. Honestly I don't know why so many people love the Bosque. I guess it's because you get to see a lot of people and the trail is flat. But I think it's pretty ugly in places.

Brandy Heffern
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Walking

Peaceful walk, not strenuous at all. Ground was even, kid friendly. Pretty muddy this time of year though.

Michael Noe
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The unpaved Bosque is shaded single track heaven in NM! Mountain bikers barely care about this place thanks to the Foothills. Rewarding place to ride if you can live with zero elevation gain on your Strava app!

Michael Cain
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Walking

Very flat and wide enough to accommodate both bikers and walkers. There are 2 trails, one on either side of the river but the wide dirt "lower" trail is trafficked by horses so proceed with caution. Trail says it is not open until 7am but when we showed up the gate wasn't locked.

Pedro Estevan
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Mountain biking

easy

Rick Robb
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Road biking

A great ride in Albuquerque. Start at the parking lot at Alameda Blvd and the river. Ride it to "The End of Albuquerque" and back. The ride is flat but scenic. Boxing Bear Brewing is a half-mile from where you parked -- a nice way to finish the day.

Francesca Bianchi
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Hiking

Easy, with a pretty view of the river right next to you. Very easy to walk alongside.

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