Elena Gallegos Cottonwood Springs Nature Trail

EASY 21 reviews

Elena Gallegos Cottonwood Springs Nature Trail is a 1.3 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Albuquerque, New Mexico that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October.

1.3 miles
157 feet

kid friendly



mountain biking

nature trips

trail running



wild flowers


15 days ago

28 days ago

1 month ago

Beautiful, easy trail. Partially paved at the beginning followed by well defined dirt trail. Went in the evening and watched the sun set over the city. Nice view of the Sandias as well. There are a lot of benches and places to sit and admire the views. We even noticed a couple of BBQ pits. We plan on coming back to grill and watch the sunset! It was $1 to park when we arrived around 7:30pm. You have to exit by 9pm as they close the gates.

2 months ago

Great trail

3 months ago

Perfect place for people with small children!

4 months ago

Easy, short hike/walk. Great for families, well kept trail.

9 months ago

Excellent kept trails nice you can walk many different ones and get a full 5 miles in. Lots of bike traffic

9 months ago

Easy trail, great for an afternoon hike with the dogs!

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Very nice place to hike and enjoy the scenery and views!

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Beautiful views!

Saturday, February 13, 2016

First trail in Albuquerque not bad, took our time about 1hr. Only wildlife I saw was a cottontail rabbit. The pond was disappointing.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Monday, September 07, 2015

Sunday, May 17, 2015

We didn't do the whole trail--our main interest was the novelty of water in that area! Very easy trail but fairly busy (most trails at Elena Gallegos are). The blind at the pond was wonderful. Watched a piñon jay flying around and saw several frogs (also a novelty!). One frog ate a tadpole. Very interesting to see.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Nice trail in the cooler months and easy for children with a neat riparian area to view. Easy hike for most anyone.

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Mostly paved trail. Nice if you want something quick and easy. Perfect if you have kids.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

The trails are great and marked well with trail #. We relly liked Domingo De Bace trail. This part of the trail is filled with many ankle twisting bolders and rocks. There are many wonderful sights along the way on De Bace trail. The was the best trail. The other trails are too crowded.

Friday, October 05, 2012

Monday, May 07, 2012