Elena Gallegos Cottonwood Springs Nature Trail

EASY 37 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. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

1.3 miles
137 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly



mountain biking

nature trips

trail running



wild flowers


9 months ago

Pretty little trail.

10 months ago

A very leisurely trail that will cost you a dollar during the week and two during the weekend. Plenty of parking and a lot of access to the trail as several other trails crisscross your path. Watch out for bikers, runners, and horseback riders. Also plenty of cacti.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

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.

Saturday, April 08, 2017

Great trail

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Perfect place for people with small children!

Saturday, February 04, 2017

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

Monday, September 05, 2016

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

Sunday, August 28, 2016

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

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.

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.

Thursday, September 02, 2010

If you are looking to be under a beautiful New Mexico sky but don't want to have to work to get there, this is the trail for you. Much of this trail is paved, so bring the stroller if you must. There is a pleasant bird blind and marsh for your enjoyment.

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horseback riding
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mountain biking
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