Mayor Keller, Open Space Superintendent, Bernalillo County, and Federal Partners Encourage Residents to Visit Less-Utilized Trails and Parks to Help Keep Open Space Open
City maintains more than 29,000 acres of Open Space in foothills, Bosque, and west mesa
The City of Albuquerque Parks and Recreation Department through the Open Space Division maintains more than 29,000 acres of Major Public Open Space that contains hundreds of miles of hiking trails perfect for some exercise and enjoying Albuquerque’s perfect spring weather. During the COVID-19 public health emergency, City leaders are encouraging Burqueños to take advantage of less-used public lands while adhering to all social-distancing guidelines.
The 2,650 acres of the Sandia Foothills Open Space and the 4,300 acres of the Rio Grande Valley State Park, also known as the Bosque, are by far the most popular and heavily-trafficked areas, and visitors over the past few weekends have been met with large crowds and lines of hikers. But the City also manages 4,200 acres on the west side around the volcanoes, on the mesa top, and along the volcanic escarpment that is included within Petroglyph National Monument, featuring vast expanses of mesa-top lava flows, small volcanic features, archaeological sites, arroyo courses and wide vistas.
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