New Mexico offers many opportunities for residents to explore the great outdoors year-round. Check your community’s parks and recreation listings to see more of what your local area has to offer.
2601 Central Ave. NW
Albuquerque, NM 87104 505-768-2000
There are nearly two miles of paths through formal and whimsical gardens to explore. Some of the garden’s exhibits include Mediterranean and desert conservatories, 1920s farm, Japanese and formal gardens. Each summer, familiar orange and black monarch adults float through the Botanic Garden and flutter inside the Butterfly Pavilion.
Cerrillos Hills State Park
37 Main St.
Cerrillos, NM 87010 505-474-0196
Cerrillos Hills, New Mexico’s 35th State Park, is a year-round, day-use park off the Turquoise Trail National Scenic Byway between Santa Fe and Albuquerque. You will cross paths with over 1,100 years of mining history along the 5 miles of trails and enjoy spectacular views of the Sandia, Ortiz, Jemez and Sangre de Cristo mountain ranges from a park elevation that ranges from 5,900 to 6,100 feet.
Rio Grande Nature Center State Park
2901 Candelaria Road NW
Albuquerque, NM 87107 505-344-7240
Located on the Rio Grande flyway, the Rio Grande Nature Center State Park offers excellent birdwatching opportunities throughout the year. There are indoor and outdoor wildlife viewing areas overlooking ponds, and trail access to the Rio Grande. The bosque, or riverside forest, features 2 miles of nature trails which wind through tall cottonwoods and past willow thickets and open sand flats alongside the Rio Grande.